Indians Are Region Champs!
The Vidalia High School Indian softball team kept their great season going as they picked up three wins last week and then one more on Monday of this week as they secured the Region Championship. They took wins over East Laurens, two over Bacon County and then this week added one over Swainsboro.
VHS vs. E. Laurens
It was an easy win for the Indians as they run-ruled the Falcons last Tuesday at home. Tymber Harris got her first start in the circle for VHS on the year and threw a shutout with just two hits.
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top of the first inning to get things going for VHS, and then the offense got to work in the bottom half of the frame. Ashtyn Braddy led off with a triple into the left-field corner. Emma Humphrey reached on an error that also scored Braddy for a 1-0 lead. Humphrey stole second base and a drive into left-field for Bailey Holland for a double put the Indians up 2-0. Tori Wright walked and then a hit by Alli Taufmann put VHS up 3-0. Harris hit into a fielder's choice and a 2-run single by Madison Starr put VHS up 5-0.
Harris held in the top of the second inning, and the Indians put the game out of reach. Braddy walked to lead off the second, Humphrey got a hit to put runners at the corners. Humphrey stole second and a hit by Holland scored two more runs. Wright followed with a 2-run bomb for a 9-0 lead. Starr reached base, Jaynia Bobbit was hit by a pitch and Rileigh Robinson made it 10-0 with a base hit. Braddy walked again and then a shot into center scored two by Humphrey for a 12-0 lead. VHS loaded the bases and a shot to left-field by Wright cleared the bases and made the score 15-0. VHS added two more runs as they went ahead 17-0 on the Falcons.
Harris shut down the Falcons as VHS took the 17-0 win.
VHS vs. Bacon
In the first game of the week against the Bacon County Red Raiders on Wednesday the Indians rolled to a win. They scored two runs in the top of the first inning, one more in the second and then pulled away with four in the third inning to hold a 7-0 lead.
Bacon picked up their only run of the game in the bottom of the third inning. VHS scored one more in the fourth inning and closed it out with three in the top of the seventh inning to win the game 11-1.
VHS vs. Bacon
In Vidalia on Thursday it was a completely different game against Bacon. This time the game went to extra innings before it was decided.
In the top of the first inning Bacon got a lead off double. The runner moved to third on a ground out, and scored on a sacrifice bunt for a 1-0 lead for the Raiders. VHS loaded the bases in the bottom of the first inning, but a line shot to third by Starr was caught to end the Indians' threat.
Bacon added to their lead in the top of the third inning. With the bases loaded they got a sacrifice fly and then a safety squeeze to go on top 3-0. One more hit put them up 4-0 on the #1 ranked Indians.
Holland got on in the third and then a hit by Wright put two runners on base. Taufmann got an infield single to load the bases. Starr fouled off several pitches and got a walk to bring in the first run of the game for VHS. But another line drive to third base was caught, this time resulting in a double play to end the inning.
In the bottom of the fourth inning Robinson led off with a double and then Braddy hit an RBI single to close the lead to 4-2. Humphrey was up next and hit a 2-run home run over the leftfield fence to tie the game at 4-4.VHS wasn't able to get anything else going in the inning, but the game was now tied.
Neither team scored over the next three innings sending it to extras. VHS had two runners on base in the seventh, but couldn't come up with the big hit.
In the top of the eighth inning Starr allowed just one hit as she gave the Indians another chance to win the game in the bottom of the eighth inning. With one out Braddy hit a triple to put a runner in scoring position and then Humphrey came up with another big hit as she got a base hit into center field for the game winning run. VHS took the win 5-4.
After giving up the four runs early in this game, winning pitcher Starr faced just two more batters than the minimum over the five innings as she came back and gave her team a chance to win the game.
VHS vs. Swainsboro
The Indians took the win in five innings over the Tigers and got a no hitter by pitcher Holland as they wrapped up the Region Championship on Monday of this week on the road. VHS got things going in the top of the first inning. Braddy led off with a single, stole second and moved to third on a passed ball. She was hit in by Holland for a 1-0 lead. Wright added an RBI single to give the Indians an early 2-0 lead. After going scoreless in the second inning, VHS got things going in the third inning. VHS added an run on hits by Holland and Harris. Lydia Smith came through with an RBI for a 4-0 lead. Robinson added a hit for a 5-0 lead. Three more hits by VHS and they were up 8-0 heading to the bottom of the third inning.
VHS added a run in the top of the fifth inning on an RBI hit by Holland as they held a 9-0 lead. Holland shut down the Tigers in the bottom of the fifth to win by the run rule, 9-0. Holland had 11 strikeouts in the game.
VHS is now 23-4 on the season and are 13-1 in Region play.
VHS was at Toombs County for a rivalry match up on Tuesday of this week after presstime in their final Region game, and will play their final regular season game of the year on Wednesday against Effingham County in Springfield with the first pitch at 6:00 p.m.