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.
coming to Trenton on Tuesday, a win by the Wolverines would put them in a tie
for a playoff spot.
had defeated the Eagles earlier in the year 5-4 in a nine–inning game at Coosa.
started off as a pitcher’s duel with both teams putting goose eggs on the
scoreboard the first four innings.
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.
score four more runs in the sixth inning to take a commanding lead, 8-0.
Gaddis lost his shutout bid in the seventh inning when the Eagles managed a
single run to make the final 8-1.
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.
Wolverines needed to do was win at Armuchee on Thursday and second place would be
They arrived at
Armuchee with high expectations but Indian pitcher Jacob Farmer had other
Dade was unable
to push a run across in the top of the first in spite of getting a hit from
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”