Indians Fall To Pierce
The Vidalia Indian varsity baseball team traveled down to Blackshear on Thursday night for their last nonregion game of this season against the Pierce County Bears. The Indians put up a good fight but lost 9-5 on a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning. Bryson Whited pitched a complete game but came away with the loss. Pierce County used the long ball for 7 of their 9 runs hitting three homeruns in the contest. Hughes Graham led the Indians hitting with two hits including a double.
In the first inning the Indians managed a two out double by Hughes Graham but couldn’t pick up the hit to plate the run. The Bears got a solo homerun in the bottom half with two outs to take a 1-0 lead after one inning.
In the top of the second Caden Spivey led off with a walk and Bryce Davis followed with an infield single. Cason Banks attempted a sacrifice bunt, but Spivey was thrown out at third leaving runners at 1st and 2nd with one out. After a strikeout for the second out, Kaleb Bennett followed with a big two out double driving in both runners putting the Indians up 2-1 going into the bottom half. The Bears jumped right back on top with a two run homer making the score 3-2 after two innings.
The Indians went right back to work in the top of the third. Walker Moncus led off with a single followed by a single from Graham putting runners at 1st and 2nd with no outs. After a fly ball out Spivey singled loading the bases. Moncus and Graham scored on wild pitches and Spivey moved to third. Davis walked putting runners on the corners with one out, and Banks delivered an RBI single to right center putting the Indians back on top 5-3 with two still on and one out. The rally ended with a strike out and a ground out. The Bears came right back with two runs to tie the game at 5-5 after three innings. That ended the scoring for both teams for the next three innings. In the top of the seventh Whited got a leadoff walk, and Moncus laid down a sacrifice bunt moving him to second. The Bears then intentionally walked Graham, putting two runners on base; but the next two batters made outs leaving the game tied going to the bottom half. The leadoff batter for the Bears reached on a single when his pop fly was misplayed. The next batter flew out to right for the first out, and then they got another single and a second fly ball out, leaving men on 1st and 2nd with two outs. A ground ball to first looked like it would send the game into extra innings, but an error left the bases loaded. The next batter hit his second homerun of the night for a walk-off 9-5 victory. The Indians end their nonregion schedule with a 4-9 record. This week they start the 15 game region schedule with three games against the Tigers of Swainsboro. The first of those was on Tuesday after presstime. They will play in Vidalia on Thursday at 5:45 p.m. and on Friday in Swainsboro at 5:30 p.m.