By EDDY GIFFORD
The Dade County High School Wolverine baseball team traveled to Summerville on Monday, March 29 to start their three-game series with the Chattooga Indians in Region 7-AA play. DCHS came in having won their first two region series and looking to continue their winning ways.
It did not take them long to get started as they scored three runs in the first inning on five hits and a hit batter, taking a 3-0 lead before the Indians got their first at bat.
The Wolverines’ Brett Kay gave up a walk and single before settling down and striking out the next two and getting a popup to end the inning.
After a quiet second inning for both teams Dade scored six runs in the top of the third inning on seven hits and an error to take a commanding 9-0 lead.
The Wolverines scored another run in the top of the fourth, but the Indians answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning on two hits, two walks and a hit batter to close the gap to 10-3.
A scoreless fifth inning was followed by three runs in the top of the sixth and after holding Chattooga scoreless in the bottom of the sixth the game was called since the Wolverines were up by 10 runs, 13-3.
Kay got the win pitching three innings giving up no runs, two hits and striking out five. Kaden Moore and Eli Kimball finished out the game for Dade.
The Wolverines pounded out 20 hits in the game with Kay getting four hits and two RBI’s and Brayden Nethery, Landon Williams, and Zeke Wheeler all had three hits each.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Dade 3 0 6 1 0 3 X 13 20 04
Chattooga 0 0 0 3 0 0 X 03 04 03
The second game of the series was played at Edwards Park in Dalton on Thursday after all the rain on Wednesday left the Wolverine field to wet. The Edwards Park field was all turf and was a good alternative to get the game in.
DCHS jumped out early on the Indians again, scoring four first inning runs on three hits and an error to go up 4-0.
The came right back in the second inning with a three-run home run by Brodie Swader and the Wolverines were up 7-0.
Chattooga got back in the game in the top of the third when they scored four runs on four hits and two walks to close the gap to 7-4.
The Wolverines came right back in the bottom of the third with four runs on five hits, this time the big blow was from Brett Kay with a double. The score was not 11-4.
The Indians rallied again in the fifth, scoring three runs on a pair of home runs to close the gap again to 11-7.
In the top of the seventh inning Chattooga loaded the bases with one out and a walk scored one. Brayden Nethery came in and struck out the next two batters to pick up the save as Dade held on for an 11-8 win.
Brodie Swader got the win, pitching five innings giving up seven runs while striking out eight. Colton Emmett pitched 1.1 innings, giving up one run on three hits and striking out one.
Kay had a pair of hits and four RBI’s while Nolan Heath, Swader, Nethery, and Eli Kimball all had two hits each.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Chattooga 0 0 4 0 3 0 1 08 11 03
Dade County 4 3 4 0 0 0 X 11 12 00
The third game of the series was played Friday afternoon at Chattooga and again DCHS took the early lead, scoring three runs on two hits, a walk, and an error to take a 3-0 lead.
The Indians answered with a run on two hits in the bottom of the first to make it a 3-1 game.
After a scoreless second inning the Wolverines added two runs in the third and three in the fourth to go up 8-1 before
Chattooga added a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth to make it an 8-3 game.
The Indians added another run in the bottom of the fifth to close the gap to 8-4, but that would be all for the Indians.
The Wolverines came back to score six big runs in the top of the sixth and put the game away, winning 14-4.
Nethery picked up the win pitching five innings, giving up one earned run, striking out six and no walks. Brett Kay pitched the one inning striking out three.
Brodie Swader had three hits including a home run and scored four runs while Kaden Moore had four hits, 2 RBI’s and scored three runs. Nolan Heath also had three hits in the game.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Dade County 3 0 2 3 0 6 X 14 16 04
Chattooga 1 0 0 2 1 0 X 04 07 04
This week the Wolverines hosted Pepperell on Monday and will travel to Pepperell for a double header with the first game starting at 2 p.m. Dade will be at home next week to face Gordon Central on Tuesday, Fannin County on Wednesday at home and then Gordon Central again on Friday at home for a double header. Get out and support the Wolverines!