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Wolverine catcher Nic Gaddis waits to tag out the Model runner at home.
 

By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher

 

The Dade County Wolverine baseball team faced a must win situation last week when they hosted the Model Blue Devils. Having lost earlier in the season to the Blue Devils the Wolverines found themselves having to win out to make the playoffs.

Model took the lead in the first inning with a single run but Dade answered in the bottom of the first with a run of their own to tie the game 1-1.

The second inning turned out to be big for the Wolverines as they scored a pair of runs to take a 3-1 lead.

The Blue Devils responded in the top of the third when they scored a single run to make it a 3-2 game.

Josh Core pitched the first three innings, giving up two unearned runs while striking out four.

Nic Gaddis went to the mound in the fourth inning, and aided by a pair of double plays, Gaddis managed to shut out the visiting Blue Devils the rest of the way giving Dade the must win 3-2 victory.

Gaddis pitched four scoreless innings giving up only two hits. The game ended when Core caught a fly ball in center field and fired to first base catching the Model base runner for a double play.

Luke Riddle, Garrett Moore, Kendall Tripp and Hayden Johnson all had hits for the Wolverines. Core had three stolen bases, Riddle two and Nic Gaddis one in the winning effort.

Dade picked up the win in spite of having only four hits and making six errors in the game.

The win put the Wolverines back in the playoff hunt. Calhoun currently leads the region with three losses while Model, Pepperell and Coosa all have four losses and the Wolverines have five region losses.

The Wolverines host Coosa on Tuesday with the winner almost guaranteed one of the playoff spots.

Last Thursday Dade traveled to Chatsworth to face the Murray County Indians.

The Indians were winless on the season and the Wolverines needed another win to keep pace with the top teams in the region.

After a scoreless first inning the Wolverines scored seven runs in the second inning and followed that with six more in the fourth inning and came away with an easy 13-0 win.

Moore and Riddle shared the pitching for Dade with Moore going three innings giving up two hits and striking out four while Riddle pitched two innings striking out two and giving up two hits.

Gaddis, Blake Lynn and Tripp had two hits each for Dade who pounded out 11 hits in the game.

This week the Wolverines face the final two region games of the season and must win both if they hope to advance to the state playoffs.

Tuesday’s game at home against Coosa will be senior night. The Wolverines defeated Coosa earlier in the year at Coosa in a nine–inning game 6-5.

Dade also defeated Thursday’s opponent, Armuchee at home in an exciting 5–4 game scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh to claim the win.

Good luck to the Wolverines this week as they look to extend their season.


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