The New Franklin Bulldogs baseball team had a tough night against Sedalia schools on Tuesday, losing to Sacred Heart 11-4 in the first game and Smith-Cotton’s JV 10-0 in the nightcap.
“We just gave up too many free bases again,” said New Franklin coach Erich Gerding on the game against Sacred Heart. “As for the game against Smith-Cotton’s JV, they hit the ball well and we didn’t. We had a few good balls here and there, but nothing strung together.”
While the two losses dropped New Franklin to 5-10 on the season, it’s safe to say the Bulldogs had every chance against Sacred Heart with the game tied at 3-all after 3 1/2. However over the next-three innings, Sacred Heart reeled off 8-0 unanswered runs to go up 11-3 before giving up a run in the top-half of the seventh.
Easton Webb picked up the win on the mound for Sacred Heart while Kale Harris took the  loss for New Franklin. In 3 1/3 innings, Harris gave up five runs on five hits and one walk while striking out two. Gavin Bishop then came in and pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief and allowed six runs on four hits and five walks while striking out two. Then, to finish the game, Crayton Gallatin pitched 1/3 inning and walked one.
Sacred Heart also out-hit New Franklin in the game 9-2.
Austin Jones had two hits for the Bulldogs, both of which went for singles. Zac Held finished the game with a double and two RBIs while Hunter Rohlfing, Caleb Phillips, Kale Harris and Lucas Storjohann added one single each.
In the game against Smith-Cotton’s JV, the Bulldogs never got on track offensively while giving up four runs in the first, five again in the fourth and one in the fifth to suffer the loss.
Austin Jones took the loss on the mound for New Franklin by giving up eight runs on six hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. Jones also struck out three batters. Andy Neal then came in and pitched 2/3 inning in relief and allowed two runs on two hits and one walk while striking out one batters.
Smith-Cotton’s JV also had eight hits in the game compared to just five for New Franklin.
Caleb Phillips went 2-for-2 in the game for the Bulldogs with two singles while Rohlfing doubled and Kale Harris and Zac Held each singled.