Bull­dogs bounce back from three-game skid

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - From staff re­ports

Cedar­town fans will be happy with two bits of news about the Bull­dogs base­ball pro­gram from this past week.

The first is that af­ter los­ing three-in-a-row to re­gion foes at the end of March, the Bull­dogs bounced back in non­con­fer­ence play with a win over Model.

Bull­dogs bat­ters got the bet­ter of the Blue Dev­ils in re­match from a Cedar­town win ear­lier in the sea­son. This time, the April 4 con­test at home saw Cedar­town grab a 3-1 win.

Fresh­man Cade Din­gler got his first ca­reer start on the mound for the Bull­dogs var­sity squad against Model last week, putting in four in­nings of work with only an earned r un al l owed be­fore r eli ever Seth Davis stepped in to help pickup the win for Cedar­town.

They were f ac­ing a re­lief pitcher for Model who came in to try and clean up against t he Bull­dogs af­ter Ja­son Ko­towski had a rough start against Cedar­town’s line-up.

Daulton Waddell, son of 1987 Cedar­town High grad­u­ate, held his own against the Bull­dogs, in­clud­ing some strike­outs against Jack Haney.

It didn’t change the out­come in the end. Dal­ton Bow­man put up an RBI sac­ri­fice fly, Cor­ben Cuz­zort snapped off an RBI dou­ble, and Will San­ders knocked in a run on a RBI sac­ri­fice fly­out all in the first in­ning against Ko­towski for the win,

The win last week put the Bull­dogs at five games be­hind even for the sea­son at 7-12 over­all, and 2- 6 in re­gion play af­ter wins over Chapel Hill and Sandy Creek back in March.

As Cedar­town comes down to the lat­ter half of the sea­son, they be­gin the week against the Cen­tral Car­roll Li­ons at home on Tues­day af­ter press time. They’re back on the road on at Cartersville on Thurs­day, then host Sandy Creek on Fri­day, which will also serve as Se­nior Night for the Bull­dogs.

Cedar­town won’t play again un­til April 17, and then will have a break be­fore round­ing out the sea­son with back to back home games against Rock­mart (see the story on Page B1 this week) and Ara­bia Moun­tain on April 20 and April 21.

The sec­ond bit of good news is that through this lat­ter half of reg­u­lar sea­son, t he Bull­dogs should have head coach Doyle Kel­ley back to busi­ness.

He was ex­pected to be back to work last week on Thurs­day but is still un­der or­ders to keep his sched­ule light as pos­si­ble.

Kel­ley was off for the past sev­eral games and let­ting his as­sis­tants take up the job of keep­ing the team rolling as he re­cov­ered from a heart pro­ce­dure.

Con­trib­uted by Gail Con­ner

Pitch­ing was good for both Cedar­town and Model last week dur­ing the Bull­dogs April 4 home game against the Blue Dev­ils, even stump­ing Nick Hud­dle­ston.

Con­trib­uted by Gail Con­ner

Cade Din­gler started his first game in var­sity pitch­ing for the Bull­dogs against Model.

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