The Sturgeon Bulldogs once again proved to be a thorn in the side of the New Franklin Lady Bulldogs softball and baseball teams last night in CAC action at Sturgeon.
While playing in a rain-suspended game from September 13, the Lady Bulldogs went into last night's game trailing 17-7 after two. Unfortunately for New Franklin, it didn't get any better in the third and fourth innings of play as Sturgeon exploded for a total of five runs en route to a 22-7 victory.
As for the New Franklin baseball team, they had a little closer game while losing to Sturgeon 4-3.
The Lady Bulldogs, dropping to 14-8 overall and 4-2 in the CAC, actually led 6-4 after the first inning and 7-4 after 1 1/2 before giving up 13 runs in the bottom-half of the second and five again in the fourth to suffer the loss.
New Franklin coach Ross Dowell said the first game was played in pouring rain for two innings.
"We should not have started the game," Dowell said. "That is why the score was 17-7 after two. The umpired suspended the game and we had to go back and finish tonight. We came out flat and they scored five to end it in a hurry. Sturgeon is a really good team but I would have liked to have played them on dry ground. We also have a lot of injured players right now so we need practice and rest badly."
Kalani Pihana took the loss on the mound for New Franklin by giving up 17 runs, 15 unearned, on 12 hits and five walks while striking out one batter in two innings. Claire Monnig then came in and pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief and allowed five runs on five hits and two walks while striking out one.
Aislinn Himmelberg went 2-for-2 in the game for New Franklin with a single, double and two RBIs. Kallie Monteer was 2-for-3 with two singles while Abby Prewitt added one double and one RBI and Emily Hendrix with one single.
As for the New Franklin baseball team, they trailed Sturgeon 3-0 after two innings before rallying back with two runs in the top-half of the third to cut the lead to one at 3-2. Meanwhile, after Sturgeon plated another run in the bottom-half of the third, New Franklin came back and tacked on one run in the sixth.
New Franklin coach Erich Gerding said his team left 10 runners on base and made some bonehead plays on the basepaths. "Sturgeon just got some key hits when they needed them and more solid in the field than we were," Gerding said. "Matt Anderton made a spectacular diving catch over his head in the fourth. Tanner White led off with a walk in the seventh, stole second and then Dylan Johnson put a great swing on the ball and lined out to center to end it."
Brady Sandker picked up the win on the mound for Sturgeon.
Tyler White took the loss on the mound for New Franklin, 6-6 on the season, by giving up four runs, two earned, on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven. Tyler Hull then came in and pitched 1/3 inning and struck out one batter.
Braden Kelly had two doubles and one RBI in the game for Sturgeon while Ryan Seidel added two singles.
For New Franklin, Tyler Hull and Alex Holem each had a single, double and one RBI. Tyler White added two singles while Zach Evans and Evan Storjohann finished the game with one double each.