Speed is life for Vicksburg on basepaths

Published 11:30 am Thursday, April 19, 2012

When they’re lucky enough to retire Lamar Anthony and Clyde Kendrick, opposing pitchers breathe a sigh of relief. When they’re unlucky, and one or both of the Vicksburg High outfielders reach base, they — and everyone else at the ballpark — holds their breath.

Anthony and Kendrick can go from first base to third in the blink of an eye, seemingly teleporting across the diamond before the next batter digs in and then trotting home before their seat in the dugout gets cold.

Between them, they’ve been successful on 40 of 45 stolen base attempts this season and scored more than a third of the team’s runs. Kendrick has a .426 batting average and .474 on-base percentage, while Anthony is at .409 and .500 heading into Vicksburg’s first-round Class 6A playoff series against South Panola.

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“We want to get set up for the best way to third base,” Anthony said. “When me and Clyde are on first, it’s like we’re in scoring position.”