‘Cats drop two vs. TigersPublished 10:30am Wednesday, March 20, 2013
By Ed Bailey
Benjamin Russell’s three-game winning streak was snapped at the hands of Dadeville High School, who the Wildcats lost to in double-header action.
The Wildcats fell 12-0 in game one, and lost a 2-0 lead in game two, as they fell 4-3.
BRHS is now 11-7 on the year while Dadeville continues to surge at the midway point of the season. The Tigers are 15-5 on the year and have won 12 of their ast 13 games.
In game one, the Tigers abused the Wildcats’ pitching.
After jumping out ahead early on, DHS used small ball to load the bases in the second inning.
They cashed in to the tune of five runs, chasing game one starter Caleb Brooks.
Dadeville scored the rest of their runs in the bottom of the third.
Caleb Nolen and Trevor McKinley each had two RBIs for Dadeville. Jack Stephenson, Will Duffey, Cal Jones, Logan Duck and Corey Cruz all drove in runs for the Tigers.
“We really hit the ball well in game one,” DHS boys baseball coach Randy Nolen said. “I wish we hit the ball like that in every game.”
Game two was more of a pitcher’s duel as game two starter Hayden Forbus and Luke Kidwell limited DHS and BRHS at the plate, respectively.
The Wildcats eventually got to Kidwell enough to go up 2-0, but Dadeville responded at the expense of the Wildcats’ Nathan Mitchell. Jones drove in a run in the bottom of the third and D.J. Pearson delivered a 2-run single that scored Duffey and Duck to put DHS up 3-2.
C.J. Tolbert later scored Pearson on a single for what amounted to the game-winning run.
“We got down and we fought back,” Nolen said. “The thing that pleased me most was the pitching. Some guys who haven’t pitched much came in and threw strikes.”
Nolen said the Tigers’ play thus far comes from self-confidence.
“Number one, I think there’s an increased confidence level with this team,” Nolen said. “This team knows that it’s pretty good when they play well.”