The New Franklin Bulldogs baseball team needed a pick me up over the weekend while competing in the Glasgow Tournament at New Franklin.
After dropping a 3-1 decision Friday night at home against the Cairo Bearcats, the Bulldogs may have also saw any hopes of winning the conference fall by the wayside.
Enter Saturday's Glasgow Tournament. After managing just four hits from the previous night against Cairo, the Bulldogs came back in a big way Saturday by exploding for 24 runs on 20 hits in two games to garner first place.
In the first game against Meadville, the Bulldogs scored at least one run in three out of the five innings to win by the mercy rule. After pushing across one run in each of the first and third innings of play, New Franklin came back and exploded for eight runs in the fifth for a 10-0 victory.
New Franklin coach Erich Gerding said the team got off to a slow start and definitely did not play as well as they would have liked, but it was great to actually play some baseball under some sunshine.
Senior Tyler White picked up the win on the mound for New Franklin. In five innings, White struck out 11 batters while giving up just three hits and three walks. Derek Smith, meanwhile, took the loss for Meadville.
New Franklin also out-hit Meadville 9-3, with Tyler White going 3-for-3 with a single, double and a triple. Tyler Hull was 2-for-3 with two singles and two RBIs while Evan Storjohann added a single and two RBIs, Zach Evans and Austin Wetrich each with a RBI-single and Matt Anderton with one single.
In the championship game against Glasgow, the Bulldogs again scored early and often against the Yellowjackets by sending three runs across in each of the first and second innings of play and one in third and fourth innings to go up 8-0. Meanwhile, after Glasgow plated one run in the bottom-half of the fourth, New Franklin came back and broke the game wide-open with a six-run sixth for the victory.
Gerding said the team took advantage of several walks early and then really started putting some good swings on the ball. "Tanner and Zach did a good job on the mound for us," Gerding said. "Glasgow had to finish with eight players. Stockhorst had to be taken out of the game in the fourth with arm issues."
Tanner White was the pitcher of record in the game for New Franklin, who improved to 7-3 on the season with two of their three losses to Cairo and one to Pilot Grove. In four innings, White struck out nine batters and gave up one run on two hits. Zach Evans then came in and pitched two innings in relief and struck out five batters while giving up one walk.
New Franklin also had 11 hits in the game against Glasgow, with Tyler Hull going 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs. Tyler White was 2-for-3 with a single, double and two RBIs while Tanner White added two singles and one RBI, Zach Evans with one single and three RBIs, Adam Harris with one single and one RBI and Matt Anderton, Levi Bishop and TJ Schapira each with one single.
Friday's game
The Cairo Bearcats baseball team continues to be a thorn in the side of the new Franklin Bulldogs.
After handing New Franklin it's second loss of the season earlier in the season, the Bearcats came back Friday night with another devastating blow to the Bulldogs' conference run with a 3-1 victory.
Although New Franklin out-hit Cairo 4-3 in the game, they also committed four errors in the game compared to only three for the Bearcats.
New Franklin coach Erich Gerding said this was definitely a pitcher's duel for most of the game. "We walked their eight hole to lead off the third and the fifth," Gerding said. "In the third, we worked out of it, but in the fifth, we paid for it. Offensively, we were not good and defensively we were average. All in all, not good and average isn't gonna get it done."
While the Bearcats scored all three of their runs in the fifth, New Franklin came back with one in the sixth after a lead off double to left by Tyler White and a RBI-single to left center by Tyler Hull.
The Bulldogs also had a chance to score in the bottom-half of the third with runners on second and third with two outs. Unfortunately for New Franklin, Cairo pitcher Aaron Barratt had other plans while striking out Tyler White to end the inning.
Barratt picked up the complete-game victory for Cairo while Tyler Hull took the loss for New Franklin. In seven innings, Barratt struck out 10 batters and gave up just one run on four hits and two walks. Hull, meanwhile, pitched the first-six innings and surrendered three runs, two earned, on two hits and three walks while striking out six. Evan Storjohann then came in and pitched one inning in relief for the Bulldogs.
Tyler White also had the only extra base hit in the game for New Franklin, being a double, while Hull finished the game with one single and one RBI and Tanner White and Adam Harris each with one single.
Aaron Barratt, Kory Rudkin and Craig Prather each had one hit for Cairo, who improved to 6-1 on the season.