To add insult to injury, not only has the weather kept the Mexico varsity baseball team from enjoying any type of a regular playing schedule since the season began, but it turns out the majority of the contests the squad has missed have been home games.
That all changed on Monday when the Bulldogs finally got to play on their own field after 11 road games in North Central Missouri Conference action against Marshall. To mark the occasion Mexico showed it meant business up front by taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but Marshall was up to the challenge and tied the game at 1-1 in the second. Marshall also made the next move in this back-and-forth in the fifth with a four-run rally to take a 5-0 lead.
The Bulldogs might have had six hits for this game, but it was Marshall that posted three more insurance runs in the seventh on just five total hits to end up claiming this victory 7-1.
"Once again we battled hard for the first four innings, only to let it get away in the last three innings," said Mexico head coach Keith Louder. "A stagnate Mexico offense, couldn’t find a way to put any pressure on the Owls after the first inning."
Allowing three earned runs for Mexico on four hits and four walks in five innnings with four strikeouts was Zack Watkins. Baylee Dukes also pitched two innings for the Bulldpgs and gave up two earned runs on two walks and a hit.
"The big inning was the fifth. With the game tied at 1-1," Louder said. "Marshall had a runner on second with two outs when they drew two walks to load the bases. The next hitter hit a ball to the right field gap, just over the glove of right field Marquis Smith that resulted in four runs scoring."
Living up to his name for Mexico at the plate with a double, a single and a run in four at-bats was Ty Prince, Collin Clay was 1-for-3 with a double and Quinton Baumgartner had a double in four trips to the plate. Gage Worley and Cameron Baumgartner both went 1-for-3 for the Bulldogs, as well.
The Mexico JV, 5-1 overall, beat Marshall 9-4 in four innings in a contest highlighted by a combined 15 hits.
The Bulldogs, 2-10 overall, 1-5 NCMC, host North Callaway for a non-league game on Friday.