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Spivey drew a walk, and then Cox drove in both runners with a double, putting the Indians on top 14-3 going to the bottom of the inning. The Bulldogs were able to plate one more run, making the final score 14-4 giving the Indians the run rule win in five innings.

Game 2

Caden Spivey started on the mound for the Indians going five innings, giving up 7 runs on 8 hits, 2 walks, 2 hit batters while striking out 4 batters and taking the loss. Bryce Morley came on in the top of the 6th inning with two on and no outs. He pitched the final two innings giving up 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk. The offense fell short in this game, picking up 9 hits but only able to plate three runs. Spivey led the offense with three hits.

In the top of the 1st inning the Bulldogs used three hits and two hit batters to score four runs taking a 4-0 lead into the bottom half. Dalley got a one out double, and Graham was hit by a pitch. Moncus followed with an RBI single, and after a strike out for the second out, Spivey followed with an RBI single as well; but another strike out ended the threat leaving the score at 4-2 after one complete.

The Bulldogs got a homerun to lead off the top of the 2nd inning. The Indians were able to match that run with a single from Bennett and a triple by Whited, but that was it for the Indians leaving the score at 5-3 after two complete.

The Bulldogs went on to plate runs in the 3rd, 6th and 7th innings, but the Indians could not get any key hits to score any more runs, leaving the final score at 10-3 in favor of the Bulldogs and forcing a third game on Wednesday.

Game 3

Kevin Cox got the start on the mound for the Indians and he totally dominated the Bulldogs. Cox allowed no runs, only two hits and two walks while striking out nine. He capped off his great performance by striking out the side in the bottom of the 7th inning to claim the victory. The Indian offense was still a little sluggish getting only 8 hits, but they got them when they needed them to drive in runs. Bryson Whited and Ty Dalley had two hits each and scored two runs each with Dalley tacking on one RBI. Hughes Graham also scored two runs while Walker Moncus scored a run and had two RBI’s. Jordan Walden, Caden Spivey, Kevin Cox and Kaleb Bennett each had an RBI as well.

The Indians jumped on top with 3 runs in the top of the 1st inning. Whited led off the inning with a walk, and Dalley followed with an RBI double to put the Indians up 1-0. Graham reached on a fielder’s choice, putting runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs. Moncus laid down a sacrifice bunt to get the runners to 2nd and 3rd. Walden knocked in a second run with a ground out to the shortstop while also moving Graham to 3rd base. Spivey followed with an RBI single to give the Indians a 3-0 lead going to the bottom half. The Bulldogs made two quick outs, but then got a walk and a single putting two on with two outs; but Cox struck out the next batter leaving the Indians on top 3-0 after one complete.

Neither team could muster any offense over the next three innings. Cox was particularly efficient over that span, setting the Bulldogs down 1,2,3 in each frame.

The Indians broke through again in the top of the 5th inning. Whited led off with a single and Dalley walked. Graham then laid a perfect bunt single down the 3rd base line loading the bases with no outs. Moncus then laced a two run single into left, upping the Indians lead to 5-0. Walden drew a walk to once again load the bases with no outs. After a strike out, Cox lined an RBI single up the middle; and when Bennett followed with a sacrifice fly to center, the Indians had plated 4 runs and were now up 7-0 going to the bottom half. When Cox set down the Bulldogs in the bottom half, that left the score at 7-0 with only two innings to play.

The 6th inning was scoreless, sending the game to the 7th inning. The Indians were not able to score in the top half. This left them with needing to get three outs and become state champs. Cox went to the mound with a laser focus and fanned all three batters to secure the Indians first state baseball championship since 2003. Congratulations to the Indians for the great season.

Jordan Walden stole second base for the Indians as they built up insurance during the final game of the State Championship.Photo by Mike Branch

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