Vikings top Germantown to stop skid

Published 10:35 am Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Warren Central’s Marcus Ragan (27) is congratulated by teammate Nathan Hearn (29) after scoring a run in the first inning Monday against Germantown. (Ernest Bowker/The Vicksburg Post)

Warren Central’s Marcus Ragan (27) is congratulated by teammate Nathan Hearn (29) after scoring a run in the first inning Monday against Germantown. (Ernest Bowker/The Vicksburg Post)

RIDGELAND — It was cold. It was dreary. It was muddy. For the last two innings, a steady rain fell.

Warren Central got in a full seven innings and left with a victory, however, so it was an absolutely beautiful day at the ballpark.

Layne Tedder pitched six strong innings and helped his own cause with an RBI single as Warren Central beat Germantown 6-2 Monday in the Ridgeland Spring Break Classic.

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“It feels better that we just came out and played good baseball. We were sound all the way through. Offense, defense, Tedder threw a good game and we just competed and had fun playing the game,” Warren Central coach Conner Douglas said.

The Vikings (3-3) have scored at least five runs in five of their six games this season, but hadn’t had much to show for it lately. Errors and subpar pitching contributed to a three-game losing streak.

That changed Monday. They did not commit an error, Tedder struck out six and allowed two runs in six innings, and the hot hitting continued.

The Vikings struck for four runs in the bottom of the first inning and never trailed. They used two errors, a wild pitch, and a couple of infield hits to manufacture the early lead. John Austin Burris had a sacrifice fly and Tyler McRight an RBI single.

“We got away from our identity this past weekend and I’m glad to see us bounce back,” Douglas said.

Marcus Ragan and Tedder each had an RBI single in the fourth inning to stretch the lead to 6-0, and that was more than enough for Tedder.

The senior left-hander did walk four batters, but didn’t allow a hit until Chance Cotton’s leadoff double in the fourth. He pitched out of that jam and another in the fifth inning with minimal damage before giving way to closer Brooks Boolos.

Boolos struck out two of the three batters he faced in the seventh to finish things off.

Ragan finished the game 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while Taft Nesmith had two hits and scored a run.

Connor Cotton had an RBI double for Germantown (4-3) and Hunter Shows brought in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Holt (Ala.) 5, St. Aloysius 4

St. Aloysius left the bases loaded three times and gave up two runs in the bottom of the seventh as Tuscaloosa Holt rallied for a win at the Gulf Shores Classic.

Drake Dorbeck struck out nine batters in four innings of relief for St. Al. He also singled twice and drove in a run. Will Pierce had a double and scored a run.

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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