The New Franklin Bulldogs baseball team had no answer for the Cairo Bearcats in the fifth inning Saturday in the championship game in the Cairo Tournament.
After pounding the Salisbury Panthers 12-1 in the opening round of the tournament, the Bulldogs also had a chance against Cairo with the game tied at 2-all after four. However, in the fifth inning, the Bearcats took the lead for good by pushing across three runs for a 5-3 victory.
While the loss dropped New Franklin to 4-2 on the season, head coach Erich Gerding said the Bulldogs made three errors in the second and one in the third, which took its toll on Tyler White. “They did a better job of grinding out at-bats and putting the ball in play with two strikes,” Gerding said.
Up until the three-run fifth, the Bulldogs also struggled in the first-two innings while giving up one run in each inning. Meanwhile, after tying the game at 2-all in the bottom-half of the third, the Bulldogs couldn’t seem to get an out in the fifth while surrendering three runs. However, in the bottom-half of the fifth, New Franklin made it interesting by sending one run across to cut the lead to two.
Brad Roberts picked up the win on the mound for Cairo while Tyler White took the loss for New Franklin. Roberts pitched all six innings and struck out 10 batters while giving up three runs on six hits. White, meanwhile, pitched 4 2/3 innings for the Bulldogs and allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits and one walk while striking out one. Evan Storjohann then came in and pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief and issued one walk while striking out one.
Aaron Barratt went 3-for-3 in the game for Sturgeon with a single, double and a triple.
For New Franklin, Tyler Hull went 2-for-3 with a single, home run and two RBIs. Tyler White was 2-for-3 with a single, home run and one RBI while Tanner White added two singles.
In the opening game against Salisbury, the Bulldogs scored in only two innings but both of those innings produced six runs each. The Panthers, meanwhile, scored their only run of the ballgame in the bottom-half of the fourth.
Gerding said what a great effort by Alex Holem. “It was great to put up a six spot in the third and then again in the seventh,” Gerding said. “We had a lot of good swings on the ball up and down the lineup.”
While picking up the complete-game victory, Holem gave up just one run on four hits while striking out eight.
Holem also had three hits in the game along with Tyler White. White went 3-for-3 with two singles, one double and two RBIs while Holem added three singles and two RBIs. Dylan Johnson and Tyler Hull each had two singles and two RBIs while Matt Anderton added one double and Evan Storjohann with a RBI-single.
In the game Friday night against Fayette, the Bulldogs again got off to a good start by exploding for six runs in the first and two again in the second en route to a 14-4 victory.
New Franklin also added one run in the fifth, two again in the sixth and three in the seventh against the Falcons. Fayette, meanwhile, scored all of its runs in the third.
Gerding said the bats definitely warmed up with the weather. “We had a lot of good swings on the ball and Tanner and Zach gave us a great effort on the mound,” Gerding said. “It was really good to see Tanner get his first win.”
Tanner White pitched the first-five innings for the Bulldogs and gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits and one walk while striking out seven. Zach Evans then came in and pitched two innings in relief and yielded just two hits while striking out two.
New Franklin also out-hit Fayette 12-7, with Tanner White going 3-for-4 with a single, double, triple and two RBIs.
Tyler Hull was 2-for-2 with two home runs and four RBIs while Matt Anderton added a single and a double, Zach Evans with one single and two RBIs and Tyler White and Evan Storjohann each with one single.
Landon Ball took the loss for Fayette while giving up eight runs on six hits and two walks in two innings. He also struck out two batters.
Ball also had two singles and two RBIs while Collin O’Connell added a single and one double.
In the JV game, New Franklin won 9-0 in three innings against Fayette.
While scoring three runs in each of the first-three innings, Gerding said it was a good way to cap off a good night. “Kaleb did an outstanding job on the mound,” Gerding said.
Kaleb Anderton pitched all three innings for the win for New Franklin and struck out four batters while giving up two hits and one walks.
Austin Wetrich and Jacob Woodbury each had one double and one RBI while Jacob Hendrix and Levi Bishop added one RBI each.