Missy Gators playoff hopes dashed

Published 11:00 am Friday, May 2, 2014

In a span of 24 hours, the Vicksburg Missy Gators went from in control of their playoff series with Germantown to out of the postseason entirely.

Sydney Olander went 3-for-4 with a double, triple, RBI and three runs scored as Germantown blew open Game 2 of its Class 5A series with Vicksburg early and went on to a 12-0 rout and a sweep.

Vicksburg led 2-0 after 3 1/2 innings of Game 1, but was outscored 24-0 over the next seven innings of the series.

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“The last two days have been, poof, they’re gone. You don’t have a whole lot of time. It’s a tough deal,” Vicksburg coach Brian Ellis said. “I still believe we have a team that was capable of going deep in the playoffs. It just wasn’t their time.”

Blake DeRossette and Sydney Bufkin each had a single for Vicksburg (11-14), but that was all the offense the team mustered.

Germantown starting pitcher Carly Thompson struck out four in four innings before giving way to Rachel Wolverton for mop-up duty in the bottom of the fifth.

Germantown (16-7), helped along by eight VHS errors in the game, scored four runs in the top of the first inning, then three more in the second and third to take a 10-0 lead.

Megan Cummins went 2-for-4 with two doubles for the Lady Mavs, and Avery Burns had two hits and scored two runs.

“We hit the ball well today. Exceptionally well today,” Germantown coach Lindsey Perry said. “They came out flat (in Game 1) and knew it. They decided today they wanted to make history. This is the first time Germantown has been past the first round.”

Vicksburg was looking to advance as well, but had to settle for its highest win total in three years and the Division 4-5A championship.

“This is the tough time as a coach. It’s tough knowing you’ve got six seniors you’ve coached the whole year. Now it’s like, bam-bam, it’s all over with, so the words of wisdom don’t always come out,” Ellis said. “You can just tell them to keep their head up because they had a really good year.”

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is The Vicksburg Post's sports editor. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post's sports staff since 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured reporters in the paper's 140-year history. The New Jersey native is a graduate of LSU. In his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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