The Dodge County Middle School Warriors remained undefeated on their baseball season with four region wins. Dodge recorded a nine to zero home win over Bleckley County and a 15 to three win over Dublin. The Warriors recorded a pair of road wins as well with an eight to three win over Toombs County and a ten to one win over East Laurens. Dodge will begin post-season play this Thursday at home with a 4:00 p.m. game. It is not known who they will play at this time. The championship game is scheduled for this Saturday.
The Warriors got on the board early against Bleckley County. Chandler Davis got a two out triple to deep left. He would score on an error for a one to zero Dodge lead. Chip Burch drove in Cade Cranford with a single for a two to zero lead after the first. Tyler Pruett for the start on the mound for the Warriors. He got out of a pair of jams in the early going. A double play ended the first where he allowed two hits in the inning. They were the only hits of the game he gave up. He worked around a walk and error in the second. A pick-off was the key to ending the inning.
The game remained two to zero going to the bottom of the fifth. Ethan Rice reached on an error and would score on a hit by Pruett for a three to zero game. Nick Cummings and Burch added runs batted in (RBIs) hits to put Dodge in control with a five to zero lead. Dodge added to the lead in the sixth. Tyler Ruffin singled and Gabe Wahl walked to lead off the inning. Pruett tripled to left that scored both runners for a seven to zero game. Cummings drove in Pruett for a eight to zero lead. The Warriors took a nine to zero lead to the seventh. Pruett had no issues in the seventh as the completed his complete game two hit shutout with 10 strikeouts.
Dodge welcomed Dublin to town on Thursday. The Warriors got off to a rough start as they trailed three to one after the first. Dodge got things going in the second. Wahl walked and D.J. Bursch was hit by a pitch. A Pruett single made it a three to two game. Walks to Cummings and Davis tied the game at three all. Burch hit a double to left-center to give Dodge a six to three game. Rice tripled to deep left-center that scored Burch for a seven to three lead. Rice would score to cap off a seven run second and a eight to three lead. Cummings shook off a rough start and kept the Irish off the scoreboard. Dodge added a pair of runs in the third. Cummings doubled to left that scored Pruett for a nine to three lead. A sacrifice fly by Davis scored Cummings for a 10 to three lead. Dodge wrapped things up in the fourth as Pruett drove in a pair of runs and Davis drove in a run a Dodge rolled to a 15 to three win. Cummings got the win for Dodge and Cranford closed out the game.
The Warriors traveled to Toombs County for a region matchup. The Warriors struggled to start out as they trailed three to one after the first. DCMS rallied in the second for five runs and Dodge took a eight to three win. Pruett went two for four with three runs scored.
Dodge headed to East Laurens for a region game. The Warriors had no problems as they coasted to a 10 to one win. Cranford and Bursch went one for three with a pair of runs scored a piece. Burch went two for four with a run scored. Pruett had a big day at the plate with three hits that included a double and a homer with three runs scored.