Tigers down Boaz, fall to Westbrook to finish 1-3 in classicPublished 10:09am Friday, March 29, 2013
By Ed Bailey
Dadeville 10, Westbrook 12
The Lake Martin Classic ended on a less than stellar note for the Dadeville Tigers, who compiled a 1-3 record in the four-day tournament.
Their latest setback was a 12-10 slugfest against Westbrook.
With a 10 run outing against the Warriors and a 13-run effort in the preceding game against Boaz, DHS head baseball coach Randy Nolen said the Tigers’ offense is a positive sign.
“We hit the ball pretty good,” Nolen said. “The only problem was that Westbrook hit the ball just a bit better. Every one in our starting lineup had a hit.”
Over the last two games, the Tigers (16-8) have put up 23 runs on 26 hits.
“I’m hoping it carries over as we get back into area play,” Nolen said.
Despite a rocky outing in the Lake Martin Classic, Nolen said he likes where the team is as it heads back into the area portion of its schedule.
“Our pitching has been key for us.,” Nolen said. “We’ve got guys that are hitting pretty good for us, especially in two-out situations. We’re playing small ball well, and we’ve gotten a lot better with out bunting. But everything goes around our pitching. When we pitch well, we play well.”
Dadeville is back at home for a double-header against area opponent Handley this Saturday.
The first game is scheduled to start at 12 noon.
Dadeville 13, Boaz 2
Dadeville finally put one in the win column for the 2013 Lake Martin Classic, annihilating Boaz 13-2.
With the win, the Tigers now stand at 1-2 in the Classic.
Corey Cruz got the victory for the Tigers, while effective pitching that forced numerous ground balls and flyouts.
Cruz went five innings, giving up six hits and allowing two runs.
“He’s not going to overpower you,” DHS head baseball coach Randy Nolen said. “When he’s out there he’s going to throw the knuckleball, the curveball and the changeup. Occasionally he’ll try to sneak that fastball in there. He did a good job. He got a little tired late in the fifth but he usually does a good job every time he goes out there.”
The Tigers’ offense came alive in the tournament after lying dormant in the first two Classic games, losses to Prattville and Valley.
After coming up empty in the first two innings, Dadeville cashed in at the top of the third inning.
After C.J. Tolbert ripped a leadoff double and advanced to third on a passed ball, Cal Jones plated him with a double.
DHS slugger Caleb Nolen then smacked a single between first and second, scoring Jones.
A sacrifice groundout from Mark Turner moved Nolen to second and Trevor McKinley brought him home with a single, making the game 3-0.
After holding the Pirates scoreless in the bottom half of the third, the Dadeville bats went right back to work in the fourth.
Logan Duck led off with a double and Cruz was able to beat out a grounder for a single.
Boaz’s attempted throw to first to get Cruz out went wide, allowing Duck to score.
Jack Stephenson drew a walk and a passed ball allowed him and Cruz to advance into scoring position.
Jones delivered another double, this one scoring both Cruz and Stephenson to make the game 6-0 in favor of the Tigers.
Turner delivered a base hit that allowed Jones to score.
Cruz found himself in a bit of a jam in the bottom of the fourth when Boaz had runners on second and third, but he was able to notch one of his two strikeouts to end the threat.
The Tigers stranded runners in the fifth, and Boaz put two runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth.
In response, Dadeville put up three more runs in the top of the sixth, all of them coming with two outs.
After Nolen drew a walk, Turner hit another single. Both runners advanced after a passed ball.
A McKinley single scored Nolen and advanced Turner to third.
Duck then brought both baserunners home with a double.
Duck then took over on the mound in the sixth. After forcing two quick flyouts on two pitches, Duck gave up a single and walked two straight Pirates batters to load the bases.
He was able to force a pop-up to end the inning.
In the top of the seventh, Kyle Harkins led off with a single and D.J. Pearson drew a walk.
Nick Broome scored Harkins with a double and Cole McKelvely followed up with a two-run double to put the score at its final margin.
“We had some good hits,” (coach) Nolen said. “We did a really good job of moving the baseball, getting runners on and scoring them when we needed to.”