Vikings top Oak Grove in playoff tuneup

Published 7:55 am Thursday, April 19, 2018

Warren Central notched a 4-0 shutout against Oak Grove in their last regular season game on Tuesday to give them a 19-8 record to finish the year.

The Vikings dominated from the mound, with Caleb Sterling getting the start and throwing a pristine five innings in which he allowed three hits, one walk and zero runs while striking out four. Colin Standish finished the game and allowed just one hit over the last two innings and struck out three batters.

At the plate, Warren Central had nine hits to Oak Grove’s four, and didn’t commit an error while Oak Grove had two. A big second inning gave Warren Central all four of its runs. D.J. Lewis and Vantrel Reed each had a double and one RBI, Alan Kivett had two hits, Sean Daily had one hit and two RBIs, and Hank Holdiness had one hit and one RBI.

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Warren Central opens the Class 6A playoffs Friday at home, at 6 p.m. against Hernando. Game 2 of the best-of-three series is Saturday at 6 p.m. at Hernando, and if a Game 3 is necessary it’ll be played Monday at Warren Central.

St. Al 10, Glenbrook 0

Tyler Breithaupt threw a three-hit shutout as St. Aloysius dominated Glenbrook 10-0 on Tuesday.

The Flashes controlled the offensive battle, landing 12 hits and scoring nine runs in the fourth inning to win the game by the 10-run mercy rule in five innings.

A variety of players got in on the hitting action. James Trichell had three hits and one RBI, Breithaupt had two hits and two RBIs, Wes Warnock had two hits and one RBI, Ethan Parmegiani notched one hit and two RBIs, and Thomas Trichell, Kieran Theriot and Josh Collins each had one hit and one RBI.

The Flashes take on Silliman Institute Friday at 7 p.m. in their final matchup of the regular season before they begin postseason play.
St. Al’s first-round playoff opponent has not yet been determined.

Vicksburg 11, Clinton 0

Vicksburg High’s final game of the baseball regular season was a tough loss to stomach, as it fell to Clinton in a five-inning game shortened by the mercy rule.

The Gators gave up eight runs in the first inning and three more in the third.

Vicksburg had just two hits compared to Clinton’s nine.

Chris Garrish and Branden Humphrey were the two Vicksburg players who registered hits in the game, while Marcus Bennett and Sharkey Fisher drew walks to become the only others Gators to reach first base.

Humphrey pitched all four innings for the Gators. He managed to escape two innings without giving up a run, but still gave up nine hits, eight earned runs, three walks and two home runs while striking out one.

Clinton Johnson hit a two-run home run in the first inning for Clinton, and Walker Burchfield added another two-run shot in the third.
Johnson also doubled and was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

The Gators will face Olive Branch in the first round of the MHSAA Class 5A playoffs.

Game 1 of the best-of-three series is Friday at 6 p.m. at Olive Branch. Game 2 is Saturday at 6 p.m. at Bazinsky Field, and if a Game 3 is necessary it will be played Monday night at Olive Branch.