Vicksburg earns split at Sumrall tournament

Published 11:24 am Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Vicksburg Gators found their hitting stroke at the Sumrall spring break tournament.

Unfortunately, so did Oak Grove.

Tyler Odom went 3-for-4 with three home runs and seven RBIs, and Cort Brinson also homered as Oak Grove routed Vicksburg 14-5 on Tuesday. The Warriors scored 10 runs in the first three innings.

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After that loss, Vicksburg bounced back to win its tournament finale against Tupelo Christian, 6-5. The Gators hit four doubles and Clyde Kendrick, Cameron Cooksey and Josh Sterling all had two hits apiece.

Kendrick also went seven innings on the mound to get the win. He struck out six batters, and allowed only two runs until Tupelo Christian struck for three in the top of the seventh to make a game of it.

The improved hitting was a welcome sight for Vicksburg coach Ryan Grey. In his team’s first five games this season, it had a .206 batting average, 29 total hits and scored 12 runs. In three games in Sumrall, Vicksburg had 28 hits and scored 11 runs.

Darius Kendrick homered in the loss to Oak Grove, Lamar Anthony had a triple and Cameron Cooksey had a double and an RBI. The Gators (3-5) had nine extra-base hits in the three tournament games.

They beat Ridgeland on Monday, 5-3.

“We’re starting to hit the ball, and we’re finding some guys that didn’t get much playing time early in the year. They’re getting an opportunity and producing for us,” Grey said. “I like our chances in the district if we keep going like this.”