They decided to finish things on their own.
The Dexter baseball team entered this week’s three game series with rival Chelsea needing two wins to clinch the SEC White title and they did just that Monday, sweeping a doubleheader from the Bulldogs 6-3 and 10-3.
The Dreadnaughts entered the games with a two game lead in the standings and needed two win or a Tecumseh loss to Adrian in their three game set. Tecumseh swept Adrian Monday in a doubleheader, but the Dreads finished it on their own.
Dexter took a 2-0 lead in the opener with the help of the Chelsea defense.
Stewie Weber tripled to lead off the second and scored on a passed ball. Michael Bradshaw reached first on a dropped third strike and then a wild throw on a pickoff attempt allowed him to move to third base. Chase Rojeck walked and stole second and on the steal of second Matt Sinelli, who was running for Bradshaw scored.
Chelsea threatened in the third, loading the bases with one out, but a line drive double play ended the threat.
The lead grew to 4-0 in the 4th with a RBI double by Tommy McWilliams and RBI single by Cam Milne.
The Bulldogs got back into it in the 5th when Cal Barrett tripled in a pair of runs to cut the lead to 4-2. Dexter got one back in the 5th on a RBI single by Rojeck for a 5-2 lead. Weber made it 6-2 with an RBI single in the 6th. Chelsea picked up a run in the seventh, but it wasn’t enough as Dexter held on for the 6-3 win.
Dexter outhit Chelsea 7-6, but four Bulldogs errors hurt them.
Weber led the Dexter offense with two hits, a RBI, and a run scored. Milne, Rojeck, and McWilliams each had a hit and RBI, while Seth Jaimez had a hit and run scored.
Micah Berlage struck out nine and allowed five hits for the win. He struggled with control a bit, walking five. Rojeck came in to get the final three outs for the save.
Cal Barrett led the Chelsea offense with two hits and two RBI. Jacob Rhodes added two hits and a run scored, while Thomas Steele had a hit and two runs scored. Collin Steinhauer had the Bulldogs other hit.
Drew Anstead took the loss on the mound striking out four and allowing four runs, but only one was earned. Nyck Udell pitched the final two innings, striking out three and allowing four hits.
A five run second inning helped Dexter take control early in the second game.
A Weber sac fly had given Dexter a 1-0 lead in the 1st, and added on in the second. After the first two batters reached on a walk and hbp, Ryan Flattery sent one over the left field fence for a three run homer for a 4-0 Dexter lead. Joey Hiser then tripled and scored on a squeeze but by Jaimez. The Dreadnaught would add one more run in the second on a Bulldog error to make it 6-0 after two.
A Rhodes RBI single helped Chelsea cut the lead to 6-1 in the third, and a two run single by Cal Barrett cut the lead to 6-3 in the fourth.
Dexter answered with three in the 4th on a RBI single by Weber and a RBI groundout by Bradshaw. To make it 9-3. The last run scored in the 5th on a sac fly by Jaimez giving the Dreads a 10-3 lead and six out away from the SEC White crown.
Chelsea would not threaten the rest of the way as the Dreadnaughts finished the 10-3 win.
Flattery led the Dexter offense with two hits, three RBI, and two runs scored. Weber and Jaimez each had a hit and two RBI. Brenden Ritter Hiser, and Sinelli each had a hit and run scored.
Jaimez got the win on the mound, striking out four and allowing six hits in five innings. McWilliams pitched the final two, striking out two and allowing one hit.
Barrett had a big game for the Bulldogs with three hits, two RBI, and a run scored. Steele added two hits, Rhodes a hit and RBI, and Steinhauer a hit and run scored.
Matt Kimball took the loss, striking out two and allowing six hits in four innings.
The teams will meet for a single game Wednesday in Chelsea.