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Josh Core threw a shut-out for the Wolverines Friday in a region match–up with Calhoun. Core allowed only four hits and had six strike outs in the game.
 

By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher

 

The Dade County Wolverine baseball team had a busy week with three games, two of those very important region games as they battled back from a slow start and are looking to make it into the playoffs.

The week started with the Armuchee Indians coming to Trenton trying to seriously hurt the Wolverines chances of a playoff spot.

The Indians got off to a good start, scoring in the first inning and again in the third to take a 2-0 lead over Dade early.

The Wolverines finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third, cutting the Indians lead to 2-1.

The Armuchee came right back in the top of the fourth with two more runs while Dade managed one in the bottom of the fourth but the Indians lead was now 4-2.

Things began to look bad for the Wolverines as the Indians added another run in the fifth to go up 5-2 while the Wolverines failed to score in the fifth or sixth inning.

Heading into the bottom of the seventh the Wolverines trailed 5-2 and it appeared their playoff hopes would take a serious blow.

That’s when the rally started. Getting a pair of runners on Dade quickly scored two runs to make it 5-4. The Wolverines continued the rally by loading the bases with one out and down one run.

A suicide squeeze play was attempted but a low outside pitch made it impossible for the batter to get a bat on the ball. Nic Gaddis had gotten a great jump from third and scored easily as the Indian catcher didn’t have time to attempt a tag with the outside pitch and the Wolverines had tied the game.

An intentional walk again loaded the bases and Austin Davidson put down a perfect bunt and Josh Core raced home with the winning run as the Wolverines rallied for four seventh inning runs.

Scoring two runs on squeeze bunts in the bottom of the last inning is not something you see very often but Dade pulled it off and came away with a big 6-5 win.

Core picked up the win pitching the last four innings, allowing one hit and no earned runs.

Davidson led the Wolverines with a pair of hits and a big RBI bunt in the seventh inning. Hayden Johnson had a double and scored two runs and Gaddis and Kasey Flynn both doubled as well.

On Thursday Dade traveled to Whitwell in a non-region game. Whitwell came into the game with a 10-1 record.

The Wolverines scored quickly, picking up three first inning runs and that turned out to be all they would need.

Whitwell scored one in the bottom of the first but Dade built on their lead by scoring in the fourth and fifth innings to go up 5-2.

The host scored one in the bottom of the sixth but the Wolverines answered in the top of the seventh and claimed a 6-2 victory over a very good baseball team.

Luke Riddle led the Wolverines with a pair of doubles while Gaddis and Core scored two runs each. Garrett Moore pitched six innings, giving up one earned run, striking out six and giving up only four hits.

The Wolverines traveled to Calhoun on Friday to face the Yellow Jackets. The Yellow Jackets sit on top of the Region 7-AA standing and had defeated the Wolverines early in the season in Trenton 11-5.

Dade scored the first runs of the game in the third inning when they took a 2-0 lead.

The game would remain 2-0 Wolverines until the top of the seventh inning when Dade took advantage of every opportunity and scored four runs for a 6-0 lead.

Core pitched a master piece getting a complete game shutout, allowing only four hits and striking out six.

Blake Lynn led the Wolverines with three hits while Riddle, Moore and Johnson also had hits. Moore also had two RBI’s in the seventh inning that put the game away for the Wolverines.

This was the first time in many years that Dade has defeated the Yellow Jackets in baseball and the win puts the Wolverines back in the playoff hunt. It was a huge win for the program and much needed at this point of the season.

Dade has a pair of region games this week. They faced Chattooga on Tuesday and then travel to Pepperell on Thursday. The Wolverines fell to both of these teams early in the year but had the lead until letting the games slip away in the final two innings of each game.


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