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and a sacrifice bunt to score a run. In the bottom half Walden had a leadoff single, Spivey drew a walk, Bennett followed with an RBI single, Banks followed with an RBI safety squeeze bunt. Davis and Whited followed with singles, Dalley drew a walk to load the bases, and Graham hit a ground ball to the shortstop who made an error and the left fielder made an error allowing all three runners to score and Graham to move to second. Moncus followed with an RBI single but was thrown out trying to stretch it. Walden followed with his second hit of the inning and Spivey also singled, but the Indians couldn’t plate any more runs leaving the score at 12-1 after three innings.

Neither team scored in the 4th inning, but the Leopards were able to scratch out one more run in the top of the 5th inning. The Indians still had the 5 inning run rule win 12-2.

Game 2

Caden Spivey started on the mound for the Indians going three innings, giving up one unearned run, on two walks, two hits and striking out six. Bryce Morley came on to pitch the 4th inning, getting the Leopards 1,2,3. Jordan Walden came in to pitch the 5th inning, striking out the side to secure the win. The Indians offense pounded out 14 hits in this game, including five doubles and a homerun. The offense was led by Moncus with three hits while Graham, Bennett and Banks contributed two hits each.

The Indians failed to score in the top of the 1st inning, but the Leopards were able to scratch out their only run on a hit, a walk and error, giving them a 1-0 lead after one complete inning.

In the top of the 2nd inning Moncus led off with a single, followed by two quick outs. Bennett then singled putting two runners in scoring position on the throw from the outfield. Banks followed with a two out, two RBI single to put the Indians in front for good with a 2-1 score. Spivey struck out the side in the bottom half to leave the score at 2-1 after two complete.

In the top of the 3rd inning the Indians plated seven runs with hits from Whited, Moncus, Bennett and Banks, two errors, a walk and a hit batter. After getting the Leopards out 1,2,3 in the bottom half the Indians were up 9-1.

In the 4th inning the Indians plated two more runs on doubles by Moncus and Walden and a single by Spivey. In the top of the 5th inning the Indians scored the final two runs of the night on a leadoff homerun by Davis a double by Graham, walk to Moncus and single by Coleman. With Morley and Walden shutting down the Leopards in the 4th and 5th innings, the Indians secured the second 5 inning run rule win 13-1.

Caden Spivey was on the mound for VHS in Game 2 against Banks County.Photo by Carroll Williams

Ty Dalley puts the bat on the ball as the Indians pull away in the second round of the State Playoffs.Photo by Carroll Williams

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