The young Bulldogs, coached by Bill Ellis, went 12-3 on the season, losing only to Darlington.
“The only team we lost to was Darlington,” Ellis stated. “They beat us once in the regular season by one run, again in the post-season tournament by one run, and then in the championship game by three runs.”
Cedartown placed second out of 10 teams in the league, despite having only three eighth graders on the roster.
“We were probably the youngest team in the middle school varsity division,” Ellis noted.
The Bulldogs opened the season on Feb. 21 by blowing out Model 11-0. Two days later, Cedartown clipped Rockmart 6-5.
Cedartown downed Chattooga 5-3 on Feb. 27 before losing their first game of the season on March 5 to Darlington, 4-3.
After that setback, the young Bulldogs reeled off six straight wins to end the regular season 9-1. Cedartown blew out Pepperell 16-1 on March 9, defeated Rome 6-4 on March 13 and took out Coosa 5-1 on March 16.
Three days later, Cedartown slipped past Armuchee 10-9 and on March 20, the Bulldogs shellacked Cartersville 13-4. Cedartown closed out the regular season on March 22 by bashing Model 15-0.
The middle school squad beat Pepperell on March 29 to open tournament play, and then took out Coosa on April 2 to stay in the winner’s bracket. Unfortunately, Cedartown lost to Darlington a day later. Cedartown bounced back on April 4 to win a consolation game and set up a showdown with Darlington in the championship game.
The young Bulldogs fought hard in the title game, but came up short, falling to the Tigers 9-6.
Members of the Cedartown Middle School varsity baseball team this season were Zonterius Scofield, Braden McCollum, Casey Newsome, Miles Minge, Jack Haney, Henley Hays, Dalton Prince, Jakob Rodriguez, Lee Sisson, Walker Barrow, Steven Blazer, David Stocks, and Stan Ellis.
Bill Ellis was the manager while Ryan Prince and Jeff Minge were the assistant coaches.