Greenville hands Vikings a stunning loss

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 4, 2009

Rod Williams’ bases-clearing double highlighted a four-run rally for Greenville-Weston, which for the first time in recent memory defeated Warren Central in baseball.

The 11-10 loss denied the Vikings (6-13, 4-3 Division 4-5A) a chance to clinch a playoff berth for first-year coach Josh Abraham.

Abraham was pretty succinct about the loss, the Vikings’ third straight this week.

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“We lost,” he said.

Greenville (3-9) hit the ball well all game and finished with 13 hits. it also made good use of five Viking errors, two of which came in the decisive seventh inning.

The game was tied at 7 going into the seventh. Colby Key had pitched well in relief of starter Jason Pettway, who was knocked out of the game in the third inning following a two-run homer by Darrion Jackson that gave the Hornets a 5-1 lead.

Key’s defense, though, let him down in the seventh. Darius Kennedy reached on an infield error and the Vikings couldn’t make a play on Jamichael Jones’ ground ball to short. Jackson’s infield hit, his fourth of the game, loaded the bases with no outs and Williams followed with his double into right center, clearing the bases and handing Greenville a 10-7 lead.

Key got the next two Hornets out but Williams was able to tack on an insurance run when the Vikings botched a rundown from third to home plate.

Down 11-7, the Vikings made it interesting in the bottom of the seventh.

Dylan Wooten doubled with one out to score Key and make it 11-8. A dropped fly ball between short and shallow left — which would have ended the game had it been caught — made it 11-9. Darrick White then doubled on a full-count to trim the lead to 11-10. De Kelley followed with a long fly ball to left field that was caught on the warning track for the final out.

“It’s the first time we’ve beaten them. We’ve been close. This is a good thing for our kids. We’re really young. We start two freshmen and two sophomores,” Greenville coach Charles Lee said.

The only good thing Abraham could answer about his team was its attitude.

“We didn’t give up. We scratched our way back,” he said.

Warren Central scored five times in the bottom of the fourth to erase the 5-1 deficit. Three Greenville errors helped out along with hits from White, Key and Beau Wallace.

A leadoff triple by Adam Lee followed by a double from Key made it 7-5. The Hornets, though, got both runs back in the sixth on a passed ball and three hits.

Jackson finished 4-for-4 while Williams drove in four runs. Jones went the distance to get his first win in his first varsity start.

Lee led WC with three hits.

The Vikings will host Port Gibson today at 2 p.m.


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