By EDDY GIFFORD
The Dade County High School Wolverine baseball team opened the 2023 season last week when they traveled to Gordon Central to face the Warriors.
The GHSA moved the baseball season up another week this year giving DCHS nine games in the month of February. Not sure what the GHSA’s thinking is, but how many of those games will actually be played due to the weather? South Georgia may be fine, but not North Georgia.
The Wolverines picked up a run in the first inning on single by Mason Gatlin, a stolen base, and an error to take the early lead 1-0.
The Warriors would answer with a run of their own in the bottom of the first to tie the game, 1-1.
After a scoreless second inning, Dade put up four big runs in the top of the third inning to take the lead 5-1.
Gordon Central managed another run in the bottom of the third and the Wolverines scored two more in the top of the fourth. The Warriors then answered those two with two of their own in the bottom of the fourth to make it 7-4 after four innings of play.
A four-run fifth inning by Dade opened up a big lead, 11-4. After a scoreless sixth inning, the Wolverines put the game away with six big runs in the top of the seventh and came away with a season opening win of 17-4.
Gatlin led the Wolverines with three hits, three RBIs, and scored four runs while Eli Kimball had two hits, three RBI’s, and scored two runs. Dade had 12 hits in the game.
On the mound, Kimball pitched 2.1 innings giving up four hits and two earned runs while striking out four; Jake Harris pitched 2.2 innings giving up four hits and two runs while striking out six; and River McBryar pitched two innings giving up one hit and striking out five.
It was a big season opening win for the Wolverines who host the Warriors today at 5 p.m. DCHS will travel to Ider on Friday, Feb. 17 to face the Hornets at 5:30 p.m.