When you commit more errors than you have hits well, you’ve got to figure it’s probably not going to end well.
Such was the case for Northside in its 3-0 Region 1-AAAAAA loss Houston County, Tuesday at home.
The Eagles committed six errors – the Bears did have three. Their hits were five – as was Houston County’s. All but one of the miscues contributed to a run. The Bears scored their first in the second. That came via a one-out single by Chandler Ring – the winning pitcher. He was lifted for courtesy runner Chandler Dawson – he also tossed a couple of innings later on. Dawson moved to third on Conner Martin’s double. Christian Cook walked to load the bases before Jacob Profitt hit a long fly to left for the RBI.
Houston County’s second run came in the third. Austin Hittinger led off the inning with a walk and scored on Lawson Trawick’s sacrifice fly. A ground out got him to second, but an error allowed him to reach third. The final run was scored in the fifth. Two errors were a part of that one but Austin Hittinger’s double leadoff double got it started and Austin Langford’s double brought him in.
Runners left on might have played a big role in the loss in the eyes of the Eagles. True enough, they stranded 12. On the flip side of that, however, the Bears left 10 on.
Nevertheless, Northside did leave the bases full in the first and third. It left one on in the third and fourth, two on in the fifth, one on in the sixth and two more in the seventh.
Houston County stranded two in the first and second, one in the third, two on in the fourth, fifth and sixth.
Dylan Franks was the only Eagle with multiple hits – the Bears didn’t have any with two or more. Franks was 2-4.
Ring worked five innings. He gave up the five hits, struck out six and walked two. Dawson struck our four and walked one.
Austin Mathew took the loss. He threw four innings, giving up three hits and two runs while walking two. Noah Walker worked the final three. He gave up the other two hits and a run while fanning one.
The win improved Houston County’s division record to 6-4 (10-14 overall). Northside fell to 1-6. The two will square off again Friday in a doubleheader at the home of the Bears. First pitch for that is set for 4:30 p.m.
Elsewhere, Perry fell to Spalding 7-4. That gave the Jaguars the series edge 2-1. It also kept them in front in the Region 2-AAAA standings at 8-4. The Panthers fell to 5-7, which left them in fifth with three division games left against a 2-10 Howard team.
Perry did hold the lead early. Both scored a run in the first, with the Panthers going up 3-1 with a pair in the second. Spalding answered that with one in the bottom half of the inning and then went out front for good with two in the third and three in the fourth. Perry’s final run came in the seventh. It was out-hit 10-6 and committed three errors. Jackson Farrell had three of the Panthers’ hits. He was 3-4 with three RBIs and one scored.
John Micah Law took the loss. He worked five innings. He gave up the hits and the runs while striking out five and walking two. Caleb Battles threw a perfect inning, striking out the side.