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March 28, 2011

Lady Vikings win again

TARBORO — Playing their second game in as many days the Tarboro Lady Vikings softball team defeated the Rocky Mount Lady Gryphons by the 10 run mercy rule for the second day in a row 13-2 on Friday in Rocky Mount. The Lady Vikings defeated the Gryphons 12-2 on Thursday in their "Vikings fight Cancer" game.

Tarboro improves to 3-5 on the season.

The Lady Vikings jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but that wouldn't last long. The Lady Gryphons battled back and scored two runs of their own to take a 2-1 lead.

Tarboro would take the momentum right back, when Ernesha White led the second inning off with a walk, two batters later Sara Whitehurst tripled to score White. Erin Proctor then drove in Whitehurst with a ground ball.

Whitehurst started pitching for the Lady Vikings and would take complete control after giving up the two runs in the first inning. Whitehurst threw a complete game five innings giving up two runs on four hits, walking one and striking out seven.

"Sara threw a gem for us and she seems to be getting better each game out," said Tarboro coach Riley Hurdle.

The Lady Vikings would strike again in the third inning scoring four more runs on two hits from Kelisia Jones and Sarah Edmonds.

"We played a lot better and it feels good for us to go out and play a complete game," said Hurdle.

Tarboro wasn't finished, they tacked on two more runs in the fourth and four more runs in the fifth.

Jones led the Lady Vikings offensively going 3 for 4 with two doubles.

"Kelisia is knocking the cover off the ball right now and she made some great plays defensively for us," said Hurdle. "It feels good to get two wins in a row and have momentum going back into conference play. We need a win the conference," he said.

Also getting hits for Tarboro were Sara Whitehurst who went 1 for 2 with a RBI triple and Kailyn Abrams who went 2 for 4 with a RBI double.

Tarboro is back in action at 7 p.m. on Tuesday when they host conference foe Kinston.

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