Lady Vikes win tourney

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 14, 2010

When they play good defense, good things happen for the Warren Central Lady Vikes.

Warren Central won the Lady Vikes Invitational by bagging three wins, including a 4-2 triumph over Brookhaven in a seven-inning final Saturday at Lucy Young Field.

Chelsea Worley got the complete-game win. She scattered six hits and struck out six, including the tournament’s final out when she got Erica Bridwell to go down with one on in the bottom of the seventh.

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“Chelsea’s curveball was on. They couldn’t get any power behind their swings,” said WC catcher Blair Thornton, who led the Lady Vikes’ defensive effort. Thornton caught two foul balls, threw out a bunt attempt and then made a key tagout to thwart a go-ahead run in the fourth inning on an outfield assist from Sydnei Smith.

“Sydnei finally made a good throw home,” Thornton quipped. “I think this will help get our confidence up. We didn’t make as many errors as we have been making.”

WC coach Dana McGivney was elated with the effort.

“This (Brookhaven) was the best game of the day. Blair was good behind the plate. She threw some people out and called a good game. Chelsea was great. If we play good defense, that’s how we can win games.”

Warren Central moves into intercession week with a 5-3 record. They visit archrival Vicksburg on Thursday. In three games Saturday, they made just two errors. The only error against Brookhaven (2-7) came in the sixth, which led to an unearned run that made it 4-2.

WC broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth when Smith walked, stole second, went to third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch. The Lady Vikes added two runs in the sixth thanks to two Brookhaven errors. Worley, who reached on the first error, scored on a RBI grounder by Katie Busby. Krista Cortezie then singled and scored on Thornton’s flyout to right for a 4-1 lead. WC’s other came in the first off doubles from Smith and Mallory Reynolds. Brookhaven got two doubles and a run from Stevie Wright.


Terry 14, VHS 5

The Lady Bulldogs won the third-place game by jumping out to a 10-0 lead. The Missy Gators (1-6) did come back with five runs in the second inning to make it a 10-5 game. Kortni Newman and Megan Wright drew walks and scored off a hit by pitch and a RBI single from Torey Daniels. Daniels and Jalorine Chandler later scored on a double by Lea Davies.

WC 5, Terry 1

Krista Cortezie blasted a two-run triple to highlight a three-run third inning to put WC in the finals. Mallory Reynolds gave up one run in three innings of work for the win.

Brookhaven 11, VHS 0

The Lady Panthers came back from a 5-0 loss to Clinton to beat Vicksburg and get a berth in the finals.

Clinton 14, VHS 1

Clinton got its second win over the Missy Gators this week by scoring 11 runs in the second inning. Lea Davies had a hit and a run scored for Vicksburg.

Terry 7, St. Al 2

Terry sent St. Al out of the tournament by scoring four runs in the first inning. St. Al (3-4) got a hit and a run scored from Grace Franco.

WC 5, St. Al 1

Krista Cortezie had a double and a run scored while Alexis Patterson and Katie Busby had a single and a run scored. Chasity Hearn had a double and Mallory Reynolds had a RBI single.

Sara Howington doubled and scored to lead the Lady Flashes.