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Dalton baseball: Close not enough for Dawgs

PHOTOS BY LISA McGINTY | LMc Photography
Top, Alex Hess gets the out at third and looks for the double play against Waynedale.

Will Carmichael at first base.

By ARIEL STAHLER
Gazette & News sports writer

In the beginning weeks of the baseball season, many teams work to overcome the early-season challenges they face. Dalton High School’s varsity team has lately struggled in close games. The Dawgs had losses to Waynedale and Manchester to bring their overall record to 2-4.
Dalton was shut out by visiting Waynedale 5-0 on April 3. The Golden Bears scored their first run in the top of the first inning. Neither team scored until the fifth inning when Waynedale added another run. They finished with three additional runs in the sixth inning.

Brady Hignight, Trey Dunn and Jack Steiner all singled for Dalton’s three hits of the game. Seth Wyckoff was the losing pitcher. He gave up five runs on seven hits in six innings of work. He also issued two walks and recorded seven strikeouts.

The Dawgs headed into their April 4 game at Waynedale with the mindset of overcoming the struggles from the day before. They appeared to be within reach of that goal until the Golden Bears made a late-game push to take the 5-4 victory.

“Heartbreaking loss for us,” said Dalton’s head coach Scott Huth. “We outhit them, and in my opinion, outplayed them in every inning but one.”

Dalton started out strong when Talan Greegor singled in Cade Mullet in the top of the first inning. Greegor plated another run in the third when he doubled to send Mullet home.

Waynedale took the lead in the bottom of the third when they scored three runs. The Golden Bears extended the lead with another run in the fifth inning. However, Dalton was determined not to go away passively. With one out in the top of the sixth, Justin Basinger singled to get on base. Steiner later singled to give Dalton two baserunners.

Hignight came up to bat and smashed a 2-RBI single to tie the game, but Dalton could not take the lead before the end of the inning.

Waynedale scored one run in the bottom of the inning to take the lead and, ultimately, win the game. Will Carmichael received the loss. He worked two innings and gave up one earned run, issued two walks and struck out three batters.

The Dawgs closed out the week by hosting Manchester. The visiting Panthers won the April 8 game 1-0.

“Difficult game for me to take today,” Huth said. “We lost a very winnable game.”

The game remained scoreless until the fifth inning when Manchester plated the only run of the game. Dalton had three baserunners in their half of the inning, but they could not answer Manchester’s run. Steiner and Kade Miller had Dalton’s two hits in the game. Alex Hess received the loss. He gave up one run on three hits in 4 1/3 innings of work, in addition to issuing four walks and striking out four hitters.

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