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The Wolverines lone senior, Luke Riddle, had a big day against Coosa on Senior Day in the Wolverines final home game of the season. Riddle had a bases–loaded triple, driving in three runs and picked up another RBI later in the game with a single. He also scored two runs. The Wolverines won the game 8-1 over the visiting Eagles.
 

By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher

 

The Dade County Wolverine baseball team started the season 0-4 in region play but battled their way back to be in position for a playoff spot with a pair of wins in the final week of the season.

With Coosa coming to Trenton on Tuesday, a win by the Wolverines would put them in a tie for a playoff spot.

The Wolverines had defeated the Eagles earlier in the year 5-4 in a nine–inning game at Coosa.

This game started off as a pitcher’s duel with both teams putting goose eggs on the scoreboard the first four innings.

The Wolverines would take the lead in the fifth inning on a bases loaded triple by senior Luke Riddle and he scored the fourth run on a hit by Nic Gaddis.

Dade would score four more runs in the sixth inning to take a commanding lead, 8-0.

Winning pitcher Gaddis lost his shutout bid in the seventh inning when the Eagles managed a single run to make the final 8-1.

Riddle finished his final home game of his career with two hits including a triple, four RBI’s and scored two runs. Gaddis had two hits and two RBI’s to help his own cause.

On the mound Gaddis scattered six Eagles hits and allowed only one run while striking out nine to claim the win.

That win would put the Wolverines in a tie with Coosa, Pepperell and Model for second place in the region aided by Pepperell and Model losses.

All the Wolverines needed to do was win at Armuchee on Thursday and second place would be theirs.

They arrived at Armuchee with high expectations but Indian pitcher Jacob Farmer had other ideas.

Dade was unable to push a run across in the top of the first in spite of getting a hit from Riddle.

In the bottom of the inning Coosa took the lead with three big runs, aided by a Wolverine error, and the Indians never looked back.

While Josh Core settled in pitching and shut the Indians out the rest of the way Farmer dominated the Wolverines.

A double by Austin Davidson in the fifth inning resulted in the Wolverines only run of the game and Dade fell to the Indians 3-1.

Core took the loss, giving up three runs on five hits and one Wolverine error. He also recorded seven strikeouts.

Farmer was on his game as he struck out 12 Wolverine hitters and gave up only one run on four hits.

The loss eliminated the Wolverines from state tournament play as they ended in a tie with Pepperell and Model for the final two spots and both of those teams held the tie–breaker over the Wolverines.

On Saturday Dade traveled to Chattanooga Central to face the Purple Pounders in the final game of the season and again fell victim to poor hitting and errors.

Central won the game 5-0 as the Wolverines committed four errors and managed only five hits.

Garrett Moore pitched for the Wolverines, giving up four hits and no earned runs in his six innings of work. Core had two hits for the Wolverines.

Coach Brent Cooper commented on the season saying, “There are definitely some lessons we can take away from this season and some areas to improve if we want to become a better program. One is to begin the season next year stronger. We put too much pressure on ourselves this year by starting slow out of the gate. By game ten we were at a point where we could only lose one more region game or we were out of the playoffs.”

He added, “The last two games we combined for 21 strikeouts. Not scoring runs puts way too much pressure on our pitchers. It’s hard to score runs when you are having difficulty getting on base. Pitching this year was our strongest piece. If we can copy the performances of Nic Gaddis, Josh Core and Garrett Moore, all with ERA’s below 1.500 and learn from our mistakes this year we will be able to compete for a region championship. Playoffs were a goal this year and we narrowly missed it. A region championship is my goal next year and that is a realistic goal with eight returning starters, all seniors.”

 


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