Vidalia wins GHSA state baseball title

Indians win third state title in program history with Game 3 win
Published: May. 25, 2022 at 2:26 PM EDT
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STATESBORO, Ga. (WTOC) - The Vidalia Indians are the GHSA Class AA state baseball champions.

The Indians shut out Thomasville 7-0 in Wednesday’s decisive Game 3 to claim the state title. It’s Vidalia’s third baseball championship and first since 2003.

After splitting the first two games on Tuesday, the Indians returned to Georgia Southern’s J.I. Clements Stadium on Wednesday and came out swinging.

Vidalia jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, then added four more runs in the top of the fifth.

Third baseman Walker Moncus drove in a pair of runs in the fifth and scored one himself, while Ty Dalley got the scoring started with an RBI double in the first.

The offensive output was more than enough for Kevin Cox, who threw a title-clinching gem in his final outing as an Indian.

The senior right-hander threw a complete game shutout Wednesday, allowing just two hits while striking out nine. Cox struck out the side in the seventh to finish the game.

“I told one of my teammates on the bus over here, he was going to be the one to come in after me, I was like, I’m going to give him five (innings), ‘Give me five and I’ll let you have the last two,’ but I came out here and did what I had to do,” Cox said.

The trophy is coming home to onion country.

Bent Korn, the Vidalia Head Baseball coach, said, “We were the visitors and I walked over here and told coach, ‘That’s a good thing.’ We score first and get that momentum going. You know, in big games there’s so much pressure and if you can get out there and score first, it puts a lot more pressure on the other team, so that first inning was huge for us.”

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The Indians complete the season with a 30-11 record.

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