By Kelsie Hoitomt
The Bulldogs baseball team was down and out in five innings against St. Croix Central last Friday, May 9 in the 17-4 loss. They were back to defend their diamond on Monday night against Elk Mound and that ended in a loss of 11-1.
Due to storms on Sunday evening, fields were washed out and the originally scheduled away game turned into a game at home on Monday, but the Bulldogs were the away team.
The Bulldogs’ loss to the Panthers last Friday was handed to them in one lone inning. The Bulldogs were down just three points (7-4) after the fourth inning, but ten unanswered runs in the fifth sealed the deal.
Alec Lamberty started off the top of fifth inning with solo home run against Jordan Kuhn who was pitching for the Bulldogs.
Lamberty scored followed by nine other Panther players, which closed out the game with the score at 17-4.
Eight errors were counted on the Bulldogs’ defense in fifth inning as the ten runs were scored on six hits.
The Bulldogs scoring their four runs were James Palmer, Hunter Anderson and Nick Wathke in the first inning and Anderson scored again in the third.
Palmer reached first on a Panther error and then he advanced to second after Anderson singled to first. Wathke then took to the plate and singled as well.
Brett Boda hit a fly ball, but Palmer scored and Anderson was able to sit on third. Anderson scored after Kuhn hit a grounder to second base and Wathke followed shortly after on a fielding error.
Then in the third, Anderson hit second base on a sacrifice bunt by Wathke. Boda put the ball in left-center, which put Anderson a base further. He then scored after Kuhn grounded out.
Mounders Win Again
The Elk Mound Mounders beat the Bulldogs for the second time this season in the six inning 11-1 final.
“We played a much better baseball game and the game itself was much closer than the final 11-1 score,” explained coach Engel. “Our young team made a couple of key mistakes and gave Elk Mound some runs early, but then tightened up and played solid defense.”
The Bulldogs’ defense allowed the Mounders to score two runs in the second inning, another two in the fourth, four in the fifth and then a final three in the bottom of the sixth before the game ended.
The Bulldogs stopped themselves from being shut out by their one run scored in the sixth inning, which came from Wathke.
Nick cracked the ball out to center field for a double. Boda then singled to left-center to put Wathke on third and then Engel’s up to bat put him across home plate.
“We left a lot of runners in scoring positions and couldn’t get that key hit at the right time,” said coach Engel. “I was very pleased how our boys bounced back after playing a rough game against Central and we look forward to traveling to Spring Valley to take on the conference-leading Cardinals.”
The Bulldogs will play in Spring Valley Thursday (May 15) and then they will host Elmwood on Friday with both contests scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m. They are also scheduled to play Central for a second time on Monday (May 19) at their field.