Gators blank Pearl, outslug Port Gibson

Published 12:08 am Sunday, April 1, 2012

For the first time all season, Vicksburg got to play some Saturday afternoon baseball at Bazinsky Field.

Vicksburg (7-6) has spent much of the year on the road and three of its first four home games were rained out, including Friday night’s crucial Division 3-6A game with Clinton. It has left VHS coach Ryan Grey frustrated.

“It’s killing me because now we’ve got to make up two division games either during the last week of the season or during our bye week time,” Grey said. “We’ll be playing at least three times a week for the rest of the year. That’s a lot of baseball.”

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At least Grey was satisfied that his Gators grabbed two wins Saturday. They beat Port Gibson 14-8 in the second game using four pitchers, who combined for 10 strikeouts.

“We were down to our 4-5-6 and 7th guy, but we need those guys to eat up some innings for us,” Grey said.

The Blue Waves (3-12) went the distance and actually led 6-5 going into the bottom of the fourth inning. Vicksburg struck for three runs as John Plummer doubled and scored while Clyde Kendrick got his third hit of the game with an RBI single. Kendrick and Cameron Cooksey later scored off of two of the Blue Waves’ five errors.

“We’re a young team with seven ninth-graders,” Port Gibson coach Dan Smith said. “We’re in a tough division with Magee, Germantown and Richland, but I’m proud of my guys.”

Port Gibson junior Silento Sayles was on the mound and threw 122 pitches before leaving. He gave up 14 runs, eight earned, off eight hits, nine walks and four hit batters. He struck out seven.

Alex Thomas pitched the best of the four Gator hurlers, pitching 21⁄3 innings of scoreless ball to grab the win.

Kendrick, Plummer and Lamar Anthony scored three runs each to lead the Gators offense. Sayles had two hits, two runs scored and a RBI for Port Gibson.

Vicksburg 6, Pearl 0

Jekori Reed tossed a complete game shutout of the Pirates. The sophomore needed just 75 pitches to gain the win. He struck out five.

Clyde Kendrick provided most of the offense with two doubles and a single. Kendrick’s two-run double in the bottom of the sixth put the game away. Cameron Cooksey, Josh Sterling and Michael Rohrer also had RBI singles.