Vikings win in extra innings

Published 9:27 pm Saturday, March 3, 2018

PEARL — Warren Central broke out of its mini-slump in dramatic fashion Saturday.

Vantrel Reed delivered a two-run, go-ahead single in the top of the eighth inning as the Vikings came from behind to beat Hillcrest (Ala.) 4-2 in their finale at the Mid-Mississippi Classic.

The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for the Vikings (3-3).

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Reed finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while Shane Lewis was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Aaron Greene pitched 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory, and also had an RBI single.

Greene struck out five, walked one, and allowed two hits. Reed started on the mound and allowed six hits and five walks — but only two runs — in 3 2/3 innings.

Hillcrest scored both of its runs in the bottom of the second inning, on an RBI single by Griffin Eldridge and a bases-loaded walk by Colby Smelley, to take a 2-1 lead.

Warren Central tied it in the fifth inning, when Lewis drove a double to the gap in left center and eventually scored on a squeeze bunt by Wesley Ricks.

The score remained 2-2 until the top of the eighth. Ricks and Alan Kivett reached on a pair of one-out singles, and Hank Holdiness was intentionally walked to load the bases. Reed followed with a single to left field that scored both Ricks and Kivett to give the Vikings a 4-2 lead.

Greene retired the side in order in the bottom of the eighth to preserve the win.

Warren Central will play its Division 4-6A opener at home against Provine Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Franklin County 7, Vicksburg 3

Garrett Smith doubled in two runs during a six-run fourth inning rally that propelled Franklin County past Vicksburg High (1-2).

The Gators had taken a 2-1 lead in the third inning when Haden Luke scored on a passed ball and Tyron Moore hit a sacrifice fly. Franklin County, however, responded with its big fourth inning and never trailed again.

Kameron Jones and Alfred Barnes each singled and scored a run for Vicksburg. Branden Humphrey pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and finished with four strikeouts.

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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