The Dodge County Middle School (DCMS) Warriors ran their record to four and zero with a pair of home wins last week. On Monday, Dodge defeated Vidalia five to four in their first region game of the season. On Friday, Dodge once again defeated Vidalia six to two. This second game didn’t count toward the region standings. Wet field conditions prevented Thursday’s region game at Swainsboro. The seventh grade Warriors defeated Vidalia seven to five on Friday night in their first game of the season.
The Dodge defense made a big play early in Monday’s game. First baseman, Chip Burch, made a great play going to his right that prevented a double and a run and the Warriors came to bat in a scoreless game. Dodge grabbed the early lead. Tyler Pruitt singled to lead off and he stole second and scored on an error for a one to zero Dodge lead.
Dodge added to their lead in the second. Ethan Rice got a leadoff walk and he would score on a double from Nick Cummings for a two to zero Dodge lead. Dodge had a rough third inning as Vidalia scored four runs to take a four to two lead. The Warriors would come right back in the bottom of the inning. Burch singled to left-center and he would be followed with walks by D.J. Bursch and Gabe Wahl to load the bases. Pruitt got the big two out hit scoring Burch and Bursch to tie the game at four to four.
Pruitt came in to pitch in the third and slowed down the Vidalia offense as he struck out the side in the fifth and two in the sixth. Dodge reclaimed the lead in their half of the fourth. Chandler Davis singled and Cade Cranford walked. Burch drove in Davis to gain the lead at five to four.
The lead stayed at five to four going into the seventh. The Dodge defense made another big play to wrap this one up. With the tying run at first and two outs, Tyler Ruffin made a diving catch in right-center field for the final out and gave Dodge a big five to four win.
The Warriors once again got off to a quick start on Friday. Pruitt tripled to right-center on the first pitch to get things started. Wahl singled him home for a one to zero Dodge lead. Cummings followed up with a walk and a stolen base to put runners on second and third. Davis hit a sacrifice fly that scored Wahl for a two to zero lead. Cranford singled home Cummings for a three to zero Dodge lead. Davis got the call on the mound and he was great as he struck out five in his two innings on the mound.
Dodge added to the lead in the third. Pruitt singled and stole second. Cummings singled him home for a four to zero Dodge lead. Vidalia got on the board with a pair of runs in the fourth for a four to two game. Dodge would get one of those back in the bottom of the fourth as Cranford was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Ty Smith drove him in for a five to two Dodge lead. Burch pitched shutout innings in the fifth and sixth for the Warriors.
Dodge added to their lead in the sixth. Cranford doubled to very deep left center to lead off the inning. He would score on a wild pitch for a six to two lead going to the seventh. Vidalia would try to rally in the seventh, but Gary Pittman would work out of a bases loaded one out jam and Dodge would take a six to two win.
The seventh grade Warriors got a come from behind seven to five win over Vidalia. They scored four runs in the fifth for the win. Bursch went one for two with three runs scored. Lance Rogers drove in the go ahead run in the fifth. Aiden Greer had a pair of walks and scored a run.
Brodie Woodard had a single and a run scored. Broderick Gaston had a single run scored and a run batted in (RBI). Kaden Burse was the winning pitcher. He picked off a pair of runners off first in the win.