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Nic Gaddis collides at second with a North Sand Mountain player during last week's season opening game at Dade. The Wolverines defeated the Bison 11-3.
 

By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher

 

The Dade County High School baseball team opened the 2014 season last week with a pair of games.

New head coach Brent Cooper said, “It was exciting to see such huge fan support at our first home game. It definitely affected the boys play in a positive way.”

The opening game on Feb. 24 did draw one of the largest crowds in recent memory as the Wolverines hosted the Bison of North Sand Mountain.

The Bison scored a first inning run when a collision at second base resulted in the runner being safe and set up the score.

Ryan Wasson was injured on the play and left the game.

The Wolverines responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first sparked by a leadoff single by Luke Riddle.

Dade added two more in the second and after a scoreless third inning scored two more in the fourth before putting the game away in the fifth inning with four big runs and a 10-1 lead.

NSM added a pair of runs in the top of the sixth on a home run by Noah West and Dade capped off the scoring in the bottom of the sixth with another run and claimed an 11-3 win in the season opener.

The Wolverines were led by Josh Core who picked up the win and also had three hits and two RBI’s while Blake Lynn also had three hits and three RBI’s and Riddle who had one hit and scored three runs.

In all Dade had 12 hits while Core and Ethan Prince only gave up a pair of hits to the visiting Bison.

NSM    1  0  0  0  0  2  0 -   2   2  0

Dade    2  2  0  2  4  1     - 11 11  2

 

The Wolverines traveled to LaFayette  Feb. 25 to play the Ramblers in another non-region game.

As Coach Cooper put it, “We were Jekyll and Hyde on Monday and Tuesday with 11 hits on Monday and only three on Tuesday.”

The Wolverines took a first inning lead on the Ramblers and held that lead until the third inning when the host tied the score 1-1.

Dade would regain the lead in the top of the fourth but LaFayette responded to tie it again in the bottom of the fourth, 2-2.

The wheels fell off for the Wolverines in the fifth inning as a combination of errors and timely hitting saw the Ramblers score four big runs. Dade was shut out the next two innings and suffered their first loss of the season, 6-2.

Managing only three hits while committing several errors doomed the Wolverines in their first road game of the year.

LaFayette managed only six hits off Dade’s pitchers but it was enough to claim the win.

“We have to learn to play with better consistency,” Coach Cooper said after the game.

The Wolverines will open Region 7-AA play by hosting Calhoun on March 11 and then traveling to Chattooga on March 13.

 

Dade    1  0  0  1  0  0  0 -  2  3  5

LAF     0  0  1  1  4  0     -  6  6  1

 


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