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Tigers Drop to Third in Region Standings

Posted by Andy Norton at Mar 28, 2012 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

It appeared that the East Paulding head skipper had a great scouting report on the Tigers Wednesday night as his Raiders rolled up 11 hits and 11 runs to beat DCHS 11-1 in five innings. The Raiders hit the off-speed balls hard early and were only slowed down in the third when Isaac Carter took the mound for the final two innings. Ike allowed no runs, but with only four DC hits, it was not enough to mount a comeback.

The first three of DCHS’ four total hits came in the first, as Tank Barker reached on a single. Bryan Campbell then singled to put runners on the corners. A balk by the Raider pitcher allowed Tank to score. Logan Tillem got the third hit in the game, but was left stranded. Later in the game, Campbell reached second on a deeply hit ball for the final DC hit but the offense was not able to move him across the plate.

The Junior Varsity recorded their fourth win of the season against the Raiders in a 7-5 decision in Dallas.

Up next for the Tigers is a home game against the Hiram Hornets on Friday at 5:55 p.m. and the JV will travel to Hiram for their final game of the 2012 season.

Hiram is 3-2 in region play and 8-7 overall. The Tigers will need a strong outing to stay near the top of the region standings.

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The Hunter Becomes the Hunted

Posted by Andy Norton at Mar 26, 2012 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

A blog from the bleachers
In a beautiful spring evening in Dallas, GA, Bryan Campbell added two more home runs on his already spectacular senior season. Tank Barker, who has been ever so close on more than a few occasions, put one over the fence too. Chris Kirk let his defense play and kept the Patriots in check. Bill, Elgine and Isaac continued to keep the motor purring, grinding out hits and making solid plays. Josh Atwood came in to shut the door. In the end, it was a 12-1 victory.

After the first four region games, the Tigers have battled to become the lone unbeaten team in region play. This special group of seniors and their teammates has worked hard to get to this position. They know how hard it was to get here. Likewise, they know how easy it will be to fall.

Make no mistake; region 5-AAAA is much like SEC or Big 10 football. There are many quality teams, full of winning traditions and titles. On any given night, the mighty may fall. There are many innings left to play for the Tigers this season. Alexander, Chapel Hill, Sprayberry, Pope, and the three Paulding County powerhouses all lay ahead. I suspect, they aren’t too happy at the moment with another team driving the bus.

While the Tigers will surely face some tough teams, there is something special about the men wearing the blue and gold. Last year, they transformed from the team the lost games that they should have won, and became the team that won games they should have lost.
They had their first winning season in over six years. They beat the state ranked Kell Longhorns to open region play and they also beat the Coach William’s Landmark team. This year, they did it again with Kell and Landmark and are on six game winning streak.

This dedicated class of Tigers believes they can win not only every game, but every inning. Their never say die spirit is shared by those of us in the bleachers, lawn chairs, and even those who pace the fences cheering them on. They have worked hard to eliminate the errors by adopting Mac’s philosophy of saying “So what?” when the occasional ball gets booted. They shake it off and focus on the next pitch.

So until the 4p.m. practice on Tuesday, savor the moment gentlemen of the Tiger 9. Be proud that you are on top. But come 4p.m. get focused on East Paulding. Nothing would make their day more than to knock you off.

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Welcome Back Carter

Posted by Andy Norton at Mar 24, 2012 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
Isaac's Return Key in Tigers 7-6 Win over the Wildcats

 
 Carter strikes out his first batter.

A little over three weeks ago, senior Isaac Carter suffered an injury after fouling off a ball on his foot against St. Aquinas. The injury placed Ike in a protective boot, and confined him to the dugout until he was released to play on Thursday.

“The coach told me I might get to pitch one inning, and would get a shot at bat,” said Carter. As it turns out, the one and one-third inning and a monster hit were critical components of the Tiger victory.

The Tigers were down 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning, but could not get anything going and left Logan Tillem stranded to enter the final inning.

