Indians Over Veterans
The Indians baseball team of Vidalia High School played two games last week. They hosted Appling County on Tuesday and lost to the Pirates but bounced back with a win over Veterans on Saturday at home.
The Appling County Pirates came to Vidalia Monday night and left with an 8-1 victory. Bryson Whited started on the mound for the Indians pitching 2 1/3 innings giving up three runs and taking the loss. Conner Whited pitched one inning in relief followed by Walker Moncus who pitched 3 2/3 innings. Walks (4 runs) and errors (2 runs) plagued the Indians again as did the lack of hits in key situations as the Indians had runners on each inning but had trouble capitalizing.
The Pirates opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the second. The Indians answered with one run in the bottom half with a hit from Bryce Davis who then scored on a two-out hit by Caden Spivey. However, the Indians did not score again but the Pirates added one more run in the 3rd, two in the 4th and two more in the 7th for the easy 8-1 win.
Caden Spivey led the Indian in hitting with two hits.
On a cold windy day the Vidalia Indians took on the Veterans High WarHawks at 12:00 noon on Greg James Field. Although the game was close and very much in doubt through the first five innings, the Indians exploded for 10 runs in the bottom of the sixth to win by a walkoff 14-4 score.
The Indians scored two in the bottom of the first on a two out, wind-aided double by Caden Spivey. The WarHawks got one back on a long homerun to right continued from page
in the top of the second, but the Indians answered with a single run in the bottom half on another windaided double by Moncus putting the Indians up 3-1 after two innings.
Neither team scored in the third inning, but the WarHawks scored one in the fourth to make it a 3-2 ball game. In the bottom of the fifth, Cason Banks got a one-out single and then scored on a hit and run single by Jordan Walden.
Bryce Morley started on the mound for the Indians pitching five solid innings and went into the sixth with a 4-2 lead but got into trouble quickly as the first three WarHawk batters reached base with no outs. He was relieved by Conner Whited, who got the first batter to hit right back to him, getting the force out at home but an error on the throw to first allowed a run to score and put runners on 2nd and 3rd. After walking the next batter and hitting the next one forcing in the tying run, he was relieved by Bryson Whited, who came on to get a strikeout and pop-up, leaving the game tied at 4-4 going to the bottom of the sixth.
Bryson Whited led off with a single, which was followed by a double by Moncus putting men on 2nd and 3rd. Hughes Graham singled in one run, putting the Indians back on top 5-4. Ty Dalley followed with a 3-run bomb to right, jumping the lead up to 8-4. The wheels began to fall off for the War-Hawks as Spivey, Banks, Walden and Bennet walked and all scored as Whited singled, Moncus reached on an error and Graham completed the rally with a two-RBI single for the walk-off 14-4 win.
Bryson Whited picked up the win in relief and helped lead the offense with 3 hits, 3 runs and 1 RBI. Graham also had 3 hits, 2 runs and 3 RBI’s. Moncus contributed 2 hits, 2 runs and 2 RBI’s, Walden contributed 2 hits, 2 runs and 1 RBI while Dalley had a homerun, 1 run and 3 RBI’s. The Indians play their two final nonregion games this week. They had a rematch with the Pirates of Appling on Tuesday on the road after presstime. They will be back on the diamond on Thursday at Pierce County before starting Region play in Swainsboro on March 22.