The New Franklin baseball team dropped a hard-fought game Monday night on the road, losing to the Fayette Falcons in 10 innings by a score of 9-8.
Although the Bulldogs wound up out-hitting Fayette 15-7, head coach Erich Gerding said this was obviously a hard-fought game back and forth.
“Gavin and Crayton had some good individual games for us offensively and Dustin had some good swings on the ball, but defensively, we were not very good, especially up the middle, where you need to be good,” Gerding said. “Besides the errors, we gave them other outs we should have gotten and walked too many guys. I also thought the bottom of their order had more quality at bats than ours and got on base for the top-their 6-8 hitters scored six of their nine runs. I was proud of the overall effort we showed as a team during a night where it just continued to get colder, but we have some guys who need to be better teammates. This was a good first game for us in that we really found out a lot about our team.”
A total of five players saw the mound for New Franklin. And while the Bulldogs won the hitting battle, they also had one more error than Fayette with four.
Nonetheless, after Fayette went up 2-1 after the first the Bulldogs came back and exploded for four runs in the top half of the fifth to go up 5-2.
That led lasted a whole one inning when Fayette stormed back with three runs in the sixth to tie the game at 5-all. Meanwhile, after both teams put up one run in the seventh, New Franklin came back two innings later with two more runs to make it 8-6. But even that was short-lived as Fayette rallied back with two runs in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game at 8-all.
New Franklin never led again in the ballgame as Fayette scored the winning run in the bottom half of the 10th.
Caleb Hull took the loss on the mound for New Franklin by giving up one run on one hit and one walk.
Gavin Bishop started the game and pitched the first four innings and allowed two runs on three hits and six walks while striking out eight. Koy Harris then came in and pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief and allowed three runs on two hits while striking out one batter. Jackson Dorson followed Harris for 1 2/3 innings with two strikeouts before giving way to Andy Neal, who pitched two innings and issued two runs on two hits and three walks while striking out five.
As for the hitting in the game for New Franklin, Bishop went 5 for 6 with three singles and two doubles. Crayton Gallatin was 3-for-5 with two singles, one double and two RBIs while Dustin Mehrhoff added two doubles and two RBIs, Zac Held two singles and one RBI, Tysen Dowell one single and one RBI and Sam Marshall and Colten Collyott each with one single.