The Bulldogs junior varsity baseball team got back in the winning column beating their conference opponent Franklin County by a final score of 13-2.
The game was close for six innings as the Bulldogs were only up one run going in the sixth inning. That is when the Bulldogs broke out the bats and put up a ten run inning that allowed them to bury the Wildcats.
The Bulldogs got out to the early lead in the second inning. Adam Cox led off the inning with a line drive single and after two outs Seth Gausman got one of his 3 hits on the night to advance Cox to third. The next batter was Lleyton Ratcliffe and he collected two RBI’s on his line drive to Center field. The very next inning Alex Smith stepped up to the plate and doubled to drive in Drew Kiefer. In the fifth inning Pitcher Clay Grunkemeyer got in a little trouble after surrendering a lead-off double and an error the Wildcats managed two runs to tighten the margin to one run. That is when the Bulldogs had the huge inning. In the sixth inning alone Seth Gausman collected two hits. Lleyton Ratcliffe and Adam Cox each had doubles. The Bulldogs accumulated 11 hits in all with multi hit games by Gausman, Grunkemeyer, Smith, Cox, and Ratcliffe. Not only did they hit well but they stole 12 bases. Grunkemeyer, Devin Scripture, Ratcliffe, and Kiefer each had two stolen bases a piece.
Although one error was committed the Bulldogs played solid defense including a huge double play turned by middle infielders Gausman and Riley Zink to end the fourth inning with runners in scoring position for the Wildcats. Clay Grunkemeyer pitched 5 innings in the victory allowing two unearned runs and striking out 3. Casey Werner came in to pitch the sixth and shut the door striking out two of the three batters he faced.