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Chiefs punch postseason ticket with sweep of Dutchtown

Daniel Blair was part of an offensive explosion, crushing a grand slam in a game two romp. (Staff Photo by Christopher Dunn)

McIntosh kept their red-hot run rolling, earning a spot in the postseason with a doubleheader sweep of Dutchtown Tuesday night. The Chiefs took the opener 8-1 and exploded for 11 runs in the sixth inning of a 15-3 clincher.
“I’m very pleased with the team,” said McIntosh coach David Munoz. “As a coach, you want to find the right formula to get the team hot at playoff time, and I believe we have found something.”
For McIntosh, the wins are the continuation of the hot streak that has them winners of 10 straight games and locks up a return to the playoffs.
“The real challenge will be keeping the team mentally focused for a week and a half before we play another game. I believe the team has the leadership and chemistry to get it done,” said Munoz. “All year, they have had confidence because we have been in every game this year. We know how to compete to the end. We are going into state with something to prove, so I’m excited to see the team compete against the best in the state.”
As explosive as the McIntosh offense was with 23 runs in two games, the pitching was also dynamic, limiting the Bulldogs to just four hits in the two games. In game one, it was Daniel Blair hurling a gem. He went six innings, striking out seven and allowing just one run and two hits. Chase Walter was just as dominating in game two, pitching five innings, striking out 10 and allowing just one run and one hit.
Dutchtown struck first in game one, plating DeJuan Van Dyke on a Justin Brooks sacrifice in the top of the second.
McIntosh tied it in the bottom half on a Zach Sanders RBI single and took the lead in the third on a Van Neeley RBI knock.
The Chiefs broke the game open in the fourth, Drew Plant singling home Jacob Cole and Christophe Senghor. Jack Hartman followed up with a RBI double to plate Blair and Plant for a 6-1 lead.
Walter padded the lead in the fifth, launching his first home run of the day with a solo shot. Plant finished the scoring with a RBI single in the bottom of the sixth.
The second game followed the same pattern, Dutchtown scoring first before the Chief bats came to life.
The Bulldogs scored the opening tally on a passed ball as Jaylin McMichael raced home from third after drawing a walk to start the inning.
McIntosh tied the score in the top half of the third, Plant singling home Blair. In the fifth, they surged for three runs, Hartman doubling in courtesy runner Andrew Pinckney and Walter going deep for his second home run of the day, this time a two-run bomb for a 4-1 lead.
The top of the sixth blew the game wide open as the Chiefs scored 11 runs in the frame. It started with a big blast as Daniel Blair crushed a grand slam. Walter came next, smoking a two-run double, then it was Cole singling home Mike Eberle and Neeley. Senghor plated one more on a single to make it 13-1. Pinch hitters Tyler Biltimier and Mitch Maxwell made their at bats count, each singling home a run for a 15-1 lead.
Dutchtown tried to respond in the bottom half to stave off the run rule, but the damage was already done. Van Dyke smashed a two-run home run before the Chiefs recovered to record the final out.

By Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.