For the first time in two years, the Dunwoody High School baseball team has won three games in a row to start the season, earning road wins this week against the Fayette County Tigers and the Carrollton Trojans. Behind dominating pitching, hot bats, and error-free defense, the Dunwoody baseball team is poised to make a deep run in the state playoffs.
Despite freezing temperatures, Dunwoody traveled to Fayette County on Friday night, dominating the Tigers 9-3. The Wildcats offensive assault began in the first inning, as junior Will Hudgins connected on his second homerun of the season giving the team an early one run lead. Starting pitcher Logan Elliot led the team to their second win of the season tossing five innings of scoreless baseball, tallying five strikeouts, and exploding offensively with a three-run homerun in the second inning giving the Dunwoody Wildcats a four run advantage. Seniors’ Charlie Madden, Devin Borg and Josh Shailer all contributed with RBI hits, as the Wildcat’s cruised to a 9-3 road victory.
“It was a great team win, and everything was working in our favor. All of my pitches were moving the way I wanted, and I was able to locate them.” said Elliot. “The key to the game was our offense. Everyone hit well, from the top of our lineup to the bottom. With the offensive run support it made my job on the mound a lot easier.”
On Saturday afternoon the Wildcats took on the Carrollton Trojans in what was predicted to be one of the toughest games of the season. The Wildcats battled through below freezing temperatures and spitting snow throughout the game, earning a close 1-0 victory. Singles and stolen bases from Charlie Madden and Devin Borg scratched across the only Dunwoody run in the second inning, proving to be the only scoring of the game. Behind a defense that played error-free, starting pitcher Ryan Gaines battled through difficult weather conditions, putting together a dazzling pitching performance, shutting down the potent Trojan line-up, throwing a complete game shutout for his second win of the season.
“Ryan’s performance was one of the best I’ve seen in a long time. He threw a complete game in only 69 pitches.” said Coach Chan English. “Everyone on this team has worked together and contributed in any way they are needed. In order for us to continue to be successful everyone will have to keep this team first attitude.”
The Wildcats will look to carry their momentum into the upcoming week with three tough games, at South Forsyth, home against Chattahoochee, and Redan at Tucker, in the best of DeKalb tournament.