Junior Cadets claim middle school baseball championship

By Special to the Prep Sports Report | May 24, 2023

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The Junior Cadets, a team composed of students from Savannah's Catholic middle schools, defeated Savannah Christian, 3-2, in the SPAL championship game to earn a second straight middle school championship.

The Junior Cadets finished the regular season with an 8-1 record behind a deep pitching staff featuring Blessed Sacrament 8th graders James Mobley and Ben Kleinpeter. Of the 10 players on the roster, six were on the 2022 middle school championship team - Dawson Cox, Jackson Clarke, Turner Walker, Dade Dotson, Ridge Reddick and Mobley .

In the championship game, Dotson's walk-off single propelled the Junior Cadets to a dramatic victory over the Red Raiders. With the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Dotson singled on the first pitch he saw to plate the winning run.

Mobley pitched seven innings against Savannah Christian, allowing two runs on six hits and striking out 13 batters. The Junior Cadets got on the board in the first inning when Blessed Sacrament 7th grader Clarke singled to score a run. Clarke and Dotson collected multiple hits for Junior Cadets, and  Clarke was 3-for-3 at the plate. 

2023 Junior Cadets Roster

James Mobley  (Blessed Sacrament School)

Dawson Cox      (Blessed Sacrament School)

Ben Kleinpeter  (Blessed Sacrament School)

Jackson Clarke    (Blessed Sacrament School)

Turner Walker    (Blessed Sacrament School)

Dade Dotson      (St. James School)

Ridge Reddick    (St. Peter the Apostle School)

Hadden Dart       (Blessed Sacrament School)

Liam Dolan         (Blessed Sacrament School)

Miller Cetti          (St. Peter the Apostle School)


Dylan Cox

Michael Kleinpeter

David Reddick


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