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.
got off to a terrible start dropping their first four region games after having
the lead midway through each game.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Dade traveled to Pepperell to face the Dragons, another team they lost to
earlier in the season.
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.
two more runs in the third inning, again unearned as Dade committed two errors
leading to the scores.
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.
pitched five innings giving up four hits, striking out four and giving up four
unearned runs. Moore pitched one inning of hitless ball.
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.
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