April 6, 2013

Prep roundup: Bruins sweep Southeast, look ahead to Dalton

Northwest Whitfield High School baseball coach Todd Middleton didn’t want to talk about next week’s series before this week’s ended.

Between now and next Friday, the Dalton Catamounts will receive all of his and the Bruins’ attention.

Northwest won via mercy rule, 13-2, on Friday in the third game of its three-game series with Southeast Whitfield. It is the Bruins’ 10th straight victory and keeps them without a blemish in Sub-region 7B-4A play, which is equal to what their biggest rivals have done.

Middleton said after Wednesday’s win against Southeast (4-12, 1-8) he didn’t want to talk with his team about the looming series with the Cats. After Friday’s victory, the topic came up.

“We talked about it,” he said. “It’s important. They know that. We’re tied for first place with them. It’s definitely important.”

Next week will be a matchup of undefeated first-place squads as Dalton (10-6, 9-0) and Northwest (14-3, 9-0) battle in a three-game series, with the winner entering the regular season’s final week with a clear advantage for the sub-region championship. The series starts at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Tunnel Hill, continues at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Dalton and concludes at 5:30 p.m. Friday back on the Bruins’ field.

“We need to make sure we take care of game one,” Middleton added. “That’s all we’re worried about right now. It’s a great rivalry and it’ll be fun, but we’re looking at it as just the next step.”

Andy Whisenant pitched all five innings for the Bruins on Friday, allowing just three hits and three walks while striking out three. Neither of the two runs he allowed were earned.

At the plate, Brandon Smith and Brady Middleton each went 2-for-3, while Diego Peralta went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

Edwin Hernandez was 3-for-3 with one RBI. A.J. Orozco was 2-for-3 with one RBI. Seth Pierce went 2-for-2 with three RBIs, plus a two-run home run in the first inning. Whisenant helped his cause with an RBI single.

Southeast coach Brad Lofton did not report his team’s statistics by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.

• Coahulla Creek’s scheduled Region 5-3A matchup with Ringgold in Varnell was postponed due to wet field conditions. It has been rescheduled for today at 1 p.m.

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