“I hadn’t pitched much in relief, but coach said to be ready if Wade faltered,” Whisenant said. “It was a big win since we won the series.”
Coach Middleton chimed in, “I think that Wade had been a little tired. Andy got ready in a hurry. He certainly did a good job.”
Northwest took a 2-0 lead in the first inning against Dalton starter Brandon Dale. Middleton singled and scored on Peralta’s double, while A.J. Orozco had an RBI sacrifice fly to left field.
Dale, the Cats’ leadoff hitter, got some revenge with a home run over the fence in center. Three straight walks led to one more run and a 2-2 tie.
In the third, the Bruins scored three runs to regain a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Hernandez’s double and Middleton’s single keyed the rally, along with two hit batsmen and a couple of wild pitches.
Northwest scored once in the fourth, when Whisenant was hit by a pitch and came home on an error. Orozco’s solo homer gave the Bruins a 7-2 advantage one inning later.
Grant Sane’s three-run homer in Dal-ton’s half of the fifth cut Northwest’s lead to 7-5. A walk to Matt Wells and an error preceded Sane’s shot to left field.
“We all felt pretty pumped up after that,” Sane said. “I thought that we were going to come back and win. We just have to come back in the next game swinging.”
Northwest scored once in the sixth following a walk to Brandon Smith, two errors and Peralta’s sac fly.
The Bruins added three runs in the seventh. Seth Pierce’s double and singles from Kyle Brock, Whisenant and Smith were coupled with two errors.
“We’ve gotten no breaks in this series,” Dalton head coach Shane Ramsey said. “They (Bruins) do a good job of putting you away. Brandon Dale did a great job, both pitching and hitting.”
Dale and Sane each had two hits among the Cats’ five.
Dale, who according to Ramsey threw about 110 pitches, was pulled after six innings. He allowed eight runs (seven earned) and two walks while striking out five. He hit three batters.
Coach Middleton said that Pierce, who halted Dalton in the opener, likely will start on the mound again Friday. Ramsey anticipates Michael O’Brien going for Dalton.
• Cartersville 8, Coahulla Creek 0: Scout Plott had the lone hit for the Colts (6-12, 3-6 Region 5-3A) in the road loss.
Tucker Sheram started and worked the first four innings on the mound, allowing six runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out one. Erick Dominguez pitched the final two innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on a hit and a walk while striking out two.
• Ringgold 11, North Murray 5: Alex Viars went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and three RBIs, but the Mountaineers (7-10, 4-4 Region 5-3A) came up short in Chatsworth.
Aaron Granger was 2-for-3, while Jared Goswick and Cole Vaughn each went 2-for-4 and Jared Campbell drove in a run for North Murray, which tallied 12 hits.
Goswick started on the mound and lasted 2 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on four hits and five walks while striking out a pair of hitters. Ethan Lents allowed five runs (two earned) on four hits and a pair of walks — he struck out two — in 1 2/3 innings, while Campbell gave up the other run while working the seventh.
• Southeast Whitfield did not report results from Wednesday’s scheduled Sub-region 7B-4A game at Heritage-Catoosa by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.
In late results from Tuesday, Southeast was swept by visiting Heritage in a doubleheader, losing 15-3 and 11-7.
In the first game, Colter Faith and Blake Foster each had an RBI single for the Raiders. In the second game, Foster was 3-for-4 with four RBIs, including a solo home run, while Faith drove in two runs and Austin Pratt added an RBI single.