Dadeville’s season halted by ChildersburgPublished 10:46pm Friday, April 25, 2014
In a battle of Tigers in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs, it was business as usual for one squad, and the end of the road for the other.
Dadeville’s seemingly storybook season came to a crashing halt at the hands of the No. 2 team in Class 4A, as DHS was swept out of the playoffs by Childersburg 9-6 in game one and 7-0 in game two.
Childersburg appeared on its way to a convincing win in game one, as the visiting Tigers quickly tagged Dadeville southpaw Trevor McKinley for two runs.
In the second inning, Trevor Bates added to the lead with an RBI double that scored Tylan Coleman.
DHS responded in a huge way, as Luke Kidwell got the home-standing Tigers on the board with a RBI double in the bottom of the second inning, and Mark Turner tied things up in the third inning with a two-run double.
McKinley gave Dadeville a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run double, and retired the side in the top of the fifth as momentum appeared to shift away from Childersburg.
In the top of the sixth, it all unraveled for Dadeville, as Childersburg’s lineup batted around. Despite mustering only two hits – two runners reached on errors, and four reached via walk or from being hit by pitch – CHS tacked on five runs in the frame, highlighted by a RBI double from Tyler Jackson and a RBI sacrifice fly from Bates.
Justin Bates added one more run for CHS, scoring Reeves Brashear on a single to make the game 9-5. Turner delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh, but Zack Lightsey preserved a complete game win by striking out Luke Kidwell to end game one.
Game two was all Childersburg, as senior Alex Bentley completely dominated the Dadeville batting order. Bentley allowed two hits and six walks, but struck out 17 DHS hitters on his way to a shutout victory.
Another fast start sealed it for Childersburg, as the visitors put up two runs in the bottom of the first thanks to an RBI double from Peyton Logan and a RBI groundout by Jackson.
Dadeville’s Jack Stephenson struggled with his command early on and was chased after 1.1 innings pitched. CHS scored two runs in the second inning, with Bates scoring on an attempted throw to first that went awry, and Logan driving in Lightsey.
Brashear added a RBI double in the bottom of the fourth to score Bentley, and that was more than enough run support for the CHS pitcher, who from the fourth inning onward retired 14 of Dadeville’s final 15 hitters via strikeout.