The St. Clair baseball Bulldogs dropped a pair of tight games at home Friday and Monday.
Hosting Warrenton (5-2) Friday, the Bulldogs (2-6) took a 4-2 loss and were edged 8-7 in extra innings by North County (8-5) Monday.
Scoring both its runs in the second inning, St. Clair wasn’t able to generate enough offense to beat Warrenton.
The Warriors scored one run in the third, one in the fifth and two in the sixth to defeat the Bulldogs, 4-2.
St. Clair put together seven hits with three walks.
“We had a lot of base runners, but we hit into some bad luck with runners on base,” St. Clair Head Coach Mitch Lundy said. “Mason Dodson pitched a great game and it was unfortunate he couldn’t come out with the victory. Mason was in a lot of tough situations and he managed to pitch his way out of them. He showed a lot of confidence in his pitches and he made some big time pitches.”
Dodson lasted 4.1 innings on the mound, allowing two runs on five hits and five walks. He struck out eight Warrior batters.
Sam Oermann pitched 2.2 innings in relief. He allowed two runs on three hits and a walk with three strikeouts.
Michael Hughes collected a pair of hits for St. Clair, finishing the day 2-4 at the plate.
Dodson, 1-3, doubled and walked.
Timmy Hoffman and Johnny Kindel each went 1-3 with two stolen bases a run scored.
Zach Teems drove in one run.
Landen Roberts, 1-2, walked and stole a base.
Dalton Thompson went 1-4 and stole a base.
Clay Banderman reached on a walk.
The Bulldogs were charged with four errors in the contest.
“Defensively we played pretty well,” Lundy said. “The guys stepped up and made some big plays to keep the game close. Warrenton is a good team. If we play like this each and every day, we are going to win a lot of baseball games. I was extremely pleased with the way we bounced back after not playing well against Union the day before.”
The Raiders rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh and one more in the eighth to slip by the Bulldogs Monday.
“We played a good solid game, but unfortunately we came out on the wrong side of it. North County put a lot of pressure on us with their bats,” Lundy said. “They can really swing it. They are the 10th ranked team in class 4, for a reason. If we keep playing like this wins are going to come.”
Thompson took the mound for St. Clair and held North County to four runs on six hits and two walks over 5.2 innings. He struck out two batters.
Oermann pitched 2.1 innings in relief. He allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts.
“Dalton did a really good job of keeping them off balance,” Lundy said. “Dalton likes to live down in the zone, but we weren’t getting the strike calls down there, so he had to pitch up in the zone a little bit more. Which, isn’t good for any pitcher. But, he still battled and did a really good job. Sam Oermann came in relief and did a nice job for us. We made a couple (of) mistakes behind him, but we also made some nice plays. That’s baseball for you and unfortunately we came out on the wrong end.”
St. Clair compiled nine hits and drew 13 walks, but stranded 15 runners on base in the contest.
Roberts led the St. Clair offense with three hits, going 3-5 with a double, a stolen base and two runs batted in.
Dodson went 1-3 with a home run and three RBIs. He walked twice.
“Dodson hit his first home run of his high school career and I was really proud of him,” Lundy said. “He put a nice swing on it.”
Hughes went 1-2 with three walks, a stolen base and a run scored.
Thompson, Hoffman, Oermann and Teems each collected one hit.
Kindel, Banderman and Teems each walked twice.
Hoffman and Oermann drew one walk apiece.
Banderman, Hoffman, Kindel and Teems all scored one run each.
Hoffman stole two bases. Thompson and Oermann each stole one base.
St. Clair next plays Tuesday at Cuba. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.