Darlington’s baseball team displayed its resiliency and senior Nick Mauer displayed his timeliness on Wednesday.
The Tigers fought off Cedartown for seven innings at home before Mauer punched in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth with a walk-off home run to give Darlington a 6-5 victory.
Going up against the Class 4A squad, the Tigers started out with a 2-0 lead after the first before Cedartown evened the score in the top of the third. Darlington pushed across three in the bottom of the inning to take a 5-2 lead.
Cedartown then scored twice in the sixth and once in the seventh to tie the game at 5-5, which is where the score stood at the end of seven innings.
Mauer went 2 for 2 with three RBIs for the Tigers, while Cam Watson went 2 for 4. Jack Druckenmiller went 1 for 1 with an RBI. Cedartown’s Griffin Elder had two hits and three RBIs.
Nolan Wilson (1-1) picked up the win for Darlington, pitching the final two innings and allowing only one hit and one run. The Tigers’ Austin Cloud threw two innings of one-hit ball while giving up no runs and striking out one.
Darlington (3-6) continues its non-region schedule today with a 5:30 p.m. contest at Bremen. Cedartown is at Haralson County on Friday.
In other action:
Model boys 5, Chattooga 0
The Blue Devils’ early-season success continued Wednesday as the Model boys’ tennis team lost just one game combined in a dominant performance against Chattooga.
Singles players Parker Stone, Kyle Hale and Eli Abdou, as well as the No. 2 doubles team of Chase Geier and Barton Sapota, each won their matches 6-0, 6-0.
Justin Roberts and Micah Veillon defeated their opponents at No. 2 doubles 6-1, 6-0 to round out the 5-0 victory. Model (5-0) travels to Gordon Central today for a 4:30 p.m. start.