BOSSIER CITY – The North Webster Knights (17-6, 1-0 District 1-3A) have been an offensive juggernaut through their first 22 contests, but Thursday night on the road against Loyola, the boys in purple managed just four runs.
It turns out four runs was plenty of cushion for Knights hurler Logan Vidrine. The right-hander was nothing short of spectacular for North Webster, battling all night and winning constantly in a complete game, two-hit shutout of the Flyers to give the Knights a win in their first district contest.
North Webster managed just three hits in the game, but benefited from a trio of walks by Loyola starter Cullen Sharkey. The Flyers also committed three errors.
Riley Orr had the only RBI for North Webster, a single in the fifth inning. Clay Mahaffey and Logan Vidrine had singles for the Knights.
Vidrine’s big day on the mound was not without it’s drama.
With one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Vidrine allowed his second hit of the game, a single. Then, Vidrine plunked back-to-back batters to load the bases.
With the pressure mounting, Vidrine settled himself and delivered consecutive strikeouts to shut the door on Loyola’s comeback bid.
Many expect the district to be a Loyola/North Webster duel to the finish, and if last night’s game is any indication, it should be a close one.
North Webster’s next game is Monday, April 11 at Summerfield, with that game slated for a 6 p.m. start.