As far as the New Franklin baseball team was concerned, they had already won Saturday in the Madison Baseball Tournament.
After knocking off the Cairo Bearcats 1-0 in nine innings in the opening round, the Bulldogs felt like they had already achieved one of their goals. However the next step in the championship game against Sturgeon was just too much to overcome for the Bulldogs in a 10-1 setback.
In the game against Cairo, head coach Erich Gerding said it was a well pitched and defensive game by both teams. "Tyler Hull gave us a great effort on the mound," Gerding said. "Matt Anderton's diving catch in center in the bottom of the sixth and Tyler White's lead off double in the ninth were huge for us."
As it turned out, the Bulldogs took advantage of White's double in the ninth to score the game's only run.
As for Hull, the junior hurler pitched all nine innings and struck out eight batters while giving up two hits and two walks.
Jacob Woodbury went 2-for-4 in the game for New Franklin with two singles. Tyler White was 1-for-4 with a double while Alex Holem added a single and one RBI and Tyler Hull with one single.
As for the championship game, New Franklin again got off to a good start by pushing across one run in the bottom-half of the second. However it was all Sturgeon after that with three runs in each of the third and fifth innings of play and four again in the sixth for the victory.
Gerding said the team did a lot of good things in the tournament. "We cannot walk seven guys, commit six errors and have only three singles and expect to win," Gerding said of the Sturgeon game.
Spencer Kelly picked up the win on the mound for Sturgeon while Tanner White took the loss for New Franklin, who closed out the fall season at 6-5 overall.
Kelly pitched all six innings and struck out five batters while giving up one run on three hits and three walks.
White, meanwhile, pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up six runs, none earned, on four hits and four walks while striking out seven. Evan Storjohann then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed four runs on three hits and three walks. Then, to finish the game, Zach Evans pitched 2/3 inning and struck out one batter.
Brady Sandker went 2-for-2 in the game for Sturgeon with a single, double and one RBI. Ryan Seidel also doubled and drove in a run.
For New Franklin, Tyler White, Jacob Woodbury and Alex Holem each singled while Dylan Johnson finished the game with one RBI.