Walk-off grand slam sinks Vicksburg|Prep baseball

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Michael Manley hit a walk-off grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to hand the Gators their fourth straight loss.

Manley’s bomb to straightaway center came off reliever Cody Waddell. Gator starter Cameron Cooksey had held Terry scoreless for five straight innings after a three-run first. In the seventh, Cooksey allowed a two-out hit and with the top of the line-up coming up, VHS coach Jamie Creel pulled him.

Waddell hit his first batter and then intentionally walked Deshun Dixon to load the bases and bring up Manley.

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“We were two mental plays from a perfect game for us. I felt a lot better with how we played for the most part. Cameron really held us in there, but then we didn’t back up the play at first base there in the seventh and it put us in tough spot,” Creel said.

Vicksburg (4-5) got all of its runs in a three-run third inning to erase Terry’s 3-0 lead.

Lamar Anthony hit a double to the right-center gap to score Jacob Thomas. Taylor Brocato singled to score Anthony and Jonathan Clay tied it when he scored on a wild pitch.

Manley also got the pitching win for Terry. He went seven innings and scattered four hits. He allowed just two runners, both on walks, over his last four innings.