A hit batter, and two walks loaded the bases for Villa Rica. Another error and walk made it 5-3 with two outs.  Carter was called to the mound and struck out the batter for out three.

Needing two runs to tie the game, Connor Moroney recorded a double with one out. Senior Joe Barker drove Moroney in, but was thrown out at second after a fielder’s choice by Bryan Campbell. Porter walked allowing Tillem to tie it up 5-5 with a RBI hit and pushed the game to extra innings with momentum in the DC dugout. 

A hit and two errors loaded the bases for the Wildcats in the eighth inning, allowing a fielders choice ball to put the Wildcats ahead 6-5 for the Tigers next at bat.

Freshman Tyler Gaines walked, bringing up Carter who drove the second pitch 395 feet to center field for the RBI triple to again tie the game.

 

 The booted senior's three bag blast.

“Isaac comes off the self and swings through two bunt signs to tie it up,” said Coach Eric McAfee. “Normally, I would have gone crazy, but I guess I will take it tonight.”

“I didn’t read the sign the first time, so I swung hard” said Carter after the game. “I look over again, and we couldn’t get on the same page and finally  I heard him say ‘just hit the ball’, so that’s what I did.”

Arnold put the ball in play but the courtesy runner for Carter was shot down at the plate for out one. Moroney was then hit by a pitch. Barker dropped in his third hit of the night to load the bags. Bryan Campbell took off for first base on a dropped third strike that allowed Arnold to cross the dish for the winning run.

The Tigers are 3-0 in region 5-AAAA play and first in the standings at 8-5 overall. Trailing the Tigers is East Paulding who is also 3-0 (8-6 overall) and will pay a visit to DC Wednesday night. While the game has the makings of one of the first regional showdowns for DC in many years, the Tigers will need to make it past the Paulding County Patriots on Monday night in Dallas. 

 

 

Sophmore Tyler Arnold turns one of two
double plays Wednesday night.

The Tigers rolled of the bus at Osborne Wednesday night riding high from a 23-11 region opening win against the Kell Longhorns. The bats stayed hot and DCHS looked impressive early with senior pitcher Josh Atwood on the mound.

Tied 1-1 going into the second inning, Tyler Arnold started a four run rally with a single and a stolen bag. A Cardinal error kept things alive and Tank Barker drove in Arnold. Campbell and Porter recorded back-to-back doubles to make it 5-1 as Atwood held home team’s bats at bay.

The Tigers went 1-2-3 in third but the Cards loaded the bases with no outs. A fielder’s choice and 6-4-3 double play by the defense held them to a single run, making it 5-2 going to the fourth.

Arnold got the offense going again with a single to start but was picked off at first. Tank Barker kept things alive with a huge left-field double and scored on a Campbell hit. Atwood retired the side to make it 6-2.

Chris Kirk got a hit and a stolen base when Logan Tillem drove one to left field putting runners on the corners. Gaines then drove one deep that was misplayed by the Cardinal defense allowing two more Tiger runs to score. Again it was Arnold with another hit and RBI to make it 9-2. Atwood kept control as his defense rolled its second double play of the night.

The Tigers went 1-2-3 again in the sixth but the Cards loaded the bases with one out when a pitching change was made. Tiger errors and fielder’s choice made it 9-6 going to the final inning.

Freshman Tyler Gaines blistered one to the wall for a double, and Bill Shepherd went deep for a RBI double. Arnold then went 3-3 on the night with an RBI to make it 11-6 for the Cards last at bat.

Multiple errors in the seventh kept the scrappy Osborne team alive as three runs scored. With a runner on, the potential tie runner hit the ball back to the mound for an easy throw to first for the DC win.

The Tigers go 2-0 in region play with the victory, and will get ready to host the 10-1 Villa Rica Wildcats on Friday night. Let’s hope the rain holds off as Tigers look to remain one of only three unbeaten in early region 5-AAAA play.