The New Franklin Bulldogs baseball team dropped a close decision on the road Thursday night by losing to the Higbee Tigers by a score of 7-5.
The Bulldogs, dropping to 1-7 on the season, led Higbee 4-0 after 2 1/2 innings before giving up seven runs in the bottom-half of the third to suffer the loss.
New Franklin coach Erich Gerding said the Bulldogs gave up seven unanswered runs in the third and struck out 10 times and left eight on in a time shortened game. “We left the bases loaded in the third and the fourth when we had chances to extend the lead,” Gerding said. “This group has got to learn to compete even when it might be inconvenient.”
Jackson Dorson took the loss on the mound for New Franklin. Andy Neal started the game and pitched two-plus innings and gave up four runs on three hits and three walks while striking out three. Dorson then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed three runs on one hit and one walk while striking out two batters. Then, to finish the game, Gavin Bishop pitched one inning and issued two hits and one walk while striking out three batters.
Colten Collyott led the hitting attack in the game for New Franklin with two singles and one RBI.
Bishop finished the game with one double while Avery Lauer, Crayton Gallatin and Dorson each had one single. Tysen Dowell had one RBI in the game.