New Franklin baseball coach Erich Gerding has seen his team play better.
While hosting the Jamestown Eagles Friday night in a non-conference game, the Bulldogs held off a late rally by Jamestown for a 7-6 victory.
“Tanner was definitely not his best,” Gerding said. “The top of our order really came through tonight and played well. Our 6-9 were 0-12 with five strikeouts. If we can put everything together, and get everyone healthy, we will be in much better shape. The good news is we are finding a way to get through it so far. Our big inning came in the third with two outs when Tanner singled, got to second on a wild pitch, and Dylan came through with a big two-out double. TJ got hit, stole second, then Blake lined one to right to drive in two. Levi followed with a RBI-double. We walked way too many and gave away way too much defensively.”
The Bulldogs appeared to be cruising right along while leading Jamestown 5-2 after three and 7-2 after five. However, in the top-half of the seventh, the Eagles tallied four more runs to cut the lead to one.
Tanner White picked up the win on the mound for New Franklin while Colton Devore took the loss for Jamestown.
White started the game and pitched 5 1/3 innings and struck out nine batters while giving up two runs on five hits and three walks. Kaleb Anderton then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed three runs on three walks while striking out one. Then, to finish the game, Jerrod Riley recorded the save and surrendered one run on one hit and two walks in 2/3 inning. Riley also struck out one batter.
Devore, meanwhile, pitched the first-five innings before giving way to Alex Gerlach for one inning.
As for the hitting in the game for New Franklin, Blake Carleton went 2-for-3 with two singles and two RBIs while Levi Bishop and Dylan Johnson added one double and one RBI and Tanner White with one single.
In the JV game, New Franklin defeated Jamestown by a score of 4-0 in three innings.
The Bulldogs, 4-1 on the season, scored one run in the first and three again in the second to garner the victory.
Austin Jones also pitched all three innings for New Franklin and struck out six batters while giving up two hits and one walk.
As for the hitting in the game for New Franklin, Lucas Storjohann went 1-for-1 with a single and one RBI while Kale Harris drove in one run.