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Indians Rally For Win

The Vidalia High School Indians baseball team played three games last week. They picked up a win over Rockmart on Thursday with a seventh inning rally, but dropped a double header to Veterans on Friday. vs. Rockmart

The Vidalia Indians rallied in the bottom of the 7th inning to beat the Rockmart Yellowjackets by a score of 6-5 on Thursday, February 23, at Greg James Field. The win gives the Indians a 4-2 record on the season. The Indians finally got their bats going a little bit picking up eight hits on the night, but the defense was shaky committing six errors.

Walker Moncus started on the mound for the Indians pitching five strong innings giving up four runs (one earned), six hits, striking out six and walking two. Conner Whited pitched 1 and 1/3 innings giving up one unearned run, no hits and walking two. Tucker McDonald came on to get the final two outs in the top of the 7th inning and picked up the win as the Indians rallied to win in the bottom half.

Carson Ricks led the offense going 2-2, with a sacrifice fly, scoring two runs and getting one RBI. Veer Patel was 2-3 on the night. Kaleb Bennett was 1-2 with a double, two RBI's and a run scored. Cason Banks was 1-2 with a triple and two runs scored.

Rockmart picked up a hit and walk in the 1st inning after two were out but couldn't score. In the bottom half Banks led off with a triple off the right field fence and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Ricks giving the Indians a 1-0 lead after one inning.

Neither team was able to score in the 2nd inning. However, in the top of the 3rd inning the Yellowjackets picked up a couple of two out singles and scored a run on an error. The Indians went down 1,2,3 in the bottom half to leave the score tied at 1-1 after three complete.

In the top of the 5th inning the Yellowjackets added three hits to three Indian errors to plate three runs to take a 4-1 lead. In the bottom half the Indians used two Yellowjacket errors, a hit by Ricks and a sacrifice fly by Bennett to plate two runs closing the gap to 4-3 after five complete.

Neither team could score in the 6th inning leaving the score at 4-3 Yellowjackets heading to the 7th inning. The Yellowjackets added an insurance run giving them a 5-3 advantage going to the bottom half. The Indians' lead off batter flew out deep to right for out number one. Whited followed with a single but was forced out at second on a ground ball for the second out leaving the Indians still down by two with a runner on first and two outs. Ricks got a single to right and Banks came around to score on the play after a throwing error with Ricks moving to 2nd base with the tying run. Bennett got a double to left center scoring Ricks to tie the game. Moncus hit a hard ground ball up the middle which was misplayed by the shortstop allowing Bennett to come sliding home ahead of the throw with the winning run. vs. Veterans

The Vidalia Indians baseball team traveled to Kathleen, GA, on Friday for a double header against the 6A Warhawks of Veterans High School. The Warhawks swept the Indians by scores of 4-3 (8 innings) and 10-3 in the night cap as poor defense and walks turned the tide. The Indians are now 4-4 on the season with two games scheduled next week.

Game 1

The Indians got off to a good start in the 1st inning picking up two runs with hits from Ricks, Bennett and Patel. The Warhawks were able to put together a couple of hits and a hit batter to score one run in the bottom half making it a 2-1 Indian lead after one complete.

Neither team was able to score in the 2nd and 3rd innings. The Indians went 1-2-3 in the top of the 4th inning, but the Warhawks capitalized on three errors to score one run and head into the 5th inning tied at two runs apiece.

Again the Indians were not able to score in the top of the 5th inning. However, the Warhawks were again able to capitalize on two errors and a walk to score another run to take a 3-2 lead after five innings.

The Indians did tie the game at 3-3 in the top of the 6th inning when Kaleb Bennett led off with a triple and scored on and a single by Tucker McDonald. Neither team could score again through the 7th inning sending the game to the 8th inning. The Indians did get a two out single in the top half, but a ground ball out ended the threat. In the bottom half the Warhawks got a lead off walk followed by a sacrifice bunt moving the runner to second. The next batter singled to center driving in the runner for a 4-3 victory.

Dawson Stewart started on the mound for the Indians pitching four strong innings allowing two runs, two hits and getting four strikeouts. Cason Banks came on in relief in the 5th inning to throw three strong innings, giving up two runs while allowing no hits, striking out four and walking three but taking the loss. On offense Kaleb Bennett led the way collecting three hits while Walker Moncus picked up two hits.

Game 2

In the second game the Indians again got on the board first scoring one run after a lead off walk to Cason Banks, who came around to score giving the Indians their only lead of the game. The Warhawks immediately answered with three runs of their own in the bottom half. They took advantage of an error, walk and hit batter with a couple of singles to score the three runs.

In the bottom of the 3rd inning the Warhawks plated six runs with only one hit. They took full advantage of five walks and a hit batter to take a 9-1 lead after three complete innings. The Indians were able to put a couple of more runs on the board, and the Warhawks added one more for the 10-3 win.

Carson Ricks started on the mound for the Indians and took the loss. Veer Patel came on in relief pitching 3 and 1/3 strong innings allowing only one run. Patel also led the Indian offense with three hits and driving in a run.

VHS was in action on Tuesday of this week after presstime against the Raiders of West Laurens. They will be back on the diamond on Thursday when they host Wayne County at 5:45 p.m.

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