The Harrisburg Bulldogs baseball team rallied from a 2-0 deficit after three by outscoring New Franklin 6-1 over the final four innings two win 6-3 Wednesday night in New Franklin.
The Bulldogs, dropping to 1-5 on the season, opened the game with one run in each of the first-two innings. Meanwhile, after a scoreless third inning, Harrisburg rallied back to take the lead for good with four runs in the top-half of the fourth to go up 4-2. New Franklin cut the lead to one at 4-3 in the bottom-half of the fourth but wouldn’t get any closer as Harrisburg tacked on two more in the seventh.
New Franklin coach Erich Gerding said he was excited the way the team started the game. “We wasted too many opporrunities early and made too many mistakes,” Gerding said. “We are getting better. Once we address one issue, another two come to the surface. I thought they did a great job in fairly windy conditions.”
Charlies Strain picked up the win for Harrisburg while Gavin Bishop took the loss for New Franklin. Bishop pitched 5 2/3 innings and struck out five batters while giving up four runs on seven hits and four walks. Jackson Dorson and Dustin Mehrhoff also pitched 2/3 inning in relief for the Bulldogs.
Colten Collyott had a single and a double to lead New Franklin while Zac Held, Andy Neal, Avery Lauer, Dustin Mehrhoff and Crayton Gallatin added one single each.
Lauer, Neal lead New Franklin past Smithton
New Franklin’s Avery Lauer and Andy Neal powered the Bulldogs to their first win of the season Monday night on the road against the Smithton Tigers by a score of 21-8.
The Bulldogs, improving to 1-4 on the season, scored in five out of the seven innings against Smithton and led the Tigers 7-5 after one, 10-5 after three, 12-5 after four and 13-5 after five. Meanwhile, after Smithton plated three more runs in the bottom-half of the sixth, New Franklin came back and exploded for eight more runs in the seventh for the victory.
New Franklin coach Erich Gerding said Jackson Dorson came through with a huge bases loaded, two out double in the first. “Andy gave us a great effort on the mound and Avery had a great day at the plate,” Gerding said. “Overall, it was great to get a win.”
Although Neal picked up the win on the mound, Crayton Gallatin drew the start but exited after giving up five runs on one hit and three walks in the first. Neal then came in and pitched 5 2/3 innings and struck out four batters while giving up three runs on four hits and five walks. Then, to finish the game, Jackson Dorson pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief for the save and allowed one hit while striking out three batters.
New Franklin also out-hit Smithton 14-6, with Lauer going 4-for-4 with three singles, one double and two RBIs.
Gavin Bishop was 3-for-5 with two singles, one double and three RBIs while Gallatin and Neal had two singles and two RBIs each, Zac Held and Dorson with one double and two RBIs each and Colten Collyott with one single and two RBIs.
New Franklin also won the JV game against Smithton 4-2.