Indians Sweep Warriors
The Vidalia High School Indians baseball team took on the Warriors of Tattnall County last week in the three-game Region series. VHS got the sweep to improve to 117-1 on the season, and they are now 5-1 in Region 3AA, in second place behind Appling County.
The Vidalia Indians beat the Tattnall County Warriors on Tuesday night, March 21, by a score of 12-2 in six innings at Greg James Field. The Indians improved to 9-7-1 season record and 3-1 region record. This was game one of the three game series with game two scheduled for Thursday night at Tattnall County and game three back in Vidalia on Friday night.
Dawson Stewart started on the mound and went all six innings for the win. Stewart gave up two runs while scattering four hits, hitting two batters but walking none and striking out four batters. The Indian offense was led by Veer Patel who was 3-3 with a double , scoring one run and driving in four runs. Walker Moncus was 2-2, including a two run bomb and scoring three runs. Lawson Lowe was 2-4 with a double, scored a run and drove in two runs with a run rule walk-off single in the bottom of the 6th inning.
Neither team was able to score in the 1st inning. However, in the top of the 2nd inning the Warriors used an error and hit to score one run to take a 1-0 lead. The Indians quickly answered with two runs in the bottom half. Conner Whited led off with a single to center and scored on Patel's double. After two strikeouts Stewart helped himself with the two out single driving in Patel to put the Indians up 2-1 after two complete.
In the top of the 3rd the Warriors fought back as they picked up another run on two hits and a hit batter to tie the game at 2-2. In the bottom half Cason Banks was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, and Moncus followed with a two run bomb to left to put the Indians on top for good by a 4-2 score. Stewart shut out the Warriors the rest of the way.
In the bottom of the 5th inning Moncus was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, and Bennett laid down a sacrifice bunt which was then mishandled by the infield, allowing the runners to move up to 2nd and 3rd. Conner Whited drew a walk to load the bases with no outs. Patel followed with a single driving in two runs. Ty Carter drove in Whited with a ground ball out and Lowe scored the fourth run of the inning on an error to give the Indians an 8-2 lead after five complete innings.
In the bottom of the 6th inning Moncus led off with a walk and move to third as Bennett doubled off the top of the right field fence. Whited drew a walk to again load the bases with no outs. Patel drove in Moncus with a sacrifice fly, Moye drove in Bennett with a single and Lowe singled in Whited continued from page
and Moye for the walk-off run rule win by a 12-2 score.
The Vidalia Indians travelled to Tattnall County on Thursday night March 23 for Game 2 of their three game region series with the Warriors. The Indians did not play their best, but they were able to outlast the Warriors taking a 10-8 win. The Indians now sport a 10-7-1 record with a 4-1 region record. The two teams will play game three tomorrow night at Greg James Field.
Walker Moncus started on the mound for the Indians and pitched three innings. He allowed five runs on four hits, three walks and struck out four. Tucker Mc-Donald came on in relief to pitch the final four innings and pick up the win. He allowed three runs on four hits while striking out five.
The offense was led by Kaleb Bennett, who was 2-2 with two RBI's; Moncus was 2-3 with two runs scored and two RBI's; Cason Banks was 2-3 with two doubles two runs scored and one RBI; Lawson Lowe was 2-3 while scoring one run; Andrew Norfleet was 1-1 scored a run and got one RBI.
The Indians jumped on top in the 1st inning as Banks got a one out double and scored on a Moncus single up the middle. Moncus moved to second on a wild pitch and Bennett walked. Both runners moved up on another wild pitch, which then allowed Moncus to score on a ground ball out by Whited putting the Indians up 2-0. However, the Warriors used two walks, a single and fielders choice to get one run back making it a 2-1 game after one complete.
In the top of the 2nd inning the Indians loaded the bases with two outs but couldn't score. In the bottom half the Warriors' first three batters struck out, but one of them reached first as the third strike was in the dirt and got away from the catcher. The runner was able to move to second on an errant pick off play and scored on a single to left to tie it up at 2-2 after two complete.
The Indians didn't score in the top of the 3rd inning as they went 3 up 3 down for the only time in the game. However, the Warriors were able to take advantage of a walk, a hit and a couple of two out errors to plate three runs and take a 5-2 lead after three complete.
The Indians were able to plate three runs in the top of the 4th inning. Morgan Moye walked to lead off the inning and moved to 2nd on a wild pitch and was able to score when Carson Ricks reached on an error. Banks doubled in Ricks and Moncus singled to drive in Banks. When McDonald got the Warriors 1-2-3 in the bottom half, that left the game tied at 5-5 after four complete.
Neither team was able to score in the 5th inning. McDonald led off the 6th inning by reaching second on a throwing error and moved to 3rd base on a sacrifice bunt by Banks and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Bennett. When the Warriors didn't score in the bottom half, the Indians had the lead back at 6-5.
In the top of the 7th inning the Indians plated four more runs as Moye was hit by a pitch, Lowe and Norfleet singled, McDonald was hit by a pitch, Banks reached on an error, Moncus walked and Bennett got another sacrifice fly to make it 10-5 going to the bottom half. The Warriors didn't go quietly as they used three hits and an error to score three runs with only one out. McDonald settled down and picked up the next two outs to secure the 10-8 victory.
The Vidalia Indians swept the Tattnall County Warriors winning Game 3 of the region series by a 12-1 score in five innings. The run rule win pushed the Indians' season record to 117-1 and their region record to a 5-1 mark. The Indians continue region play next week with a three game series against Pierce County. They will travel to Blackshear on Monday and Thursday while playing in Vidalia on Tuesday. Veer Patel started on the mound for the Indians and pitched all five innings for the win. He allowed one run on four hits, walked none, hit three batters and struck out two. The Indians' offense was led by Lawson Lowe, who was 2-2 with a double and home run, two runs scored and three RBI's; Walker Moncus was 2-3 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI's; Kaleb Bennett was 2-3 with a double, two runs scored and one RBI.
In the 1st inning the Warriors got a hit but couldn't score. In the bottom half Moncus got a two out double, and Bennett plated him with another double. Andrew Norfleet followed with a walk, and Patel was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Bennett scored on a wild pitch, but a fly ball out ended the first inning with the Indians on top by a 2-0 score.
In the top of the 2nd inning the Warriors used two hit batters, a single and error to make it a 2-1 score. In the bottom half Lowe led off with a double, and Tucker McDonald followed with a double to drive him home. Banks followed with a single to score McDonald and extend the Indians' lead to 4-1 after two complete.
The Warriors got a lead off single in the top of the 3rd inning but couldn't score. The Indians tacked on run number five without a hit as Norfleet drew a one out walk and came around to score on an error.
The Warriors did not score in the top of the 4th inning, but the Indians plated seven runs to put the game out of reach. Ricks got a lead off double to start the inning, and then Banks was hit by a pitch. Moncus doubled in both runners. Bennett followed with an infield hit, and Norfleet drew a walk to load the bases with no outs. Patel hit a fly ball to left that was misplayed by the left fielder allowing two runs to score, but he did get a force out on the runner at 2nd base. With Patel on first Moye reached on an error, and then Lowe followed with a bomb to right field, putting the Indians on top 12-1. When they got three quick outs from the Warriors in the top of the 5th inning, the run rule win was secured.
This week VHS takes on Pierce County in a threegame series. They met up on Monday and Tuesday of this week after presstime. The Indians and Bears will be back in action on Thursday in Blackshear at 5:45 p.m.