DHS sweeps TallasseePublished 8:35pm Wednesday, February 19, 2014
The Dadeville Tigers have flown out of the starting gate thanks to a double-header sweep of Tallassee on opening day.
DHS took down Tallassee 10-1 in game one, and followed that up with a 13-3 (F/5) win to move to 2-0 on the season.
“We had some big two-out hits and some big hits with runners in scoring position in both games,” said DHS baseball coach Randy Nolen “And knock on wood, you hope that keeps up.”
In game one, Trevor McKinley dominated the Tallassee lineup. He pitched six innings and allowed only one hit.
The Dadeville offense did the rest.
Game two started off sluggish for Dadeville. Colin Speake kicked things off for THS with a lead-off single and moved to third base thanks to throwing errors.
He eventually put Tallassee ahead 1-0 when he scored on a balk by Jack Stephenson. Dadeville responded with a six-run second inning.
Logan Duck started things off when he reached first on a throwing error and stole second. After Corey Cruz and Luke Kidwell were hit by pitches, Dadeville scored two runs when Tallassee gave up two straight bases-loaded walks to Nick Broome and Landon Wilson.
Stephenson followed that with an RBI single to end the scoring. This led to a pitching change as Speake took the mound.
The change didn’t help, as Will Duffy and McKinley each drove in runs, and Wilson scored on a passed ball.
Tallassee chipped away at the lead when they picked up a run in the top of the third. Brandon Baynes reached base on a single and eventually scored on a passed ball to make it 6-2 DHS.
Dadeville added a run in the bottom of the third, as two balks allowed Kidwell to cross home plate. Tallassee returned the favor in the top of the fourth, when an RBI single by Speake brought in Bradford Whitaker.
In the bottom of the fifth, Dadeville put it away with another six-run inning. A leadoff double by Mark Turner kicked things off, and later scored on a passed ball. After Dadeville loaded the bases, Broome delivered a single to make the game 9-3, which prompted Baynes to take the mound.
Wilson scored Duck on a sacrifice fly, and Stephenson drove in another run to make it 11-3. A two-run double by Dadeville’s Clayton Sprague ended the night.
“We moved runners over when we needed to,” Nolen said. “I was really tickled at some of the at-bats we had. We got down early in the count, but we wound up getting some walks out of at-bats that we got down two strikes down in early on.”
Despite Dadeville putting up double-digit run totals, Nolen said he was most impressed with the work of his hurlers.
“I think the biggest thing I’m pleased with is pitching,” Nolen said. “Trevor looked really good, and Jack looked good. I’m really pleased with how my guys played.”
Stephenson pitched all five innings, allowing seven hits and striking out six on his way to a win.
He also was 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs.
Broome, Wilson and Sprague each had two RBIs as well.