In a varsity baseball back-and forth shootout that featured 25 total runs on 24 hits on Tuesday, Mexico got edged out at home in North Central Missouri Conference action by Hannibal 13-12.
Because the Pirates grabbed leads of 3-0 in the first inning and 4-1 in the second, the Bulldogs had to post a 7-1 scoring advantage in the third and fourth to go up 8-5. Mexico then extended that gap to 12-6 in the fifth before getting outscored 7-0 in the sixth and seventh to end up on the wrong side of this decision.
Even though the Bulldogs got outhit 14-10, going 2-3 with a pair of homeruns, four RBI and a walk was Quinton Baumgartner, Chase Haines went 2-for-4 with two RBI and charting two hits and two RBI in five at-bats was Cole Whalen. Also coming through with a double, two walks and two RBI in three trips to the plate was Dalton Slater, Collin Clay added a 1-for-3 showing with a walk and Gage Worley was 1-for-4 with a double and one RBI.
Whalen was on the mound for Mexico for five innings, as well, allowing three walks with three strikeouts, and Slater gave up a walk with two strikeouts in two innings.
"Defense was the difference in this game. Offensively we continued to hit the ball well and did a good job of converting that to runs scored," said coach Keith Louder. "Quinton Baumgarter had a two-homerun game that ignited the early comeback. Pitching was solid again, but the defense made too many errors."
The Bulldogs, 1-10 overall, 1-6 NCMC, hosted Marshall Wednesday prior to traveling to North Callaway on Friday.