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Austin Davidson slides into third base as Coach Brent Cooper looks on during last week's game against Chattooga.

By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher


The Dade County High School baseball team entered play last week on a five game winning streak that has put them back in the hunt for a playoff spot at the end of the season.

The Wolverines got off to a terrible start dropping their first four region games after having the lead midway through each game.

On Wednesday afternoon the Wolverines hosted the Chattooga Indians, a team they were leading 3-0 in the fifth inning before falling 5-3 early in the season.

Both teams failed to score in the first inning and the Indians went in order again in the top of the second.

Dade came to life in the bottom of the second when they pushed across three big runs to take the lead 3-0.

Nic Gaddis was dominating on the mound and through five innings had faced the minimum number of batters thanks to two Indian runners being picked off base.

Neither team was able to score after the third inning and the Wolverines had a big 3-0 win over a team they lost to earlier in the season. The three run victory margin gave Dade the tiebreaker after losing to the Indians by two in their first game.

Gaddis pitched a complete game three hitter striking out seven and walking only two. He faced 23 batters in the seven inning game, two over the minimum.

While the Wolverines bats were held in check except for the third inning Like Riddle, Blake Lynn, Garrett Moore, Austin Davidson and Kasey Flynn all had hits. Davidson had the big hit of the game – a triple.

On Thursday Dade traveled to Pepperell to face the Dragons, another team they lost to earlier in the season.

After the Wolverines failed to score in the first two innings the Dragons pushed across two unearned runs in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead.

Pepperell added two more runs in the third inning, again unearned as Dade committed two errors leading to the scores.

The Wolverines were held in check by the Dragon pitching but managed to push across one run in the top of the seventh inning but fell to the host 4-1.

Josh Core pitched five innings giving up four hits, striking out four and giving up four unearned runs. Moore pitched one inning of hitless ball.

The Wolverines out hit the Dragons five to four but three costly errors turned out to be the difference in the game ending a six game winning streak.

Riddle had a double and Gaddis, Core, Moore and Tucker Lusk all had singles for the Wolverines.

While the loss hurt Dade’s playoff chances they are still in the mix with all the region teams having at least three losses.

Currently the Wolverines are in fifth place with the top four teams advancing to the state playoffs. They still have big games left with Model and Coosa both of which are currently sitting with three loses.

This week Dade is scheduled to host Model on Tuesday, if the weather permits, but look for that game to be played either Wednesday or Friday. They also travel to Murray County this week and their Monday game with Whitwell may be played later in the week.


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