Hornets’ hiccup leads to Tigers’ extra-innings winPublished 2:41pm Friday, March 28, 2014
Committing five errors and allowing 13 hits is rarely a recipe for success, but that didn’t deter the Dadeville Tigers from victory.
Despite coughing up a 6-1 advantage, the Tigers took down the Chelsea Hornets 8-7 in extra innings during day four of the 2014 Lake Martin Classic.
The win came thanks to a gaffe by Chelsea.
After the Hornets went ahead 7-6 in the top of the eighth after tagging DHS’ Jack Stephenson for three hits and a run, the heart of the Tigers’ order salvaged the win.
Trevor McKinley led things off with a triple and Dadeville tied things up when a Clayton Sprague swing produced a dribbler down the right field line.
Sprague ended up with a double on the play, and Logan Duck moved him to third with a single.
Luke Kidwell laid down a bunt, and Sprague raced home.
The Hornets’ catcher was there to meet him with the tag, but he couldn’t hold onto the ball as Kidwell slid. Kidwell was ruled safe, and the Tigers had won it.
DHS appeared to be on its way to a commanding win as the Tigers pounced on the Hornets from the start.
Stephenson reached on a single, and McKinley blasted a double that just missed going out of the park to set the table for Dadeville.
After Sprague loaded the bases from taking a pitch off the arm, the Tigers got three straight RBI singles from Duck, Kidwell and Corey Cruz.
Duck struck again in the bottom of the second with a two-run double, putting the Tigers up 5-0.
The Hornets’ offense then came to life.
In the top of the fourth, the Hornets’ bats finally broke through on Stephenson and the Tigers defense.
Chelsea’s lineup batted around, collecting six hits and tacking on five runs.
The teams couldn’t do anything else until the eighth inning, where the wild ending unfolded.
Stephenson went all eight innings for the Tigers, earning the victory.
Duck was 4-for-5 with three RBIs. Will Duffy was 1-for-2 with a run scored and two stolen bases.
Kidwell had two RBIs, scored a run and stole a base.