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Tigers drop two of three to Handley

Published 11:31am Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Dadeville Tigers came out of a weekend series with Handley knowing exactly where they stand in their area, according to DHS head baseball coach Randy Nolen.
“We know that we’ve got to play our tail off in our area weekend series,” he said.
The Tigers lost two of three to Handley over the weekend.
Game one, which was started by C.J. Tolbert ended up an 11-4 loss for the Tigers. Nolen said that costly mistakes ended up being the team’s downfall.
“C.J. threw pretty well, but he left his pitches up,” Nolen said. “ The wind was going 20 miles per hour and Handley jumped on a few of them. They hit a couple pitches deep, we got behind and never really recovered. We made a lot of mistakes Friday and we had several opportunities to get a big hit but we couldn’t get that big hit.”
Game two went more favorably for the Tigers, as a sterling outing from Jack Stephenson led Dadeville (17-10) to a 5-3 victory.
Stephenson pitched the entire game, giving up eight hits and two earned runs.
“Jack’s been pretty consistent for us on the mound just about everytime he goes out there,” Nolen said.
Tolbert had two hits in the game and scored a run. Dadeville swung momentum in its favor for good with a four-run third inning, capped by an inside-the-park home run for Trevor McKinley.
In game three, a shaky outing from Corey Cruz coupled with untimely blunders doomed the Tigers as they fell 5-3.
Cruz pitched four innings, allowing four runs. McKinley pitched well in relief, allowing only one run and one hit in three innings.
He struck out four.
“I think Trevor regained a little bit of his confidence,” Nolen said. “We’ve got a lot of guys who are capable but sometimes they don’t have good stuff in the big games, and that happens. We made a few mistakes in this game that kind of cost us. We couldn’t get the big hit and that was the different. We have to be able to do that this weekend.”
Next for DHS will be a double-header against Benjamin Russell before a weekend series at home against the Class 4A No. 3 Beauregard Hornets.