The Cedartown Bulldogs wasted no time in jumping on their season opening opponent Chattooga on Tuesday, and then their pitching took it from there as Cedartown won 6-1 at home.
"You are always nervous that first game as a coach," head coach Shane Williams said. "But our kids played well. I was very impressed with my pitching."
Cedartown (1-0) scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning on two hits, three walks and a hit batter. After that, the Bulldogs pitching took over, not allowing the Indians (0-2) to get another hit the rest of the game.
Chattooga had scored in the top of the first inning to take a brief lead. But in the bottom of the first frame, Blake Oxenreider doubled and Kory Lindsey and Jimmy Hand drew back-to-back walks. Caleb Ely then hit into a fielder's choice.
With the bases loaded, Cody Mesta would get hit by a pitch to score a run and tie the game. Daylon Gates followed by hitting into a fielder's choice to score another run. Grant Tidwell later drew a bases loaded walk to plate another run and then Gates scored the fourth run on a balk call.
Cedartown added an insurance run in the fourth inning when Oxenreider scored on an errant throw and then another run in the sixth when Oxenreider stole third base and scored on the errant throw.
Lindsey started the game on the mound for the Bulldogs and pitched four innings, allowing the one hit. Austin Huddleston pitched the next two innings, before Kim Carr closed the door in the seventh.
"Kory didn't start as sharp as we wanted, but he settled in and pitched well," Williams said. "Austin did a good job of throwing strikes. And Kim, what can I say. He came in and shut the door."
Offensively, Blake Oxenreider led Cedartown by going 2-for-4 with a double, a single, and he reached base on an error and scored two runs. Brandon Cheatwood went 2-for-3 and Caleb Ely finished 1-for-2 with a walk.
"Oxenreider hit well and scored a couple runs for us," Williams said. "As a team, I thought we hit the ball well at the beginning of the game."
Quinten Yoder had Chattooga's lone hit, a first inning infield single.
"Our kids enjoyed it," Williams said of the season opening victory.
The Bulldogs are slated to play their Polk County rivals Rockmart on Friday.