Gators fall to Pearl, play for title tonight

Published 11:30 am Friday, April 11, 2014

Vicksburg and Pearl separated early from the pack in Division 4-5A, and split a pair of one-run games so far this season.

Now, they’ll meet one more time to settle once and for all who deserves the division championship.

Pearl’s Dalton Sullivan tripled and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the sixth inning Thursday, and the Pirates hung on to beat Vicksburg 3-2 at Bazinsky Field.

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Pearl’s victory evened the three-game season series at one win apiece, with both teams having won by a run. That makes tonight’s final meeting in Pearl a winner-take-all affair for the division title.

The game will start at 7 p.m.

“That’s the beauty of a three-game series,” Vicksburg coach Ryan Grey said. “It shouldn’t be tough to shake this off. The guys know what they’ve got to do and are up for the task. Whoever shows up will win. Both teams are pretty even.”

Michael Rohrer went 2-for-4 and drove in both of Vicksburg’s runs with a double in the fifth inning. That tied the game at 2 — Pearl had taken an early lead on Zack Prince’s two-run single in the first inning — but it didn’t last long.

Sullivan led off the sixth inning with a line drive to center field that got past a diving Eric Green. Sullivan made it to third with a triple, then scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch two pitches later.

Tanner Jones held the Gators to five hits to get the complete-game win. He walked two batters and struck out eight.

Four of the Gators’ five hits came from Rohrer and John Plummer, who had two each.