Returning for three innings for a sectional game against Stoutland may seem a little far-fetched. But for the New Franklin Bulldogs baseball team, they had a little unfinished business to take care of while leading the Tigers 6-1 in the top-half of the fifth in a suspended game Monday night.
While returning to the scene of the crime on Tuesday, the Bulldogs added to their run total by adding one in the fifth after loading the bases with one out and six more in the seventh for a 12-1 victory.
New Franklin, now 15-4 on the season, will play the Sturgeon Bulldogs, 14-1 on the season, tonight in a quarterfinal matchup at New Franklin starting at 6 p.m.
New Franklin coach Erich Gerding commenting on the game against Stoutland said his team did not capitalize with the bases loaded in the fifth at least not right away. “All together, this was a sloppy game,” Gerding said. “We were able to work out of it on the mound and then, offensively, get some clutch hits and put the ball in play with two strikes. Now we need to get off the bus, get some rest, and get ready to give it everything we have for a spot in O’Fallon.”
So far so good. Although New Franklin and Sturgeon are no strangers to each other, the Bulldogs may have a little incentive against their CAC rival after getting knocked out in the playoffs last year. Sturgeon went on to advance to the Final Four in 2012, finishing fourth.
As for the game last night, Tyler White picked up the win on the mound for the Bulldogs, his fifth of the season in seven starts. In four innings, White struck out three batters and gave up one run on two hits and two walks. Tanner White then came in and pitched three innings in relief and struck out five batters while giving up just one hit and one walk.
Byron Begley, meanwhile, took the loss on the hill for Stoutland, who finished the season at 9-8 overall. In five innings, Begley allowed six runs, one earned, on eight hits and six walks while striking out three.
New Franklin also finished the game with 14 hits against Stoutland, with Dylan Johnson going 3-for-5 with two singles and one double. Zach Evans and Tyler White, meanwhile, finished the game with three singles and two RBIs each while Tyler Hull added a single, double and three RBIs, Matt Anderton with one double, Alex Holem with a RBI-single, Jacob Woodbury with one single and Tanner White with one RBI.
For Stoutland, Begley doubled while Michael Brown finished the game with a RBI-single.