New Franklin baseball coach Erich Gerding addressed his team after Thursday night’s game against the Sturgeon Bulldogs about the perfect formula for winning.
While the Bulldogs followed his postgame talk to perfection for the first-3 1/2 innings while leading Sturgon 8-6, the fourth inning was nothing short of a disaster as Sturgeon rallied back with nine runs en route to a 18-8 victory.
“Eight walks, six hit batters, three errors and 13 hits given up on top of 11 strikeouts by us, nine of which were from our top five in the lineup,” Gerding said. “Not exactly the formula for winning baseball.”
The Bulldogs were doing exactly that for the first three and a half innings while leading Sturgeon 2-0 after one, 6-2 after two and 7-6 after three. New Franklin also tacked on one in the fourth to make it 8-6. But then the bottom fell out as Sturgeon stormed back with a nine-run fourth inning to go up 15-8 and then added three more runs in the sixth to win by the mercy rule.
Jesse Roberts picked up the win on the mound for Sturgeon while Crayton Gallatin took the loss for New Franklin, who dropped to 1-5 on the season. Gallatin pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up nine runs on six hits and four walks while striking out one batter.  Dustin Mehrhoff then came in and pitched part of the fourth and allowed five runs on two hits and three walks. Meanwhile, after Jackson Dorson pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief and surrendered one run on three hits while striking out one, Koy Harris came in and pitched 2/3 inning and issued three runs on two hits and one walk.
Mehrhoff also had two hits and three RBIs in the game for New Franklin.
Andy Neal, Avery Lauer and Zac Held each had one single and one RBI while Gavin Bishop, Lucas Storjohann and Jody Davis added one single each.