The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep Baseball: Dog Fight

  • Bulldogs struggles continue in loss to Carbondale
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  • Not all that long ago, Harrisburg had won six straight baseball games and was a season-high six games over the .500 mark. Since then, the Bulldogs have been mired in a different streak.
    With Carbondale’s 8-4 victory over Harrisburg Friday afternoon at Dorris Heights, the Bulldogs have now dropped five in a row.
    Tied heading into the seventh inning, a three-run homer from Terrier first baseman Jordan Kelly dealt a serious blow to any chances Harrisburg (12-11) had at pulling out a win.
    “I told our guys we lost four games this week so I think we played 28 innings,” said Harrisburg coach Jay Thompson. “I thought we played very well for 24 innings, but we had a tough one here, and a tough one here. I still think we are very close to being a good team.”
    Carbondale (17-8) jumped out with three runs in the top of the first inning before Harrisburg responded with three in the bottom of the frame.
    The Terriers then added a run with a bases loaded walk in the second before Harrisburg tied things again when Cooper Thompson scored on a passed ball in the third inning.
    Bryce Emery started for the Bulldogs and worked into the second inning. He walked four and struck out a batter before giving way to junior Logan Boon.
    Boon worked an inning-plus before Aaron Johnson became the third pitcher used.
    Johnson (0-1), who suffered the loss, finished the rest of the afternoon on the hill for HHS. He struck out three and walked one in four innings.
    Carbondale righty Justin Hoffmann (3-1) worked six innings and got the win before giving way to Noah Thornburg in the seventh.
    Harrisburg managed to get base runners aboard in the seventh inning, but stranded a pair and left 10 on for the day.
    “Hoffmann just battled,” said Thompson. “He didn’t have his best stuff in the first inning and he kind of scuffled through a couple innings, but he continued to compete. The thing that impressed me the most about him was that he never struck anybody out until there were runners in scoring position, and then he was able to bear down and get a strikeout.
    Sykes Thompson, Cooper Thompson and Matthew Phipps all had two hits for the Bulldogs who will play at Pinckneyville on Tuesday.
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