Playing on the road, St. Clair fell short in a pair of baseball games decided by two runs.

The Bulldogs (3-7) dropped decisions of 2-0 last Friday at Warrenton and 6-4 Monday at North County.

Warrenton

St. Clair managed just three hits in the loss to Warrenton.

Brenden Murphy pitched all six innings for the Bulldogs. He allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits with three walks, one hit batter and five strikeouts.

“Murphy pitched well and was a part of two huge double plays,” said St. Clair Head Coach Rob Hauck. “Defensively, we made some big plays to keep it at a close game. Warrenton could have easily broke the game open, but our boys played tough.”

Dylon Nappier, Greg Marler and Murphy each had one hit for the Bulldogs.

Jake Junker pitched the first five innings for Warrenton (5-2) to earn the win.

“We struggled against some very good pitching by Warrenton,” Hauck said. “We were finally able to get some runners on base late in the game, but were not able to come through to string some hits together.”

North County

St. Clair got a complete game pitching effort from Blake Dierking, but it wasn’t enough in the loss to North County.

“We did not show up ready to play. We attempted to try and get a rally going late, but it was too little, too late,” Hauck said. “We did not play our best. In high school baseball, that most commonly means a loss.”

In six innings of work, Dierking allowing six runs, four earned, on 10 hits with four walks, two hit batters and one strikeout.

Ayden Carey was 3-3 with a walk at the plate for the Bulldogs with two doubles, one RBI and one run.

Murphy collected two hits and one run.

Austin Gotway added one hit, one walk and two runs.

“There were some bright spots with Ayden going 3-3 and some other guys getting multiple hits, but overall, we did not play well,” Hauck said. “Hopefully we can back on the right track and play well in our next few home games.”