Dalton is done.
Third-ranked Marist defeated Dalton, 10-3, Saturday in the Class 4A state baseball playoffs, ending the Catamounts’ season.
“They put it on us,” Dalton coach Teddy Craig said. “They scored three runs in the second, three in the third, two in the fourth and two in the fifth. We just couldn’t get them out.”
Marist (22-6), which beat the Cats 9-2 in the opener of the best-of-three series on Friday, advanced to the second round against the Loganville-Sequoyah winner.
Dalton finishes the season at 16-12.
“We’re happy to make the state playoffs,” Craig said, “but any time you lose it leaves a sour taste in your mouth. I hope the younger guys learn from this experience and let it be a stepping stone to brighter things in the future.”
Playing at home, Marist’s Chris Gutschenritter limited the Cats to four hits by four different players.
Jordan Dean, the Cats’ starting pitcher, doubled, scored once and drove in a run. Carter Crutchfield and Garren Palmer each singled and scored. Jon Michael Padgett had the other hit.
“They’re a solid club,” Craig said of the War Eagles, who have won 21 of their last 24 games and went through their region schedule with a 15-0 record.
“Their pitchers throw strikes and we didn’t hit the ball real well. We didn’t help our pitchers out a whole lot by committing three errors.”
Marist leadoff batter Will Darby led the War Eagles with three hits and Kevin Elgin highlighted a three-run third inning with a two-run homer.
Dean (2-5) pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up eight hits and seven runs, five earned, and took the loss.
Jairo Lara worked the next 2 2/3 innings, allowing three hits and three earned runs. Mackie Sheets worked the seventh and gave up two hits.
Dalton is done.