Once again the Mexico varsity baseball team got the short end of the stick and lost a home game to postponement rescheduling as what was once supposed to be a single North Central Missouri Conference contest at Hannibal on Tuesday became a doubleheader.
While the original contest had been slated for March 29, the way things played out the Bulldogs lost the initial game 10-7 by allowing the Pirates to come back and score four runs in the sixth. The squad was then also defeated in the nightcap 8-6 in basically the same fashion as Hannibal charted four runs in the sixth and another in the seventh on nine hits despite the fact Mexico's Cody Rowe did his best to stem this tide by going 5-for-8 on the night with four RBI.
"Another tough night on the diamond. We lead both games 6-3 at the end of five innings and weren’t able to secure the victory," said coach Keith Louder. "Cole Whalen pitched very well in game one. We are close. We just need to have a great defensive play, great closing pitching performance or a clutch hit to get us over the hump. Our down fall tonight was allowing Hannibal four-run sixth innings in both games."
In the opener Marquis Smith proved his value to the Bulldogs early and often by clocking a double, one single, a run and one RBI, Taylor Bledsoe wasn't far off that pace at 2-for-3 with two runs and Cameron Baumgartner went 1-for-4. Cole Whalen and Quinton Baumgartner were also both 1-for-3 with a walk and Ty Prince scored once.
Handling the pitching duties for Mexico was Whalen, allowing five earned runs by virtue of hitting a batter and walking three with four strikeouts in just under six innings of work prior to Gage Worley finally coming in to get the final out.
In the second game the Bulldogs tried to avoid that same fate by grabbing leads of 3-0 in the first and 4-0 in the second, but Hannibal was able to cancel most of that out by scoring three runs of its own in the third. Mexico then answered back by going up 6-3 in the fifth, only to once again fall victim to the Pirates late game offense.
Taking charge of the Bulldogs eight-hit attack for this game was Worley at 2-for-2 with a run, Jake Simse scored twice and Whalen went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run. Prince also got hit by a pitch and scored once, Bledsoe was 1-for-2 with a walk and a run and Cameron Baumgartner added a double and a RBI in four at-bats.
The pitching, on the other hand, was headed up by Quinton Baumgartner allowing three earned runs on four hits and three walks with one strikeout in three innings on the mound. Worley also was on the mound for three innings and gave up two earned runs on five hits and five walks with two strikeouts. Tom Calaluce tossed the only other inning of the game for Mexico and got taken for just one earned run on no hits and a walk.
The Bulldogs, 2-12 overall, 1-7 NCMC, hosts North Callaway for a non-league game on Friday.