The New Franklin baseball team continued its struggle to string together hits or runs for that matter in a 14-4 loss Tuesday night at Cairo.
The Bulldogs, dropping to 0-5 on the season, managed four runs-all in the second-on nine hits while Cairo scored at least one run in every inning while collecting 10 hits.
“Very similar pattern offensively,” said New Franklin coach Erich Gerding. “We score multiple runs in one inning and then shut down. Defensively, we were jut terrible because we began doubting ourselves, got out of it mentally, and it snowballed. We won a five inning JV game 5-4. Really proud of our JV guys and Caleb Hull’s effort on the mound.”
Even through Cairo wound up pulling away late, New Franklin led 4-3 after 2 1/2 before giving up 11 unanswered runs over the final three innings.
Andy Neal took the loss for New Franklin by giving up five runs on three hits and two walks in two-plus innings. Jackson Dorson then came in and pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief and allowed seven runs on five hits and one walk while striking out one batter. Then, to finish the game, Colten Collyott pitched 1/3 innings and issued two runs on two hits and one walk.
Zach Held had three hits in the game for New Franklin to lead all hitters. Crayton Gallatin finished the game with two hits and one RBI while Koy Harris added a double and two RBIs. Dustin Mehrhoff also doubled while Gavin Bishop singled and drove in one run. Andy Neal also had one hit.