Despite the fact that weather is always a concern at the start of the varsity baseball season, on Saturday Mexico got in three games at Marshfield.
That warm weather turned out to be just as much of a curse as it was a blessing, though, as the Bulldogs went 0-3 for the event.
"Tough weekend, but we saw two very good teams in Mansfield and Excelsior Springs. Marshfield is much improved over last season," said coach Keith Louder. "We saw three above average starters on the mound. This will serve us well as the season continues."
In the first game Mexico fell to Mansfield 11-0 in five innings. While the team did allow a run each in the first and third, it was the nine-run fourth that left them on the outside looking in. Going 1-for-1 with a walk to help lead the Bulldogs offense was Dalyn Feiganspan, Dalton Slater had a hit in two at-bats and allowing eight hits and two walks with three strikeouts to get pinned with the decision was Quinton Baumgartner.
The next game was a 12-4 defeat to Marshfield that was actually much more competitive than the score might suggest. That's because Mexico got outscored 10-2 between the third and sixth after tying the game at 2-2 in the second. Once again it was Slater and Feiganspan who stood tall at the plate with a hit and a walk in thee at bats each, Cameron Baumgartner went 2-for-3 and Chaise Haines was 1-for-3. Marquis Smith also gave up eight hits and four walks with three strikeouts to take the loss.
The final contest proved to be the hardest pill to swallow as the Bulldogs were downed by Excelsior Springs 20-0 in five innings after allowing 18 hits and three walks with a strikeout. Posting a double in two trips to the plate was Cole Whalen and Feiganspan and Quinton Baumgartner each went 1-for-3.
"Our lack of varsity experience showed in some of our decision making during the games. The most important thing for us is to continue to work at practice and grow as the season progresses," Louder said. "Experience is only gained by work at practice, then applying the skills to game opportunities."
Mexico, 0-3 overall, began North Central Missouri Conference competition today at Marshall.