Jay Bulldogs have run up against the Verdigris Cardinals twice in the last week, once on their ball park and once at the “Dawg Yard” and both outcomes hurt.
In Verdigris, the Bulldogs were shut out 7 to 0 and when the Cardinals came to Jay, the ending result was a 1 – 20 loss for Jay.
On Jay’s home field, the Cardinals racked up eight runs in the first inning and kept the Bulldogs from scoring in the first inning.
Verdigris added two more runs in each of the second, third and fourth innings while keeping Jay scoreless for all of first four innings.
At the top of the fifth, the Bulldogs switched out pitchers and brought in Kaden Budder #5 to pitch.
It took a bit for Budder to settle in as he walked his first batter when the ball hit the batter, then walked his second batter and the third batter nailed a double and brought in one run.
Batter number four clocked one over the fence for a home run and brought in two runners.
The infield was able to execute a double play, first at second and then catching the runner at first base.
Though Budder allowed a single and walked two more batters, the team didn’t allow any more runs as they snagged the next batter’s fly ball.
The Cardinal pitcher walked Tristan Dill #8 as Jay took the bats at the bottom of the fifth inning, then Kaden Kingfisher #9 smacked a single and Brody Winfield #7 was walked, which resulted in loaded bases.
Ryan Wiess #22 hit a sacrifice, resulting in Dill scoring the Bulldogs’ first and only run of the game.
Jett Gibe #2 hit a single, then Kazdion Mount #6 was beat out at first, then Budder’s at bat ended the game as the referees called the game due to the ten-run rule.
Coach Mike Moore’s observations of the game were: “Didn’t show up ready to play; had a couple of calls not go our way and we didn’t respond like we should.
We are having a little difficulty of putting things aside and staying in control of the game and ourselves.”
The Bulldogs went on and played the Oolagah Mustangs on March 28.
The first inning both teams were tied 3 to 3, but as the Bulldogs scored two runs in the second inning, the Mustangs answered with five runs of their own.
The third inning hurt more as Jay added only one run and Oolagah added seven runs.
Jay didn’t score anything in the fourth inning while Oolagah tagged on another run, causing the game to be called due to the ten-run rule, ending the game Jay 6, Oolagah 16.
On April 1, Jay traveled to Grove for a rivalry game, then on April 2 the Bulldogs hosted the Ridgerunners in the “Dawg Yard” for what promised to be two good games, as both teams will come “ready to play.”