Mishaps plague Bulldogs in 10-8 loss to Warriors

Ingram’s Warriors capitalized on Brady mistakes to win the final non-district baseball game in Ingram Tuesday night, 10-8. The loss dropped the Dogs to a 2-8-1 record for the season. “We just need to relax and focus on what we’re trying to accomplish,” Bulldog coach Bill Brown said Wednesday morning. “I believe most of this can be attributed to youth.” The Brady team committed seven errors and struck out 12 times. In addition to that, Bulldog pitchers walked six and hit two batters in the seven inning contest. On a positive note, Brown said that his more experienced players are stepping up. Brady outhit the Warriors, seven to five. “We have five younger kids who are beginning to connect with the bat. Others are starting to become role players,” the coach said. The Dogs took a 5-2 lead through the first two and one-half innings, but the Warriors came alive and were leading 10-5 through five frames. Brady added a pair of runs in the seventh. Chris Airheart started for the Dogs and was relieved by Blaine Whittington in the fifth. He was replaced by Jimmy Flores also in the fifth. Josh Gordner went six innings for Ingram and got the win. Airheart lost his second game of the year against one win. Warrior Robert Taylor was the game’s big hitter, slamming a two-run homer in the first and a double in the third inning. Casey Poe and Reed Williams each doubled for Brady, both coming in the three-run third inning. Highlights for the Bulldogs were: ‘Poe, 2 for 3, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 runs scored, 1 stolen base. ‘Jeremy Shields, 2 for 4, 2 runs scored, 1 RBI. ‘Airheart, 1 for 3, 2 runs scored. ‘Brandon Sammons, 1 for 3, 1 run scored. ‘Williams, 1 for 3, 1 double, 1 RBI. Through Brady’s 11 game non-district schedule, the Bulldogs are hitting a team average of .232. Leading batters are Chris Airheart with a .389, Trevor Rainey, .344; Brandon Sammons, .333; and Abraham Cortez, .300. Airheart also leads in home runs with one and RBIs with six. He also is among the top pitchers with a 1-2 record and an ERA of 3.57. Blaine Whittington has the best ERA on the Brady staff. He’s sporting a 1.55 ERA with 13.3 innings pitched. His record is 0-0. Ingram 10, Brady 8 Brady 023 010 2’ 8 7 7 Ingram 203 230 x’10 5 2 * * * The Bulldogs will open District 6-3 play here Friday (tonight) against the Ballinger Bearcats. Brown said he felt his Bulldogs would be competitive in the league.

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