Dade County Baseball First Round Playoffs @ Pace Academy
by: Don Walker
Mableton, GA—Coach Chris Brown has done a lot of changing and shifting as injuries and other issues plagued his young team and after just an 8 game season last year got his team into the playoffs this year with four freshman in the starting lineup. That young team ran into a Pace Academy Knights team that has at least 4 players already committed to SEC or ACC schools to play college ball.
In game 1, SR Brett Kay and reliever Colton Emmett were hurt by 8 hit batsmen or walks. 7 of them scored to contribute to the 13-2 defeat in 5 innings.
In the nightcap, the Wolverines sent JR Brodie Swader to the mound. He held the Knights to 4 runs until the 6th inning when Pace sent 11 to the plate. That’s when the wheels came off for Dade as 4 walks and an error to open the inning brought Pace’s MJ Morris to the plate with the bases loaded and one run in. Morris drove a long home run over the 372 sign in left center field and put the game out of reach. JR Brayeden Netherly would come in to wrap up the contest as the Wolverines fell 10-0 in six innings.
The Knight’s pitching held the Dade team to just 2 hits in the two games. Dade managed a double by FR Eli Kimball to open the 3rd inning of the first game and he would later score on a wild pitch and Jax Guinn would also come around to score to draw with in 2 runs. But in the bottom of the 3rd, Pace would up 6 runs and put it out of reach.
In the second game, Brodie Swader would single with two outs in the 1st inning. Following that the Pace pitchers would set down 16 straight Wolverines on the way to sweeping Dade out of the playoffs.
The Wolverines season came to and end with a 14-15 record, while Pace improves to 20-6-1 and advances to the second round, next week.