The New Bloomfield baseball team had two big innings and that proved to be the difference Tuesday night against the New Franklin Bulldogs for a 17-8 victory.
New Franklin, dropping to 0-3 on the season, led New Bloomfield 5-4 after four but then gave up 13 runs over the next three innings to suffer the loss.
New Franklin coach Erich Gerding said by far the best offensive game of the year but not enough quality at bats with runners on.
“We left bases loaded in the 3-5 innings and allowed four unearned runs in the fifth and more in the seventh,” Gerding said. “If it’s not one thing it’s another for us right now, but mostly it’s our pitching and defense, which are just extraordinarily inconsistent at the moment. We battled but just couldn’t overcome ourselves.”
Crayton Gallatin took the loss in relief for New Franklin. Koy Harris started the game and pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on four hits and two walks. Harris also struck out three batters. Gallatin then came in and pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on one hit and two walks. Jackson Dorson followed with two innings in relief and surrendered six runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out two batters. Then, to finish the game, Tysen Dowell pitched 2/3 innings and yielded four runs on four hits.
New Bloomfield also out-hit New Franklin 16-10.
Collecting hits in the game for the Bulldogs were Zac Held with three singles and two RBIs, Gavin Bishop two singles and one RBI, Dustin Mehrhoff one single and two RBIs, Gallatin and Caleb Hull each with one single and one RBI and Colten Collyott and Dowell each with one single.