CARROLL – Thursday’s Mid-State League-Buckeye Division game between visiting Fairfield Union and Bloom-Carroll was a classic case of one team still learning how to win and another that expects to win.
The Falcons held a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning and had chances early on to score more runs, but base-running mistakes and not being able to come up with a clutch hit ended up costing them.
The Bulldogs started slow, but when they got their opportunities, they took advantage, and it was enough to carry them to a 10-2 victory.
“You have to maximize opportunities because, if you don’t, when they get their chance, they will take advantage of it,” Falcons coach Chris Weber said. “You can’t let those opportunities go by the way side. You have to step up and deliver.
“You just can’t beat yourself. You can’t give them freebies, and you can’t give them extra bases. We just have to get to that point where we aren’t hoping to hit the ball; we have to expect to hit it in clutch situations.”
Bloom-Carroll (11-1, 5-0) finished with 12 hits and walked 10 times. Senior Roger Danison led the way. He reached base five times, going 4-for-4 with a walk and had three RBIs.
The bottom of the Bulldogs’ order also had a big day with the last three hitters — Vince Kerr, Jake Robinson and Jack Griffith — going a combined 6-for-8 and drawing four walks. Robinson was 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Griffith finished with two hits.
“The last few games we have started late, as far as scoring runs, so it was nice to be able to score some runs earlier, because it’s hard to win when you put pressure on yourself at the end of a game” Danison said. “It was really good to get the bats rolling and get a good win.”
The Bulldogs were coming off a 2-1 win over Liberty Union on Wednesday that saw them score the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
“We’ve struggled hitting a little bit as far as not being able to put a solid inning together,” Bulldogs coach Brian Thacker said. “It seemed like that early in this game. We were finally able to break through where we strung a couple hits together.”
The Faclons (4-6, 0-3) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning after Jaden Rowland walked. He moved to third on Braden Heston’s double and scored on Tyler Hill’s single.
But the Falcons blew an opportunity to score more runs after Brock Newman walked to load the bases with one out. All runners were left stranded after a fly-out and a strikeout.
After Bloom-Carroll tied it in the second inning on an RBI double from Robinson, the Falcons took the lead in the fourth, scoring on a wild pitch. The Bulldogs took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth when they scored five runs.
Bloom-Carroll had four hits and two walks in the inning. Robinson, Danison and Seth Paszke all had an RBI in the inning. The Bulldogs would add a run in the fifth to take a 7-2 lead and would tack on three more runs in the sixth.
Hill and Thomas Green had two hits for the Falcons, who used four pitchers. Bloom-Carroll sophomore Izaiah Withrow picked up the win in four innings of work, and Alex Seagraves pitched the final three innings.