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Lack of defense causes problems for Tigers
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
March 27, 2013 10:34 AM | 1061 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Adairsville pitcher Dalton Whitten warms up his pitching arm during practices on Wednesday afternoon.
Adairsville pitcher Dalton Whitten warms up his pitching arm during practices on Wednesday afternoon.
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After opening the season with a four-game win streak, the Adairsville baseball team found itself in a six-game losing streak after the defense became inconsistent.

“We started out pitching and playing defense really well, then for about a week and a half, two weeks, we’ve been struggling on defense,” said head coach Eric Bishop.

Bishop said his team continued to have consistent pitching performances as he has gotten a “decent job” out of all of his pitchers — senior Dylan Cochran, junior Cody Melton, junior Hunter Smith, junior Tristan Smith and senior Dalton Whitten.

Bishop also named junior Nathan Medlock as a “pleasant surprise” when it comes to defense and hitting.

The three leading hitters on the squad this year are Cochran with a .345 batting average, senior catcher Zach Sherwood at .308 and Tristan Smith at .382.

“They’re responsible for driving in runs,” said Bishop.

The Tigers were able to get things back in order in time for their first region game of the season as they defeated North Murray, 10-3, on March 19.

Following that victory, the team played Cartersville on March 21.

“It’s the first time we’ve played them in about 10 years, maybe more, so we don’t know a lot about each other from a coaching standpoint,” Bishop said.

With this being the first of two games against Cartersville, Bishop said the teams will be “feeling each other out,” but hopefully they can “gain some confidence and keep it close and win in the late innings.”

The Tigers fell 14-4 against the ’Canes, and they met again on Tuesday on Adairsville’s field.

“We played pretty well, just have to give Cartersville credit. They hit the ball well. We only had one error and did not pitch that bad — they hit the ball,” said Bishop.

As the team attempts to recover from its negative streak, Bishop said it is looking to make it back to the state playoffs. The Tigers didn’t make it last season after advancing to the playoffs in six of the previous seven years.

While six games is a lot, none of them were region games and along with that, Bishop said his team has the ability to play unselfishly and work hard for the win.

“This team reminds me of our 2011 region championship team. They’re willing to do any and everything. They’re easily in my top three groups I’ve ever coached,” he said.
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