Dogs shut out Putnam
By Greg Sullivan
All of the Putnam War Eagles starting lineup had one thing in common Thursday in Madison. They all fell victim to a Caleb Duvall strikeout in their first at bat in Morgan County's 11-0 win.
Coming up just short on a no-hitter, Duvall said he felt good about the way he pitched in the game.
When asked whether or not he would take such a performance, one which he called his best of the year, again, "Definitely," he said.
After striking out the first nine batters he faced Duvall finally gave up a putout and then a base hit in the fourth inning. Duvall finished out the game with a complete game, five inning shut out, allowing only one hit and racking up 12 strike outs.
"Caleb's performance was outstanding," said Diamond Dogs Head Coach Brandon Patch. "He had great command of all three pitches and he was aggressive in going after Putnam's offense."
As impressive as Duvall was on the mound in the win, the Dogs were equally impressive at the plate.
J.D. Hawkins went 3-4 with three RBI, three runs scored and two doubles. Tyler Ward had a homer, 2 RBI, going two for three. Clay Duvall went 3-3 with two RBI, Bobby Patrick went 2-3 with an RBI.
"It was also nice to see our kids making adjustments at the plate," Patch said. "We were patient and it paid off."
Monday night the Dogs were able to build off the momentum of the Putnam win to beat Greene 12-10 Monday night.
Hawkins, Clay Duvall and Bobby Patrick each had two hits in the win. Also getting hits for the Dogs were Tyler Ward and Parker Cline.
The Dogs came into the game with Putnam on Thursday with a loss last Tuesday, 6-2.
Clay Duvall got the start for the Dogs giving up just two earned runs in four and two-thirds innings, racking up four strike outs. Caleb Duvall came in two finish up the game, pitching one and one-third innings with no hits.
"Clay did a nice job of managing the game, scattering five hits," Patch said. "We were hurt by one bad inning defensively and we were unable to generate offense. You have to tip your hat to Oglethorpe. They did a nice job of keeping us off-balance at the plate."
The team will look to build on momentum from victories over Putnam and Greene as they host Washington-Wilkes on Wednesday and travel to North Oconee on Friday.