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Outfielder Kacey Flynn makes the catch for the Wolverines in last week game at Chattooga.

By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher


The Dade County Wolverine baseball team was very busy last week with five games including the first two region games of the season.

Dade started the busy week at home when they hosted the Calhoun Yellow Jackets on Tuesday afternoon in the first region game of the young season.

The Wolverines fell behind early as the Yellow Jackets scored two unearned runs in the top of the first inning to take the lead.

The Wolverines answered however with a pair of runs of their own after Luke Riddle led off the inning with a double and Blake Lynn doubled later in the inning to knock in the two runs to make it 2-2 after one inning.

After a scoreless second inning Calhoun put three more unearned runs on the board in the top of the third inning and after three innings were on top 5-2.

In the top of the fourth Calhoun would score again to go up 6-2.

In the bottom of the fourth the Wolverines scored once and then after holding the Yellow Jackets scoreless in the top of the fifth Dade scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 6-5.

The Yellow Jackets put the game away in the sixth with three runs and then added two more in the seventh to claim an 11-5 win over the Wolverines.

Riddle and Lynn led the Wolverines with two hits each. Nic Gaddis suffered the loss, giving up five unearned runs in his three innings of work.

On Thursday the Wolverines traveled to Summerville to face the Chattooga Indians in another region game.

This turned out to be a pitcher’s duel as the game was scoreless headed into the third inning.

The Wolverines picked up two runs in the third, aided by Indian errors to take the lead.

In the fourth inning the Wolverines scored again to make it a 3-0 game.

Josh Core didn’t give up a hit until the fifth inning while striking out 7 Indian batters.

In the fifth inning a pair of Wolverine errors allowed the Indians to score a pair of runs and make it a 3-2 game.

In the bottom of the sixth inning the Indians rallied for three runs and that proved to be enough to claim a hard fought 5-3 win over the visiting Wolverines.

Riddle, Gaddis and Lynn picked up the only hits for the Wolverines.

Dade played in a tournament at South Pittsburg on Friday night and Saturday and came away with three disappointing losses.

In their first game on Friday they faced Silverdale Academy. The Wolverines built a big lead after being tied 1-1 after the first inning.

The Wolverines scored two in the third and added three more in the fourth before the wheels came off.

In the bottom of the fourth inning Silverdale rallied for nine runs and claimed a 10-6 win in a time shortened game.

Gaddis had a pair of hits for the Wolverines including a triple while Core had a double.

Later Friday night the Wolverines faced the Hixson Wildcats. Again Dade would take the lead in the third inning, 2-1 after both teams scored in the first.

The Wildcats scored a pair of runs in the top of the fourth to take the lead 3-2 but the Wolverines rallied in the bottom of the fourth with a pair of runs to regain the lead 4-3.

Hixson would then tie the game in the top of the fifth and score the winning run in the top of the sixth, 6-5.

Core led the Wolverines with two of the Wolverines’ three hits in the game.

On Saturday the Wolverines faced South Pittsburgh. The Wolverines took the lead in the first inning 2-1 and then saw South Pittsburg tie the game in the second, 2-2.

In the third inning both teams scored a pair of runs and the game remained 4-4 until the sixth inning.

Dade took the lead in the top of the sixth, 5-4, and when it seemed they would break their losing streak South Pittsburg rallied for an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game 5-5. Since this was a tournament game the teams only played seven innings and the game ended as a tie.

The Wolverines got two hits each from Riddle, Gaddis and Lynn and had their best offensive performance of the week picking up nine hits but also had nine strikeouts.

This week the Wolverines get back in region action as they were to host Pepperell on Tuesday and then travel to Model on Thursday for a 5:30 game.


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