By EDDY GIFFORD
The Dade County High School Wolverine baseball team had a three-game series with the Darlington Tigers last week, a region foe, and things did not go well for the Wolverines.
The first game of the series was at home on Tuesday, March 28, and the Tigers wasted little time as they scored five runs in the top of the first inning and that was just the beginning.
The Wolverines struggled at the plate but that was not the case for Darlington who added three runs in the second and two more in the third to take a commanding 10–0 lead into the fourth inning.
The Tigers scored four in the top of the fourth to go up 14-0 before Dade held them scoreless in the fifth but Darlington picked up the 14–0 win in five innings.
The Tigers out–hit the Wolverines 18 to 3.
Landon Williams, Jake Harris, and River McBryar picked up the hit for the Wolverines.
Mason Gatlin took the loss with McBryar pitching the final two innings.
On Thursday, March 30, the Wolverines traveled to Darlington for the second game of the series, and it was not much better.
The Tigers scored three first-inning runs and followed that with six runs in the second to take a 9-0 lead after two innings of play.
While Dade struggled at the plate, Darlington added two runs in the third to increase their lead to 11-0. The Wolverines finally retired them in the fourth without scoring, but the game ended in the fifth with the Tigers taking the win 11-0.
Harris picked up the only hit for the Wolverines while Jax Guinn took the loss with relief help from Harris.
On Friday, the Wolverines hosted the Tigers again for the final game of the series.
After two terrible games, it got worse as Darlington scored five runs in the first and second innings to take a 10-0 lead and then finished off the Wolverines with six runs in the third inning to take the win 16-0 in three innings.
The stats for the game were incomplete, but the Wolverines went hitless. Gatlin took the loss with relief from McBryar.
This week, the Wolverines traveled to Pepperell on Tuesday to begin a three-game series with the Dragons. The team will be at home
Thursday, April 6, at 5:30 p.m., and then travel back to Pepperell Friday, April 7, for a 5 p.m. game.