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Smiths Station pulls away from Tigers late

Published 9:25pm Thursday, March 17, 2011

An eight-run sixth inning doomed the Dadeville High School Tigers in a 14-4 loss to Smiths Station in the Lake Martin Classic Thursday at CACC.

After Smiths Station pitcher Kyle Drury retired the side in order in the top of the first, the Panthers opened up the scoring in the bottom of the inning. Sean Osman hit a double that knocked in Tyler Holt from second base, and Osman, who advanced to third on a wild pitch, later scored when Smiths’ Chad McManus was caught in a rundown between first and second base.

Neither team scored in the second or third innings.

Dadeville’s Walker Bynum reached first base on an error in the top of the fourth inning. He advanced to third on an error and scored on a single by Matt Turner to help the Tigers cut the deficit to 2-1.

Smiths would answer back in the bottom half of the inning when Dadeville pitcher Derrin Foster walked Clay Huckaby, who would later on an error to put SSHS up 3-1.

Foster issued another free pass during the next at-bat to Austin Messick, who stole second base before scoring on a single by Holt. The Panthers led 4-1 at the end of four.

Dadeville was held scoreless in the top of the fifth inning and allowed another run to the Panthers in the bottom of the fifth to trail 6-1.

Dadeville’s Kieran Sturdivant led off the sixth with a single and Bynum followed with a double. An Andrew Padgett double scored Sturdivant, and a Caleb Nolen single plated Bynum. The Tigers trailed 6-3 with still no one out in the sixth.

Marc Skinner then relieved Drury, who pitched five innings on the mound.

Nolen eventually scored a wild pitch, cutting the Panthers lead to 6-4.

Jalen Golatte relieved Foster in the bottom of the sixth inning for the Tigers and immediately walked Holt to start. The walk was followed by a Blain Miller hit and a walk of Dylan Nevels.

Osman then cleared the bases with a triple, and McManus followed with an RBI single to give the Panthers a 10-4 lead.

A two-run single and a double by Holt ended the game at 14-4.

Dadeville played against  Briarwood late Thursday.