Later that night the Bulldogs handled Paulding Cou8nty 8-3 to take all six games of the tournament.
“I am happy that we have won six games,” said Cedartown coach Doyle Kelley. “It was nice to take the tournament to open the year hopefully that will give us the confidence to start off the region season right.”
Cedartown 4, Central 1
Despite meeting in the second to last game for the Bulldogs, the game against eight-ranked Central Carrollton Saturday afternoon was for the tournament title. Cedartown, ranked sixth in the state, was 4-0 and Central was 5-0 in the tournament so far so the winner of that game would be the champion.
The game was started Wednesday night but called after one inning due to rain with the score 3-0 Cedartown. The restarted game picked up in the second inning with the Bulldogs still up 3-0, but with new line-ups and pitchers. Both teams also started the game over at the top of their line-ups.
Wednesday night the Bulldogs started the game off right as they scored three runs in the bottom half of the first inning. Drew Robinson opened the game with a single to left field. Brother Matt Robinson also singled to give the Bulldogs runners on first and second. Dennis Drummond walked to load the bases and then Wayne Cupp walked to drive in Drew Robinson from third. Sean Burnette then singled to right to score both Matt Robinson and Drummond before Central could get another out and end the inning.
When the game restarted it looked like both teams were still asleep offensively as neither one really put up much offense the rest of the game.
Cedartown only allowed one hit to Central in the two days of this game. That came in the fourth inning. Ben Ginther opened the inning with a single up the middle. He moved other to second on a wild pitch and then to third on a throwing error. Ginther scored on groundout and that was the extent of the Central Lions offense for the game.
Cedartown was not much better as they struck out seven of nine at-bats during three innings of the game. But in the fifth inning the Bulldogs managed to scrape together one more run. Justin Robinson opened the inning with an infield single. He then advanced to second on a throwing error. A fly-out moved Robinson to third. Matt Robinson then doubled to left to score Justin from third for the Bulldogs final run of the game.
Clay O’Neal got the win for the Bulldogs as he pitched four innings. He gave up one unearned run and struck out five, while walking only one.
Cedartown 8, Paulding Co. 3
With the tournament decided, the final game was a time to play a lot of players for the Bulldogs who still managed to get the win easily over Paulding County Saturday night.
Paulding County led 1-0 till thew top of the third inning when the Bulldogs tied the game up.
Justin Robinson tripled to center field with two outs to get the Bulldogs on tract. He would score two pitches later on a wild pitch to tie the game up at one after two and a half innings.
In the fifth inning the Bulldogs shot ahead with six runs.
Joey King and Brad Easterwood led off the inning for the Bulldogs with back to back walks. A single by Justin Robinson scored King and moved Easterwood over to third when the center fielder dropped the ball. Drew Robinson then hit a towering fly ball to center filed that went about 390 feet for a sacrifice fly as Easterwood scored and Justin Robinson moved over to third. Matt Robinson and Dennis Drummond both walked to load the bases with one out. Wayne Cupp hit a fly ball to left that scored Justin Robinson to give the Bulldogs a 4-1 lead.
Clay O’Neal then drove in a run with an infield fly that was dropped. Sean Burnette then emptied the bases for the Bulldogs with a double to center field. The double gave the Bulldogs a 7-1 lead.
Paulding County got two runs in the fifth inning, but they would not really threaten again. In the sixth inning Danny Brown came in to pitch for the Bulldogs and shut down Paulding striking out the side in both innings.
Brown also helped himself with his first high school hit in the sixth inning. He singled to open the inning and went to second on an outfield error. Brown then advanced to third on a pass ball and scored one out later when Trey Brooks singled to right field. The score gave the Bulldogs a 8-3 lead and that turned out to be the margin of victory.
Sam Hunt got the win for the Bulldogs on the mound as he pitched two innings in relief and was the pitcher of record when the Bulldogs scored six runs in the fifth inning. Hunt allowed two runs, one earned and struck out four while walking only one.
Cedartown 6, Villa Rica 2
Cedartown waited for a late team and a sprinkler delay for over an hour to get started against Villa Rica Friday night. After getting started the Bulldogs had some early troubles only to score four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a tie to win the game.
Cedartown opened up the scoring in the bottom half of the first inning. Drew Robinson opened the inning with a one out single to left. Matt Robinson followed that with a long double to the left center field gap that scored Drew from first. Dennis Drummond singled and then stole second base, but he and Matt Robinson both were stranded on base, as the Bulldogs could not manage another hit.
In the third inning the Bulldogs managed another run. Matt Robinson had an infield single that turned into a triple on a two base throwing error by Villa Rica. Drummond then grounded out to short, but that was enough to score Robinson and give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.
Villa Rica scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning to tie the game, but the Bulldogs would take the lead an inning later to stay.
Drummond opened the inning with a double down the left field line. Wayne Cupp walked and then pinch runner Chris Waits stole second after a wild pitch moved Drummond to third. Clay O’Neal then reached on an outfield error and scored Drummond. Sean Burnette then singled to right field and scored Waits from third.
O’Neal would score one pitch later on a wild pitch. Burnette would score on a ground out by Trey Brooks and the Bulldogs had their 6-2 lead.
Trey Brooks and Matt Blankenship then both threw and inning to seal the win for the Bulldogs. Wayne Cupp got the win for the Bulldogs after he went four scoreless innings to start the game.
Cedartown also had games planned for Monday at Model and Tuesday at Hiram rained out. The Bulldogs will be in action again today hosting Model weather and field conditions permitting.