BRHS handles TigersPublished 10:15am Wednesday, April 2, 2014
In a battle of inter-county rivals, the Benjamin Russell Wildcats came up trumps against the home-standing Dadeville Tigers, winning 6-2 thanks to a late-inning surge.
“It seemed to me that both teams didn’t play as well as they could have. We had some opportunities,” BRHS coach Richy Brooks said. “It wasn’t one of our better performances, but the end result was better than the alternative.”
A pitcher’s duel for much of the way, BRHS’ Caleb Brooks and DHS’ Logan Duck put the clamps on the opposing bats for much of the contest.
Dadeville gained control off of BRHS reliever Daniel Whatley, mustering two runs off the southpaw.
After Will Duffy drew a walk and advanced to second on a balk, Jack Stephenson got to first after being hit by a pitch.
Trevor McKinley hit a single to drive in Duffy, and Duck scored Stephenson with a single.
The Wildcats scored once in the top of the second, but they were bottled up until the top of the sixth inning. Zac Rogers hit an RBI double to score Brooks, and John Kelley laid down a bunt that squirted through the infield and scored Austin Moncus.
“To see us come back, get baserunners and score some runs when we got down was a big positive,” Brooks said.
BRHS added four more runs – two in the seventh inning – to seal the deal.
The Wildcats are now 20-6 on the season, but there’s still more to accomplish.
“We have a big week next week,” Brooks said. “We have to maintain our edge. Our kids have to understand we have to continue to get better. We’ve placed ourselves in a good position to get to the playoffs, but we’ve got to finish the deal, and then a new season starts. We have to keep working at it, and everything will take care of itself.”