Miller belts 2 dingers to lead VHS over WCHS

Published 8:37 pm Wednesday, September 19, 2018

What’s better than hitting a home run against your team’s biggest rival?

Hitting another that’s bigger, better, and way more important.

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Jazmine Miller belted two home runs Tuesday — a solo shot in the first inning and a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth — to power Vicksburg High’s slow-pitch softball team to a 7-2 victory over archrival Warren Central.

“It was really good, especially against Warren Central,” Miller said. “I always have second doubts when I hit it over, because it doesn’t feel like I’m hitting balls like this.”

Kellisia Walker added a two-run home run in the sixth inning to make it 7-2 and seal Vicksburg’s first softball victory over Warren Central — in either slow- or fast-pitch — since the 2012 slow-pitch season.

“We have not beaten Warren Central, in slow-pitch or fast-pitch, in my tenure here, and this is going on six years,” Vicksburg coach Brian Ellis said. “The biggest thing for me right now is that we played a good ballgame tonight. Hopefully the girls can have that confidence that they can play well and beat good teams. We had a few mistakes, but they picked each other up.”

Miller’s two-out grand slam gave the Missy Gators a 5-2 lead, and came after two walks and an error loaded the bases. It was a frustrating sequence for Warren Central coach Dana McGivney, whose team entered the day with a four-game winning streak but never got in sync.

The Lady Vikes (7-6, 1-1 Region 6-III) had scored in double digits in every game during their winning streak.

“It should’ve never happened to begin with. We had a walk and then an error and a walk. If we didn’t make those, then she doesn’t get the chance to hit the grand slam and it changes the game a whole lot. Having to come back from five down is a lot harder than having to come back from one or two,” McGivney said. “We just didn’t come ready to play. I don’t know why, but we just seemed flat from the get-go and that’s how we played offensively and defensively.”

The win was a big one for Vicksburg (7-5, 1-0). Not only was it the program’s first against Warren Central in six years, it put the Missy Gators in first place in Region 6, Class III.

Warren Central and Vicksburg will play again on Sept. 27 at WC. Vicksburg also hosts Clinton on Thursday and WC plays at Clinton next Tuesday as all of the region’s teams play a round robin.

“This is game one. We’ve got three more games,” Ellis said. “But our goal from the beginning of the year was to win a district title in slow-pitch. We feel like we’ve got the opportunity to do it. We just have to stay focused and do it.”

PCA 7, Park Place 3

Hannah Embry struck out 17 batters and scattered three hits in a complete-game victory as Porter’s Chapel Academy (17-7, 7-3 MAIS District 3-AAA) beat Park Place Christian in a fast-pitch softball game on Tuesday.

Embry also went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Sara Grace Daniels was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Katie Tillman and Carlyle Smith each singled and scored a run.

Riverfield 9, St. Al 0

Anna Katherine Beauchamp and Anna Gatling each had a hit, but St. Aloysius (0-12, 0-9 District 3-AAA) allowed six runs in the bottom of the first inning and lost to Riverfield Academy.

Madison Parker hit an RBI triple for Riverfield (18-11, 7-3), while Riley Gibson doubled, drove in two runs and scored twice.

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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