Metter makes it back to back state titles

Tigers complete sweep of Charlton County to win second straight championship
Published: May. 25, 2022 at 5:48 PM EDT
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STATESBORO, Ga. (WTOC) - For the second consecutive year, the Metter Tigers are the kings of Class A-Public baseball in Georgia.

Metter completed the championship series sweep of Charlton County Wednesday with a 3-0 Game 2 win at Georgia Southern’s J.I. Clements Stadium.

Ruston Rigdon delivered a complete game shutout for Metter, allowing just two hits while striking out ten. He said after over two-and-a-half hours worth of weather delays on Tuesday and a late finish, coming in to Wednesday rested helped them.

“After last night we were just drenched after that first game and waiting through that rain delay and everything, and it was good to come back the next day fresh,” Rigdon said.

Charlton County’s Ian Vickers was able to match Rigdon on the mound through five innings, but the Tigers broke a scoreless tie in the top of the 6th when Kaliq Jordan reached on an error in the Indians outfield and R.J. Coney scored.

The Tigers added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the 7th. Ruston Rigdon’s RBI double made it a 2-0 lead and Coney added an RBI single one batter lead to push the lead to three.

“It’s special for the program, guys, but it’s special for this community. I mean, look at this, and we don’t try to put pressure on our kids,” Tigers Head Coach Zach Rackett said gesturing to the stands full of Metter Tigers. “It’s special because all these people have poured into these kids since they were two-years-old, and we’ve got dads and moms that spent money and drove, and all these kids came from the same rec department. Every single one of them has been playing at the Metter-Candler County rec department since they were four years old, and so that’s special.”

Here’s the game thread from WTOC Sports Director Lyndsey Gough:

Metter finishes the season with a 31-5 record.

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