The Cedartown High School Bulldogs baseball team had different plans than what happened to them over the last two weeks.
Cedartown (14-10) entered the last week of the regular season in first place in Region 7-AAAA, sub-region ‘A’. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs were swept in a three-game series against Cass and fell all the way to third in the sub-region.
That forced the Bulldogs to travel north on Thursday and tangle with the Heritage-Catoosa Generals (15-10) in a doubleheader for the chance to earn a Class AAAA state playoff berth.
However, the Generals would sweep the Bulldogs 4-3 and 5-1 to end Cedartown’s season earlier than expected.
“Our bats have been quiet through the last five games,” head coach Shane Williams said. “We just seem to have ran out of gas.”
Williams did mention how one of Cedartown’s seniors was missing from the doubleheader against Heritage-Catoosa.
“Jimmy Hand (committed to Northeastern University) is one of our big guns and he has been absent competing in the DECA program at the national level in California,” Williams noted.
Despite that, Williams was quick to give praise to the Generals ball club.
“Heritage-Catoosa has an excellent baseball program that is a perennial contender in the region and they did a better job than we did,” Williams said.
In game one, Cedartown and Heritage-Catoosa were tied 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh when Austin Morris hit a bases loaded single to give the Generals a 4-3 win. In game two, the Generals built an early lead – scoring two runs in the first inning – and cruised to the win from there.
“We wish all of our region representatives the best of luck in the state tournament,” Williams said.
Cedartown, which only loses three players to graduation, will waste no time in preparing for next season.
“We expect to continue to work hard in the offseason and make another run at the state tournament next year,” Williams concluded.