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March 7, 2014

Prep Roundup: A little bit of momentum

Dalton wins fourth straight on diamond

Neither Dalton High School baseball coach Shane Ramsey nor North Murray coach David Redmond has had much reason to complain about their offensive production this season.

Defense is another matter.

The teams played against each other for the second day in a row, and just as in Wednesday’s 2-1 win for Dalton in Chatsworth, Thursday’s game in Dalton was decided by a run. However, this time it was an 11-10 Dalton win after the two teams combined for 10 errors and just eight earned runs.

“Offensively, we are swinging well and getting runs in when we get into scoring position,” Ramsey said. “We are still having to work on the big inning from the other teams where we have one error and it leads to another. We have not looked great the last two games defensively, but we have won, so I am happy about that. We are figuring out a way to win, and that is a big positive.”

The teams combined for 26 hits, and Redmond felt much the same way Ramsey did after the offensive display — he’s wondering when the defense is going to catch up.

“We are hitting the ball well, but our defense has been shaky and we haven’t gotten it figured out yet,” Redmond said. “The kids are still battling, which is a real good thing. The pitching is doing its job, we just have to get the defense to step up.”

 Dalton senior catcher Grant Sane was 2-for-2 and drove in three runs for the Catamounts (4-2). Cole Shelton was also 2-for-2, driving in a pair of runs, while Jase Chastain was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Charlie Martin also drove in a run.

Jake Roberts — one of five pitchers used by the Cats — took the win in relief, striking out four in 1 2/3 innings of work with five hits and two earned runs. Dalton committed three errors.

It was North Murray’s seven errors that doomed the Mountaineers, though, because there was plenty of offense.

Blake Davis led all hitters with a 4-for-5 night with an RBI and three runs, while Cole Vaughn was 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and Brody Frazier drove in a run and scored twice in a 2-for-3 performance. Alex Viars also drove in two runs as the Mountaineers (2-5) finished with 13 hits.

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