The New Franklin Bulldogs fell not once but twice Tuesday night at home while hosting the Cairo Bearcats.
After dropping a 14-5 decision in softball against Cairo, the Bulldogs also fell to the Bearcats in baseball by a score of 10-0.
New Franklin softball coach Ross Dowell said the offense was there early in the game but they struggled in the middle innings. “We had some good swings toward the end,” Dowell said. “We used all three pitchers and each had some good innings, however, all of the big innings for Cairo seemed to start with a mistake or two.”
The Lady Bulldogs definitely had their chances against Cairo while leading 3-1 after two complete innings. However it was pretty much all Cairo after that with 11 unanswered runs over a three inning stint to go up 12-3. Then, after New Franklin plated two more runs in the bottom-half of the sixth, Cairo came back and tacked on two more runs in the seventh for the victory.
Callahan picked up the win in the circle for Cairo while Lauren Evans took the loss for New Franklin, who dropped to 1-6 overall and 1-2 in the CAC. Evans pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up seven runs on three hits and five walks while striking out one. Annie Benner then came in and pitched 2/3 inning in relief and allowed five runs on five hits and one walk. Then, to finish the game, Alexia Sprick pitched three innings and issued two runs on four hits while striking out two batters.
Cairo also out-hit New Franklin 12-6, with Ryan going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Callahan, Leathers, Prewett and Luntsford each had two hits.
For New Franklin, Evans went 2-for-3 with two singles and two RBIs. Kacie White also had two hits, both being singles, while Madison Matney added one single and one RBI and Madelyn Chaney with one single.
As for the New Franklin baseball team, they couldn’t seem to get anything going while Cairo exploded for five runs in the fourth and two in each of the fifth and sixth innings of play for the victory.
New Franklin coach Erich Gerding said it’s tough to win when you commit six errors and strike out 14 times. “We hung in there for the first-three, then collapsed when we started to make mistakes in the field, where we have to be perfect if we aren’t going to make any adjustments and just strike out all of the time,” Gerding said. “We have to keep plugging away in practice and try to make small improvements each game.”
Jacob Davis was the winning pitcher in the game for Cairo while Gavin Bishop took the loss for New Franklin, who dropped to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in the CAC. While Davis pitched all six innings and struck out 14 batters for Cairo, Bishop threw four innings and struck out seven batters while giving up eight runs on eight hits and two walks.
Cairo also had 11 hits in the game, with Jack Ellison going 3-for-3 with three singles. Bryce Taylor had a single and a double.
For New Franklin, Zac Held had the only hit with a double.