Dadeville dominates Beulah, 16-0Published 2:07pm Saturday, March 16, 2013
By Ed Bailey
Behind a sterling effort on the mound from Caleb Nolen and cashing in on opponent’s mistakes, the Dadeville Tigers (12-6) annihilated the Beulah Bobcats, winning 16-0 in five innings.
Nolen was not overpowering, but kept the Bobcats off-balance with his pitching. He allowed only one hit.
“Caleb pitched well for us,” DHS head baseball coach Randy Nolen said. “He was a little up in the zone but when he had to, he got his breaking ball low and threw his changeup well.”
After a scoreless first inning, Dadeville tacked on three early runs by using small ball.
“Beulah’s kid was throwing the knuckleball,” Nolen said. “In the first inning he struck out two, so I figured we’d try to mix some things up and lay down some bunts. We did a good job of making adjustments and taking it to them like a good baseball team is supposed to.”
Nolen walked to start the inning, and back to back bunts from Mark Turner and Trevor McKinley loaded the bags.
Will Duffey laid down a RBI groundout to score pinch-runner (for Nolen) Luke Kidwell. Two wild pitches allowed Turner and McKinley to score.
The Tigers then blew the doors off the game, scoring 13 runs in the fourth inning.
McKinley had an RBI groundout, Duffey had a RBI sacrifice fly and Jack Stephenson and Cal Jones both scored on wild pitches.
C.J. Tolbert made the game 9-0 with a two-run double to deep center. After back to back RBI hits for Stephenson and Jones, Dadeville scored two more runs via bases loaded walks.
Logan Duck smacked a line drive down the left field line that scored two runners. Corey Cruz drove in the last run of the game.
“We’re getting better,” Nolen said. “I love the enthusiam at practice and we’re always finding something new to work on. We had a few guys get a lot of big hits. I was really pleased with our hitting, we didn’t try to pull anything and we’ve really been working on that.”