DHS falls to PrattvillePublished 12:46pm Tuesday, March 26, 2013
By Ed Bailey
C.J. Tolbert and the Dadeville Tigers were able to keep the clamps on Prattville’s offense for much of their Lake Martin Classic opener.
The problem was that the Tigers’ offense was virtually non-existent, as they fell to Prattville 5-0 and dropped to 0-1 in the Lake Martin Classic.
The Tigers only collected two hits for the duration of the game.
Tolbert stuck out six Prattville batters, and only allowed three hits over five innings of work.
The Lions were able to score twice off of Tolbert and their pitching effectively nullified Dadeville all game long.
“We didn’t hit,” Dadeville head baseball coach Randy Nolen said. “We kept taking bad approaches at the plate. We didn’t have good at-bats.”
Dadeville threatened in the late stages of the game but the Tigers were unable to cash in.
The Tigers were able to get runners on second and third in the bottom of the fifth inning but Tolbert grounded out to end the threat.
Dadeville threatened again in the sixth with runners at first and second but a Mark Turner strikeout and a Trevor McKinely groundout dashed any hopes of a comeback.
The Lions added three runs off of Caleb Nolen, who relieved Tolbert after the fifth inning, late to ensure victory.
“We had them on the hook twice, and we let them off the hook twice,” Nolen said. “C.J. pitched well but Caleb just could not throw strikes. I don’t know what it was as he’s usually around the glove for us, but he just couldn’t throw strikes for us.”
Dadeville’s next Lake Martin Classic game will be against Valley today at 2:30. The game will be at Dadeville in Randy B. Nolen Field (at McKelvey Park).