Patterson powers Lady Vikes past VHS

Published 10:58 am Friday, September 7, 2012

The sensational senior season of Alexis Patterson continued Thursday.

Warren Central’s shortstop belted a pair of two-run, over-the-fence home runs at Lucy Young Field to lift the Lady Vikes past rival Vicksburg 6-3. The home runs were Patterson’s fourth and fifth of the season.

Both times she knocked in Karley Hinson, who had a good day herself with a triple and two doubles. Lexi Burleigh and Kasy Cortezie also had a double each as seven of WC’s nine hits went for extra bases.

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None, though, did more damage than Patterson’s homers that helped WC improve its record to 10-2 overall and 2-1 in Region 2-6A. The first came in the bottom of the first inning after Vicksburg (8-2, 0-1) took a 3-0 lead.

Hinson ripped a two-out triple and Patterson followed with a high-arching drive that left the park to make it 3-2.

In her second plate appearance, Hinson was on second base after a double that knocked in Burleigh to tie the game at 3. With two outs and a base open, Patterson was intentionally walked. A ground ball ended the threat.

WC broke the tie in the fourth when Mallarie Ashley reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a bases-loaded walk issued to Burleigh.

Patterson was back up in the fifth and Hinson was again on base with a leadoff double. VHS coach Michelle Fisackerly elected to pitch to Patterson and she responded with a line-drive homer to left-center to make it 6-3.

“I was expecting to get walked again,” Patterson said. “I saw Faith (Thomas) look over to her coach to see if they would put me on. They didn’t.”

Fisackerly said she did not want to walk Patterson at that time.

“If she can hit it, she can hit it,” Fisackerly said.

Hinson was happy to trot home a second time. She and Patterson combined to go 5-for-5 with five extra base hits, four runs scored and five RBIs.

“I know if I can get on, Alexis will get me around,” Hinson said.

Patterson said a good offseason has paid off with her surging power.

“I worked a lot harder this summer,” Patterson said. “My adrenaline was going after they got up 3-0 and, yeah, that was a good shot. The second one went straight to the trucks.”

Vicksburg, which hit the ball much better this time than in a 4-0 tournament loss to WC in their first meeting on Aug. 25, went down in order in the sixth and seventh innings. The Missy Gators also got their first two runners on base in the fifth inning but came up empty.

“We couldn’t take advantage of some situations they gave us,” Fisackerly said. “Still, it was a good game for us. We hit the ball a lot better tonight.”

Four of Vicksburg’s eight hits came in the first inning. Kortni Newman had the third hit of the frame and it scored Blake DeRossette for a 1-0 lead. Olivia Oaks followed with a single to left to score Thomas, then Newman came around off a WC error for a 3-0 lead.