Diamond Dogs see share of close ones
By Greg Sullivan
The Diamond Dogs bounced back from an opening loss to Aquinas to beat Apalachee 13-11 last Thursday, only to fall in an 11-10 nail-biter Saturday to Clarke Central in their home opener.
The Gladiators brought their disciplined hitting into town and were able to go tit for tat with the Dogs' own mighty bats.
"When we made a mistake pitching they jumped on it," said Jerry McCollough, a pitching coach for the Dogs.
The game was close throughout, but Clarke Central wound up coming up on top.
Last Thursday, it was the Dogs that came out on top in a high-scoring affair, with their 13-11 win at Apalachee.
Down 11-9 going into the seventh inning, the Dogs answered the call with four runs to go ahead by the final margin.
"We hit the ball real well in that game," McCollough said.
Olin Watkins picked up the win for the Dogs.
In the season opener at Aquinas last Tuesday the Dogs weren't able to get as many runs, falling by a count of 7-4.
Kyle Burden got the start in that one, but a line drive up the middle struck his knee, causing him to leave the game early. Parker Cline came in to finish up the game for the Dogs.
The Dogs play Aquinas at home Wednesday, where they'll be looking for revenge. The game is set to start at 5:30 p.m. Friday, they'll travel to Monroe Area for a double header.