A four-run first inning sparked Class AA Vidalia to a 9-2 win over visiting Pierce County in last Thursday’s scrimmage game.
The Lady Indians, who posted a 34-5 record a year ago en route to a runner-up finish in the state finals, opened up a 7-0 lead through three innings.
PCHS, which went 28-5 last year and fell in the second round of the state tournament, managed just two hits with its revamped lineup that lost five starters.
Vidalia recorded three hits and took advantage of an error in the opening frame against Tiffany Turner (3 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 2 K, 1 BB). The Lady Indians added a run in the second and two more in the third taking advantage of another fielding miscue.
The Lady Bears scored their pair of runs in the fourth cutting the deficit to 7-2 doing the damage with two outs and nobody on base. Ellington Day drew a walk with Turner following two pitches later with a double to left. Abby Cox stroked the ensuing pitch for a two-run double scoring day and courtesy runner Kaylee Allen.
Vidalia got one run back in the bottom half of the inning on a leadoff homer off reliever Kimberly Day (2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 K, 0 BB). The Lady Indians pushed across their final run in the bottom of the fifth.
Harlie Phillips worked a hitless sixth inning and recorded a strikeout.
PCHS opened its season Tuesday hosting Wayne County. The Lady Bears entertain Jeff Davis today (Wednesday) at 6 p.m.
Pierce will travel to Carrollton to play in a tournament Friday and Saturday. Friday’s first game is against Central Carroll at 5 p.m., with a matchup with East Paulding following at 7 p.m.