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Dadevlle shakes off tough weekend, beats Rebels in comeback

Published 11:12am Thursday, February 27, 2014

After a Saturday double-header that saw the Dadeville Tigers take two losses versus Headland and Northview, the Tigers entered the Field of Dreams tournament determined to start off on the right foot.
In their tournament opener versus Reeltown, the start wasn’t as expected, but the ending was more than satisfactory.
Reports from these games are below:

DHS 5, RHS 4 (Monday)
The Tigers scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to salvage a 5-4 win over rival Reeltown in their opening Field of Dreams tournament game.
“It wasn’t pretty,” said DHS baseball coach Randy Nolen. “But I’m very pleased at our concentration and focus in that last inning. We gave ourselves a chance to win.”
The Rebels appeared on their way to a convincing win as Cody Spivey had the Tigers’ hitters off-balance nearly all game long while Reeltown handed their top hurler a 4-0 lead.
“He did a great job of changing speeds and keeping the ball down,” Nolen said of Spivey. “We didn’t have very good approaches at the plate. He shut us down for six innings, but I guess he got tired toward the end.”
After Spivey gave up a leadoff walk, Dadeville started manufacturing hits and runs. Spivey was eventually pulled after Dadeville cut the deficit to 4-2.
“We had to take it one base at a time,” Nolen said of the rally.
DHS’ Jack Stephenson was walked to load the bases, and the Tigers brought them in one by one. The final run was compliments of Trevor McKinley, who put one in deep right field. Stephenson scored the winning run.
“We came out of it smelling like roses,” Nolen said. “And for much of the game, we smelled like something else, if you know what I mean.”
Spivey pitched six innings, striking out six and giving up five hits and was also 4-for-4 at the plate. He was charged with three earned runs. Landon Wilson picked up the win for the Tigers. Luke Kidwell had two RBIs, and Logan Duck and Corey Cruz each had one RBI.

DHS 1, HHS 9; DHS 3, NHS 5 (Saturday)
The Tigers were ransacked by Headland in game one of their weekend doubleheader tilt, losing 9-1. Dadeville followed that up by falling short versus Northview by a score of 5-3.
“In that Headland game, we really weren’t there in any aspect of the game,” Nolen said. “Pitching, hitting, you name it, we just did not play very well. They put up a couple runs here, a couple runs there and suddenly we got beat. We were left wondering where that game went.”
Against Northview, the Tigers were able to load the bases in the top of the seventh while down 5-3. While unable to bring any of them across the plate, Nolen said the game offered some valuable lessons to the team.
“We gave ourselves a chance to win, and we did some good things,” he said. “We made some adjustments and had a lot of good at-bats, and we learned a lot from it.”
Nolen said the early portion of the season has been a period of self-discovery, as the team is still figuring out its identity.
“We’ve been doing a lot of learning about ourselves, and it’s been interesting,” Nolen said. “We kind of have this Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde thing going on, and we’ve got to get rid of one of them.”
Dadeville continues to play on in the Field of Dreams tournament. The Outlook will report scores as made available.

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