14 year old Bartow Dizzy Dean team continues quest for state title
The Bartow County 14 year old Dizzy Dean team finds itself only three wins away from the 2015 state championship, but must get there without another blemish after falling to Whitfield County Monday night, 6-2. Bartow, now 3-1 in the tournament, had previous wins over Hunter Park, Fannin County, and Summerville before the loss.
Bartow managed only one hit against some strong Whitfield County pitching. Bryson Markley had a hit and scored both Bartow runs in the loss. Parker Hardin pitched the first four innings for Bartow. He struck out four and allowed a pair of runs. Toby Queen worked the final three frames on the mound. He struck out two. In a 2-0 victory over Summerville earlier in the day, Bartow took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on a single by Cody Parramore that drove in Queen.
Bartow County added their second run in the sixth frame when Connor Gallagher singled home Markley who had doubled earlier in the inning.
Markley picked up the pitching victory with four innings on the mound. He struck out six.
Gallagher pitched the final three innings for Bartow to earn a save. He recorded a pair of strikeouts.
The 14 year old Bartow County Dizzy Dean all-stars return to action Wednesday (July 8). They will play the survivor of four teams playing Tuesday night. Summerville and Towns County play at 5:30 at Hobgood Park in Woodstock. Tallapoosa faces Lee County at the same time at Legion Field in Canton. The winners play again at 8pm Tuesday at Hobgood Park. That four-team survivor in the losers’ bracket meets Bartow Wednesday at 5:30pm in an elimination game. That winner faces unbeaten Whitfield County at 8pm. Whitfield can win the state title with one more win. The losers’ bracket survivor needs to defeated Whitfield twice to take the championship. An “if needed game” would be Thursday (July 9) at 5:30pm at Hobgood Park.