Hoggard 6 Reidsville 0
Hoggard plated four runs on two hits and two Reidsville miscues in the bottom of the fourth and used a strong performance on the mound by Robert Wilkerson as the Vikings picked up a 6-0 bounce-back win on Wednesday afternoon.
Wilkerson struck out four and scattered three hits in a complete game shutout, while Bryson Floyd was saddled with the loss after giving up two earned runs on five hits.
“All the credit goes to my defense,” said Wilkerson. “I just try to go up there and throw strikes and know they have my back. We wanted this one after yesterday’s game and it’s a huge confidence boost to get runs early. It takes a lot pressure off your pitcher when you’re able to get runs early in the game.”
After posting zeros through the first two and a half innings play, Hoggard used small ball to set up the four-run third after Sam Schmidt was issued a leadoff walk. Back-to-back sacrifice bunts were then mishandled by the Rams to load the bases when Floyd was able to get a force out at home plate for the second out of the frame.
It was Brandon Boone who came through for the Vikings with a two-RBI single up the middle as Luke McKeithan scored from first to clear the bases on a throwing error by the Reidsville center-fielder.
“The pitching was tipping his pitches a bit and I was just trying to hit a fast ball and shot it through the middle to bring in a couple of runs,” said Boone.
Boone advanced to third on the play and Mitch Cadby made it 4-0 with a running scoring single to close the rally.
Cadby went 2-for-2 with a double, run scored and run batted in to pace the Hoggard lineup.
That was all the help Wilkerson would need as the sophomore hurler pitched to contact, avoided deep counts and used seven pitches to work out of a one-two-three fifth inning. Reidsville had five base runners all game and just one reached third. J.P. Price also made a pair of sliding catches on a full sprint into foul territory along the right field line.
“We gave the game away yesterday and I think we had that in our minds heading into today’s game,” said Boone. “It’s definitely a booster to get one back today–swing the bat a little bit–especially heading into the second half of conference next week.”
Hoggard tacked on two more unearned runs in the sixth to put the game in check.
The Vikings take on Southern Lee at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Reidsville faces Laney at 10:30 a.m.
Box score R H E
Reidsville 000 000 0 0 3 5
Hoggard 004 002 x 6 5 1
WP: Robert Wilkerson LP: Bryson Floyd