The Carmi-White County Bulldog baseball team dropped two close contests to Black Diamond Conference East rival Fairfield during their series over the past week.
Fairfield 10, CWC 7 (Tue., April 9)
The Bulldogs out-hit the visitors ten to eight for the game at Eckerle Park, but the Mules rallied in the top of the seventh to steal the win.
After Fairfield jumped out to a 3-0 lead, CWC tied the score in the bottom of the third. Devin Rankin, KaCee Fulkerson, and Cal York supplied RBIs to square the score 3-3.
Fairfield reclaimed the lead 6-3 heading into the bottom of the fifth, only to watch the Canines cut into the deficit. With runners on second and third with two outs, a Mule error on a ground ball hit by York resulted in Cole Blazier and Gavin Brown scoring, making the score 6-5.
The score remained the same until the final inning. With two outs in the top of the seventh, Fairfield broke the game open. A combination of two walks and two home runs resulted in four runs to push the score to 10-5.
CWC rallied in the bottom of the seventh for two runs but came up short.
York (two RBIs), Blazier, Fulkerson, and Gia Berekashvili paced the maroon and white at the plate with two hits apiece.
Jason Mendenhall was saddled with the loss on the mound. The sophomore went 3.1 innings, giving up five runs on five hits, walking three, and striking out two.
Fairfield 3, CWC 1 (Thur., April 11)
But it was the sixth inning that Fairfield (13-2, 2-2) needed to slip past the Bulldogs at Veteran Park.
The Canines had a golden opportunity to jump on the Mules in the top of the second frame. After back-to-back singles by Mahon and Fulkerson, CWC had runners on the corners with no outs. The rally was cut short as two Bulldog strikeouts and a pickoff play by the Mules at third base to get Mahon got Fairfield out of the jam.
The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the sixth. After the Mules got their leadoff hitter Cade Carter on via base on balls, a groundout to first base advanced the runner to second with one out. Fairfield’s Alec Pruitt took a 1-2 pitch into the left field corner for a double, scoring Carter to take a 1-0 lead. A walk and a flyout put runners on first and second for Fairfield with two outs. Kane Hixenbaugh hit a shallow fly ball down the right field foul line, just out of reach of the Bulldogs. As a result, the single cleared the bases, giving the Mules a 3-0 lead.
Brown scored the lone run for the Canines in the bottom of the seventh, courtesy of a groundout by York.
Mahon, Fulkerson, William Ledford, and Ty Stubblefield had one hit each for the maroon and white.
Mahon was the losing pitcher of record. The junior went six innings, striking out five, walking four, and surrendered two hits in 80 pitches.