Valdosta Daily Times

Top Sports News

October 3, 2013

Vikettes Softball win region

VALDOSTA — The Lowndes Vikettes softball team will now be known as the Region 1-AAAAAA Region Championship Vikettes after taking down the Tift County Lady Devils on Tuesday in Tifton.

The Vikettes went up against a pitcher who was nearly flawless. Adriana Durden for the Devils pitched 14 innings but gave up only five hits and just one earned run.

The Vikettes were able to overcome her efforts, however, and swept the doubleheader with a pair of 1-0 victories.

“Offensively both games were like a pitching duel,” said Vikettes Head Coach Stewart Thomas.

Tift Co. had only lost one game all season until this point and came into the doubleheader undefeated in the Region 1-AAAAAA softball race.

After the win by the Vikettes, they will finish the regular season in first place in the region.

“We played a good defensive game,” said Thomas.

Lowndes had only lost once in the region to Coffee but ended their season with the region title.

In Game 1, Rebecca Prairie got two hits in three at bats and hit the game winning home run in the top of the 7th to give the Vikettes a win.

The Vikettes pitcher was Haley Fowler for the first contest. Fowler pitched seven innings, gave up no runs and had five strikeouts, helping the Vikettes seal a victory.

 The two sides played another scoreless contest through seven innings of the second matchup in the doubleheader.

“We did what we had to do in the second game,” added Thomas. “ We did not make many errors in the game and did not walk many people. We executed well to get it done in the end.”

Vikettes pitcher Crystal Eason was the starter in the second match and went six innings before being swapped out for first game starter Haley Fowler.

Eason struck out four players and gave up only two walks through her six innings as pitcher.

Fowler came in to close out the game, giving up zero runs and only one walk. Fowler did not give up any runs in her final inning of the doubleheader.

An eighth inning was forced due to the game being scoreless at the bottom of the seventh.

“Both Eason and Fowler did a great job pitching. We were able to catch them off balance and it helped us out a lot,” said Thomas.

The Vikettes were finally able to score in the eight inning to win the Region title. LaGiah Woods was the player that crossed the plate for the Vikettes after the Tift Co. catcher made an error to the pitcher, which resulted in an overthrow, allowing Woods to score.

Jada McGillberry was the Vikette who made the run possible, bunting the ball at the plate in the eighth inning.

“I bet we had about 40 people out there and they were loud. If I was a betting man, I’d say we had more than Tift Co. did. That really helped us out,” said Thomas. “I am proud of my girls and we are looking forward to the playoffs.”

The Vikettes finished 24-3-1 on the regular season and are preparing for the coming playoffs.

The Vikettes will play home playoff games on Oct. 16 and 17 against the #4 seed of Region 3-AAAAAA, which has not yet been determined. 

1
Text Only
Top Sports News
  • Blazers to play three games on GSC-TV

    Valdosta State will play three televised games this fall, the Gulf South Conference announced Wednesday as it released its GSC-TV schedule.

    July 31, 2014

  • 2014 World Championships 216 (640x427).jpg Best of the Best

    The students of Performance Martial Arts Academy continue to rack up accolades and after a weekend in Little Rock, Ark., those accolades include the title of world champion.
    Mark Webb and Madison Swain both earned world championships at the American Taekwondo Association's Taekwondo World Championships a few weeks ago. Four other Performance Martial Arts students also competed in the event.

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • 150723-Lowndes_Brooks5.jpg Winding Down

    In its final 7-on-7 test of the summer, Randy McPherson was pleased with how the Lowndes football team looked Wednesday morning.
    Brooks County coach Maurice Freeman, on the other hand, was worried about the kind of hole the Trojans would have dug for themselves at Martin Stadium against the Vikings and Lafayette (Fla.) had it been a real game.

    July 24, 2014 3 Photos

  • Grable signs with Tampa Bay

    Another former Valdosta State football player joined the ranks of the National Football League when linebacker Jeremy Grable signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday morning.

    July 23, 2014

  • MaryAlice.jpg Just Keep Running

    Forrest Gump once said, "I used to run to get to where I was going, but I never thought it would take me anywhere." In the case of 18 year-old Mary Alice Smoot, anywhere is Tampa, Fla.
    After four years of unparalleled success running cross-country at Valwood, Smoot will continue running competitively next season at the University of Tampa.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 10U ELITE World Series Champs.jpg DKSA Elite win USSSA Global World Series

    DKSA ELITE just continues to win, the 10U team’s latest victory came in the USSSA Global World Series held in Destin, Fla. July 8-12.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Valwood.jpg A Different Look

    With football summer workouts in full swing, occasionally the intensity and competitive drive can wane going against teammates. But on Friday, Valwood, Brookwood, Lanier County and Tiftarea Academy broke up the monotony by meeting at Goddard Field for a four-team, 7-on-7 passing league.

    July 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • pilcher.jpg Berrien competes in 6-team passing camp

    If Ed Pilcher had his way, Berrien High would never throw the football.
    But that doesn't mean the veteran coach doesn't enjoy the opportunity that a passing league, or the six-team passing camp at Cairo on Thursday morning, can provide his Rebels.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bubba Walker promoted to defensive coordinator

    Valdosta State Linebacker Coach Bubba Walker has been promoted to fill the open posiiton of defensive coordinator for the Blazer football team according to an announcement made by VSU Head Coach David Dean Thursday.

    July 18, 2014

  • Albritton wins NCAA Elite 89

    Courtney Albritton's tremendous 2013-2014 season earned her one more award Thursday night when the Valdosta State softball star won the NCAA's Favorite Elite 89 Winner contest by securing the more votes than any other student-athlete.

    July 17, 2014

Top News
Poll

Do you agree with the millage rate increases?

Yes. We need to maintain services
No. Services should have been cut.
     View Results