April 24, 2014

Area prep roundup: Cats will miss baseball state playoffs again

With a spot in the Class 4A baseball state playoffs on the line Wednesday in Canton, Dalton High School was unable to generate enough offense at River Ridge.

The Knights — the No. 2 seed from Sub-region 7A-4A — held Dalton to seven hits over two games and won the best-of-three Region 7-4A playoff series with a pair of mercy-rule victories, winning 13-3 in six innings in the opener and 12-1 in five innings in the nightcap.

River Ridge moves on to next week’s action, while Dalton — Sub-region 7B-4A’s third-place team — ends the season with a 14-11 mark, missing the state playoffs for the fourth straight season.

“I am very excited about the future and extremely excited about the direction we are headed in,” said Dalton coach Shane Ramsey, who finished his second year as the team’s head coach. “We are moving up in classification next year and we will continue to compete and work hard over the summer.”

Jake Roberts was the lone Dalton player with more than one hit in the doubleheader, going 2-for-2 in the nightcap with his homer as the team’s only run.

• Southeast Whitfield split the first two games of a Region 7-4A crossover series with Pickens.

The visiting Raiders (14-12) lost the opener 4-3 but bounced back to win the second game 12-5 and assure themselves of a winning season. They close their schedule today with a 5:55 p.m. home game against the Dragons.

In the first game, Ty Pendley had an RBI single, while Daniel Chavarria and Abram Stanley each had two hits and Rhett Harper had a two-run home run.

In the nightcap, Blake Foster went 3-for-4 and Colter Faith was 3-for-5 as each player finished a hit shy of the cycle. Foster tallied seven RBIs with a single, double and three-run homer, plus a sacrifice fly, while Faith was missing a double in his cycle bid.

Stanley added a two-run homer for the Raiders, who had just one error on the day.

Noah Ramsey pitched a complete-game victory as he allowed four earned runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out five.

Whitefield Academy 6, Christian Heritage 3: The host Lions (9-13, 5-11 Region 6-A) suffered a tough loss on senior night — Whitefield’s three-run homer in the ninth was the difference in the extra-innings battle.

Chandler Coley started on the mound for Christian Heritage, striking out six and allowing two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. Nich Bartley and Chase Tidwell each had two hits and drove in a run.

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