DHS erases 3-1 deficit vs. Class 5A No. 7 Etowah in 2014 ClassicPublished 10:23am Thursday, March 27, 2014
It wasn’t pretty, and at times it was shaky, but Dadeville’s late charge was enough to outlast Class 5A No. 7 Etowah 7-5.
Dadeville quickly fell behind 3-1 to the Blue Devils, as the Tigers’ offense couldn’t do much at the plate – a prevalent issue in several of the Tigers’ losses this season.
The Tigers’ turned it all around in the bottom of the fifth inning, manufacturing runs thanks to small ball and Etowah miscues.
After Landon Wilson reached first after being hit by a pitch, Will Duffy moved him to third with a double to deep left.
Jack Stephenson scored Wilson on a groundout, and after starting pitcher Trevor McKinley drew a walk, Duffy crossed home plate thanks to a balk.
McKinley stole second, and Clayton Sprague loaded the bases when he was struck by a pitch.
A sacrifice fly from Logan Duck scored McKinley, but a baserunning faux pas from Sprague ended the Tigers’ inning.
Up 4-3, the Tigers sent Duffy to the mound to close the deal for the sixth and seventh innings, but Duffy gave up a walk, a double and another walk as the Blue Devils looked poised to return the three-run favor.
The Blue Devils tied the game thanks to a RBI groundout, but Duffy limited the damage for the rest of the frame.
The bottom of the sixth began just as the bottom of the fifth did, when Luke Kidwell was beaned.
A sacrifice bunt by Corey Cruz moved Kidwell to second, and a single by Alex Baker had DHS runners at the corners.
Wilson laid down a sac bunt that scored Kidwell, and after Duffy reached on a single, Stephenson scored Baker with a single.
McKinley loaded the bases with a single, and Sprague earned an RBI when he drew a bases-loaded walk.
At the end of it all, Dadeville led 7-4.
Duffy and the Tigers overcame two walks and two errors to hold off Etowah’s comeback attempt.