Pike County falls in disappointing loss

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 26, 2002

BNI Newswire

DADEVILLE – Pike County is out of the 3A playoffs after a disappointing 10-0 loss to Dadeville Wednesday.

Pike County was limited to only three walks in the contest.

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In the top of the second, the Pike County offense went down in order, Elijah Daniel, Dee Price and Rodney Lee.

In the bottom of the second, Dadeville effectively put the game away.

Rusty Mask reached on a dead ball hit by pitch. Blake Meadows then singled, but Pike County picked off Mask at second.

The Dadeville offense tightened when Oliver Aaron singled to put runners at first and second.

Pike County’s David Fyvash mishandled the ball, allowing courtesy runner Greg Patterson to advance to third.

Pike County catcher Chris Nixon tried a pickoff attempt at second that allowed Patterson to score.

Dadeville then had a 2-0 lead.

Pike County issued Chadley Farley a walk to put runners on the corners. Dusty Holley came to the plate and singled, scoring Aaron. Farley came home on a Pike County wild pitch to put Dadeville up 4-0.

Dadeville added a run in the bottom of the third when Adam Keeble singled, and Meadows followed with a one-bagger that brought Keeble home for a 5-0 lead.

Pike County went down in order in the top of the fourth, but Dadeville took advantage of its chances in the bottom of the stanza.

Aaron singled and advanced to third on a Farley single.

Ian Foster hit a shot to deep center that brought Aaron and Farley home for a 7-0 lead.

In the top of the fifth, Pike County pitcher D.J. Cannon was issued a walk, but the Pike County offense sputtered and failed to plate a run.

The game came to an end in the bottom of the fifth, when Mask singled to lead off and made it as far as third base on a single by Meadows.

Cannon then issued Daniel Keeble a walk and Aaron followed with a single to bring Mask and Patterson home for a 9-0 lead.

Farley singled, and that allowed Aaron to score the 10th and deciding run. Pike County Coach Fred Holland did not comment after the game. Pike County’s Price pitched the first and a third innings, followed by Cannon in relief.

The Dadeville Tigers will continue their trek through the 3A playoffs after a 10-0 win Wednesday over Pike County.

Dadeville jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first and never looked back.

"It’s always important to win the first game," said Dadeville coach Randy Nolen. "There’s a lot of nerves in the first and second round. If you can make if past that point, the nerves subside and you can focus on the competition. We’re going to take this game by game, and we look forward to being back in action on Saturday."