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
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.”
game on Feb. 24 did draw one of the largest crowds in recent memory as the
Wolverines hosted the Bison of North Sand Mountain.
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.
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.
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
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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.”
took a first inning lead on the Ramblers and held that lead until the third
inning when the host tied the score 1-1.
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.
three hits while committing several errors doomed the Wolverines in their first
road game of the year.
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.
will open Region 7-AA play by hosting Calhoun on March 11 and then traveling to
Chattooga on March 13.
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