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Vicksburg not limited to one style, young Bulldogs reach first state semifinal

Softball   | Steve Vedder

Vicksburg not limited to one style, young Bulldogs reach first state semifinal

Vicksburg - Think of it as small ball at its smallest.

While Vicksburg's softball team may not completely lack power, it was speed and an uncanny ability to make things happen by putting the ball in play that explained Tuesday's 14-2 thumping of defending state champion Wayland Union in a Division 2 quarterfinal at Davenport University.

Despite the ball never leaving the infield, an opportunistic Vicksburg offense turned a five-run first inning into what will be the school’s first state semifinal appearance.

Vicksburg (35-8) will play Livonia Ladywood on Thursday at Michigan State at 3 p.m.

Ladywood is no stranger to the semifinals. Ladywood lost in the final in 2009 and ’14, and won the title in ’12.

Vicksburg did eventually add three extra base hits that drove in six runs, but it was a crucial first inning that included two bunt singles, a sacrifice, a walk, an error, a wild pitch and an error that led to the 5-0 lead. In fact, the first seven runs scored by the Bulldogs came without anyone punching the ball out of the infield.

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