New Franklin finishes 1-1 in Atlanta Tournament

Chris Bowie
Boonville Daily News

The New Franklin Bulldogs baseball team will learn from Saturday’s Atlanta Tournament.

After starting the day with an impressive 17-10 win over La Plata, the Bulldogs found themselves in a very different battle in the second game against Atlanta and as a result fell by a score of 17-5 to finish the tournament at 1-1.

“We grinded out a lot of great at-bats all day and it started with Keaton leading off this game,” said New Franklin coach Erich Gerding. “We definitely had our moments in the field, but so did every other team on this very hot day. I’m very proud of how we kept responding and found a way to win.”

New Franklin led the entire game against La Plata and scored in every inning but the fourth and fifth. Nonetheless, the game was a lot closer than the final score as La Plata tied the game at 10-all in the bottom of the sixth with a six-run inning before giving up seven in the top half of the seventh.

Caleb Hull picked up the win for New Franklin, while Tanner Bishop recorded the save. Hull pitched five innings and struck out seven batters while giving up seven runs on 10 hits. Bishop then came in and pitched two innings in relief and allowed three runs on two hits and one walk while striking out two batters.

New Franklin also out-hit La Plata 18-12, with Bishop going 5-for-6 with one RBI. Clayton Wilmsmeyer finished the game with a single, double, home run and three RBIs, while Connor Wilmsmeyer added two singles, one double and two RBIs, Drew Rhorer with three singles and two RBIs, Owen Armentrout with two singles and two RBIs, Hull with one single and three RBIs, Keaton Eads with one single and two RBIs, and Sawyer Felten with one RBI.

In the game against Atlanta, which was almost the opposite of the first game, the Bulldogs found themselves in a hole early while trailing 8-2 after two. However, at one-point, New Franklin had tied the game at 2-all after 1 ½ before surrendering six runs in the bottom half of the second. The Bulldogs also closed the gap in the top half of the fourth to one run at 8-7 before giving up five in the bottom half of the fourth and one in each of the fifth and sixth innings of play.

Clayton Wilmsmeyer took the loss on the mound for New Franklin by giving up eight runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out two batters in two innings. Eads then came in and pitched three innings in relief and allowed six runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out four. Then, to finish the game, Felten pitched one inning and issued one run on two hits while striking out one batter.  

Atlanta also out-hit New Franklin 16-11 in the game. Clayton Wilmsmeyer went 4-for-5 in the game for New Franklin with four singles. Felten finished the game with three singles, while Zac Vollrath-Roth had two singles, Hull with one single and one RBI, Armentrout with one single, Connor Wilmsmeyer with two RBIs, and Bishop and Rhorer each with one RBI.