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.
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.
finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third, cutting the Indians
lead to 2-1.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dade traveled to Whitwell in a non-region game. Whitwell came into the game
with a 10-1 record.
scored quickly, picking up three first inning runs and that turned out to be
all they would need.
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.
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
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.