Gators take two in doubleheader
Published 12:33 am Sunday, March 30, 2014
Victories for the Vicksburg Gators came in a variety of shapes and sizes on Saturday.
In the first game of a doubleheader, the Gators rallied from four runs down in the sixth inning to beat Cathedral 7-6. In the nightcap, Michael Rohrer pitched a five-inning no-hitter to lead them to a 10-0 rout of Lawrence County.
The two victories ran Vicksburg’s winning streak to three games, and improved its record to 8-6. It’s the first time this season that the team has been over .500.
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“Two great wins today,” Gators coach Ryan Grey said. “The first game was a great gut-check win. We got punched in the mouth early but fought our way back to get the win. Game two was a more relaxing type of win. We jumped on them early to get the lead, and our defense and pitching shut the door on them. In the game of baseball, you have to be able to win many different ways and we were able to get two today.”
The first game was definitely the more exciting of the two. Trailing 6-2 entering the bottom of the sixth, the Gators scored five times to take the lead.
Jekori Reed brought in the go-ahead runs with a two-run triple. He finished 3-for-4 with a double, triple, and two RBIs. He also got the win with two sharp innings of relief work.
John Plummer also had two hits for the Gators.
“I’m proud of my guys for not hanging their heads, down four and believing we can win any game until the last out is made,” Grey said.
After scrambling to win the first half of the matinee at Warren Central’s Viking Field — Vicksburg’s normal home park, Bazinsky Field, was unplayable after two days of hard rain — Rohrer sent the Gators on a victory lap.
Rohrer allowed just two walks and faced 16 batters in tossing his five-inning no-hitter. He struck out two batters along the way.
Reed was once again the hitting star, going 3-for-3 with a solo home run, double, and three RBIs.
“He was locating his fastball well and was able to throw his curve for a strike whenever he needed to,” Grey said of Rohrer. “He is the ultimate competitor wherever he is on the field, and that’s how he pitched today.”