Then the Bulldogs turned things around three days later by knocking off the Model Blue Devils 3-2 in a thriller.
The following is a recap of the action:
MONDAY, MARCH 8:
Cedartown 3, Model 2
With the score deadlocked at two in the bottom of the seventh the Bulldogs used two walks, a hit, and an error to defeat Model 3-2.
The inning started when Seth Rice came off the bench and smashed a 3-2 fastball into right field for a single.
Then with leadoff hitter Trey Kelley protecting Rice by swinging at a high pitch, Rice stole second base. Kelley then reached base on a shortstop’s error to place runners on first and second with no outs.
After Model retired a Bulldog batter, they would intentionally walk Brett Lane.
The plan looked to be paying off as the Blue Devils retired the next Cedartown batter via strikeout.
With bases loaded and two outs senior second baseman Charlie Puckett stepped to the plate.
Puckett quickly got ahead of the pitcher and put all the pressure on him. The pressure paid off as the Blue Devils walked Puckett, forcing in Rice from third base with the winning run.
Leading the Bulldogs offensively was Eric McGee who finished 2-for-3. Kelley, Puckett, Rice, Blake Landrum and Andrew Hutchins all added one hit a piece for the ’Dogs.
FRIDAY, MARCH 5:
Hiram 14, Cedartown 6
Wild pitching and costly errors were the downfall for the Cedartown Bulldogs (0-2) last Friday as the Hiram Hornets dealt the Bulldogs a 14-6 non-region loss.
Hiram, who only had eight hits in the game, took full advantage of seven Bulldog errors, five hit batsmen, and three walks.
Even though the Hornets sent 12 batters to the plate in the first inning, they had just four hits. Two Hiram players reached by walk, one was hit while batting, and three more reached base by Bulldog errors.
All in all the Hornets had 10 players reach base in the opening frame with nine of those base runners scoring.
However, the Bulldogs didn’t give up and actually outscored Hiram 6-5 throughout the rest of the contest.
Unfortunately, the big first inning was too much to overcome for the Bulldogs as they dropped their second straight game.
Leading the Bulldogs offensively was Drew Owens and Lane. Owens went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored while Lane went 1-for-2 with a two run homerun, two walks, and two runs scored.
Despite some erratic pitching from the Bulldogs staff, Hutchins was a bright spot for the Bulldogs.
Hutchins struck out five batters in 3 2/3 innings and allowed just two hits.
Cory Cottrell had three hits and four RBI’s for Hiram while teammate Ryan Green added two hits and two runs scored.
The Bulldogs will return to action Friday when they host the Model Blue Devils. Also on Friday the junior varsity Bulldog team will compete against Model.