The New Franklin Bulldogs baseball team came close Monday night against Madison in the semifinal round of the Class 1 District 11 Tournament in New Franklin.
With 15 runs last Friday in the opening round against Higbee, the Bulldogs managed just two runs on six hits in a 3-2 loss against the Panthers.
New Franklin closed out the season at 7-9 overall.
New Franklin coach Erich Gerding said junior pitcher Gavin Bishop did a great job on the mound and gave the team a chance to win. “Defensively we were not as good as we needed to be and offensively we couldn’t get a two-out hit when we needed one,” Gerding said. “I am really proud of the bottom of our order-Koy and Jackson-they won their spots. I am really going to miss our seniors-Koy and Dustin. It was a very memorable four years.”
In the only other game on Monday, top-seeded Wellsville defeated fourth-seeded Community 3-0. Wellsville and Madison will play for the title tonight in New Franklin starting at 5:30 p.m.
Although the Bulldogs wound up out-hitting Madison 6-4, it was the Panthers that led early on after pushing across one run in each of the first and fifth innings of play. However, in the top half of the sixth, New Franklin finally broke through with one run and then sent another run across in the seventh to tie the game at 2-all. The Bulldogs never got any closer as Madison scored the go ahead run in the bottom half of the inning for the win.
Tyler Wandrey picked up the win in relief of starter Jimmy Layton while Caleb Hull took the loss for New Franklin. Layton pitched 6-plus innings and struck out 10 batters while giving up two runs on five hits and two walks. Wandrey then came in and pitched one inning and allowed one hit.
For New Franklin, Gavin Bishop started the game and pitched 5 2/3 innings and struck out 11 batters while giving up two runs on two hits and six walks. Andy Neal then came in and pitched 1/3 inning in relief and struck out one batter. Caleb Hull  finished the game in the seventh and surrendered one run on two hits while striking out one batter.
Madison was led by Tyler Buck with one single and two RBIs.
For New Franklin, Koy Harris went 2-for-3 with two singles. Zac Held and Andy Neal each had one single and one RBI while Colten Collyott and Gavin Bishop added one single each.