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Whited pitched a complete game, picking up the win in game one striking out 5 and scattering 9 hits over the 7 innings.
Bryce Morley and Conner Whited teamed up to win Game 2 with Morley pitching the first four innings and picking up the win. Conner Whited picked up the save with three innings of relief. The Indian defense played well turning three double plays in Game 1 with no errors while turning one double play and committing only one error in Game 2.
The game started with no score in the first inning. In the top of the third Walker Moncus got a one out single to get things going and was followed by walks to Hughes Graham and Ty Dalley to load the bases. Moncus and Graham scored on wild pitches with Dalley moving to third. Caden Spivey drew a walk and after a strike out Cason Banks singled in the third run of the inning. The Tigers were able to get one run back in the bottom half making the score 3-1 where it stayed until the top of the 6th inning. After two outs Morgan Moye doubled and Bryson Whited double him home. Moncus followed with an RBI single, Graham walked and Dalley was hit by a pitch loading the bases for Spivey, who singled in two more runs making it 7-1. The Indians picked up one more in the 7th on a wild pitch to win 8- 1.
The Indians were led offensively by Banks, Moncus and Whited with 3 hits each along with Moye getting two hits. The Indians picked up 12 hits for the game.
The Indians once again played good defense and get some timely two out hitting scoring 7 of 9 runs after two outs. The Indians waited until the 3rd inning to score in this game as well. Kaleb Bennett led off the inning with a bunt single, moved to third on two wild pitches and scored on a ground out by Moncus. With two outs Graham reached on an error which was followed by singles from Dalley, Spivey and Davis. Banks drew a bases loaded walk to plate the third run.
The Tigers got one back in the bottom half making the score 3-1 after three innings. The Tigers picked up one more in the 4th inning to make it a 3-2 game. In the 5th inning Spivey got a one out single then stole second. After the next batter struck out, Banks singled in Spivey and took second on the throw to the plate. Jordan Walden singled in Banks putting the Indians back up by three runs. With the Tigers not scoring, that left the score at 5-2 after five innings.
In the top of the 6th inning, Moncus led off with a single followed by Graham’s single putting two on with no outs. After two strike outs it looked like nothing would happen. However, Coleman was hit by a pitch loading the bases. Banks walked forcing in a run. Another run scored on a ground ball error by Walden, which was followed by an RBI single by Bennett and the fourth run scoring on a throwing error putting the Indians up by a 9-2 score. The Tigers were able to push across one more run in the bottom half, but with neither team scoring in the 7th inning, the Indians completed the sweep with a 9-3 victory.
The Indians pounded out 14 hits in this game with each starter getting at least one hit. Banks, Graham, Dalley, Spivey and Bennett led the way with two hits each. The Indians and Tigers will complete the three game series Friday evening at Greg James Field with the game scheduled to start at 5: 45.
Friday Game 3
The Vidalia Indians completed a series sweep of the Swainsboro Tigers Friday night at Greg James Field with a five inning 12-2 run rule win. The Indians have started region play with three straight wins. Caden Spivey got his first start of the season after coming back from an early season injury that had kept him off of the mound until tonight. Spivey went two innings giving up one run, two hits and striking out three. Jordan Walden came on to pitch the final three innings allowing 1 run, 2 hits and striking out six to pick up the win. Offensively, the Indians pounded out 11 hits in four innings with each starter and one substitute getting hits. Bryce Davis with two hits and Walker Moncus with three RBI’s led the offense.
In the first inning the Tigers got a long homerun from their leadoff batter followed by a single. Spivey then got the next 3 batters on a ground ball and two strikeouts. In the bottom half of the first Bryson Whited reached second on an error by the third baseman, was wild pitched to third and scored on a ground out by Moncus. Hughes Graham singled with Ty Dalley and Spivey walking to load the bases. Kaleb Bennett knocked in another run with a fielder’s choice but a strike out ended the inning. However, the Indians had a 2-1 lead and would not look back.
After hitting the Tigers leadoff batter to start the second inning, Spivey easily got the next three batters to bring the Indians back to the plate in the bottom half. Cason Banks would lead off reaching base on an error by the first baseman. Davis then bunted for a single and was followed by a single from Whited, loading the bases for Moncus, who lined a two run single into left, taking second on the throw. With men on 2nd and 3rd and one out, Dalley hit a sacrifice fly to center driving in the third run of the inning and staking the Indians to a 5-1 lead after two.
Jordan Walden came on in relief to start the 3rd inning and struck out the side. The Indian hitters then went right back to work in the bottom half. Bennett led off with a double, moved to third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch. Banks then doubled off the fence in right and scored on an error by the shortstop putting the Indians up 7-1 after three innings.
Walden again shut the Tigers down in the top of the fourth, and the Indian hitters were back up swinging in the bottom half. After a ground ball out to start the frame, the Indians scored five more runs with doubles from Dalley, Spivey and Walden along with singles from Davis and Coleman. The Indians now led by a 12-1 score going to the top of the 5th inning. Although the Tigers were able to get a couple of singles, a walk and sac fly to score another run, Walden ended the inning with a strikeout to secure the 12-2 run rule win.
This week the Indians face off with rival Toombs County. They played the first game at Vidalia on Monday after presstime, and the second on Tuesday in Lyons after presstime. They will be back in action on Wednesday at VHS at 5:45 p.m.