Gators drop Game 1 of baseball playoff series vs. Ridgeland

Published 9:46 pm Friday, April 29, 2022

Ridgeland never really gashed Vicksburg in Game 1 of their MHSAA Class 5A baseball playoff series. It was more of a slow bleed that eventually left the Gators dry.

Parker Ishee had two hits and scored two runs, Jarvis Woody pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings, and Ridgeland beat Vicksburg 8-0 on Friday.

Ridgeland (18-10) scored three runs in the fourth inning and three more in the seventh to blow open an otherwise close game. Vicksburg pitcher Chris Green, a sophomore, had four strikeouts and only walked two batters in six innings.

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“Chris Green pitched a hell of a game tonight,” Vicksburg coach Antonio Calvin said. “I know the score didn’t necessarily look like it, but as you can see he gave up one in the first, put up some zeroes, gave up three and then put up another zero and gave up one more. He bowed his neck and we knew that he would do that. He’s built for it.

Vicksburg (18-8) was also plagued by a series of hard-hit balls that were either run down in the outfield or played cleanly for outs.

Woody allowed five hits and walked three batters while totaling a modest four strikeouts. Vicksburg left seven runners on base, including four in scoring position.

Braylon Green reached base three times for the Gators, on two singles and a walk. Tyler Carter and Conner Harrigill each hit a double.

Ridgeland beat Vicksburg 16-1 when they played each other in the regular season on April 9. The hard-hit balls and more competitive flow of Friday’s contest was one positive takeaway, Calvin said, heading into a do-or-die situation on Saturday.

The Gators must win on the road at Ridgeland in Game 2 of the best-of-three series to force a decisive Game 3 back at Showers Field on Monday night. Lose, and the program’s best season in a decade will end with an early playoff exit.

Saturday’s game will begin at 1 p.m.

“We know this team. This team used to be in our district. That boy that was on the hill tonight was their ace. He did a valiant job, but we hit some balls really, really hard and just hit them at people,” Calvin said. “They hit some balls really, really hard and hit them where we weren’t standing. And unfortunately, that’s baseball. It happens. But I’m extremely proud of our players. We played a hell of a game and we’ll be ready tomorrow.”

MHSAA Class 5A baseball playoffs
Game 1: Ridgeland 8, Vicksburg 0
Game 2: Saturday, 1 p.m., at Ridgeland
Game 3: Monday, 6 p.m., at Vicksburg (if necessary)

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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