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Dunwoody Wildcats fall in early season tournament

Baseball team has high expectations for season; drops first two to ranked teams

The Dunwoody High School baseball team, which enters the season with high expectations, failed to get a win this weekend in their first two games of the season.

The first of two games in the Dugout Tournament put Dunwoody against the Milton Eagles, a team ranked in the Top 10 in the state’s AAAAA-class.

The Dunwoody Wildcats started off strong Friday evening at Milton. In the top of the first inning, with two outs and three men on base, Jerric Johnson hit a grounder past the infield to score Stelen Stulberger. Harry Andros was thrown out at home plate to end the inning.

It would be the Wildcats only run.

The game turned into a pitcher’s duel, with the only other runs scored in the bottom of the fifth inning. Dunwoody pitcher Ryan Gaines entered in the 5th inning. He struck out two of the first four batters, but also walked two. Milton’s Sean Brophy hit a double to deep-right center, bringing in two runs. Brophy later scored a run.

The Wildcats lost 3-1.

On Saturday, Dunwoody faced Pope, the number 2 ranked team in class AAAA.

The game featured sharp pitching by Dunwoody starter James Cunnigham, but the Wildcats only registered three hits in the game.

With a big 4th inning, Pope scored three runs via a sacrifice fly and a base-clearing single.  Pope scores its final run in the 5th inning, to win 4-1.

Dunwoody will continue its tough early season schedule with Northview, a AAAAA-class team on Wednesday. They face rival Blessed Trinity on Friday, and AAAAA-class Cherokee on Saturday.

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