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Three not enough for Dawgs

Three not enough for Dawgs
Three not enough for Dawgs | Gleason Bulldogs, baseball, Austin Sullivan, Bruceton Tigers, Jason Stephenson, nicky spain, cody ezell, gabe lowrance, district 13-a baseball

Turn Two — Gleason second baseman Austin Sullivan takes the feed for the force at second base and turns to throw to first to finish the double play in the Bulldogs’ season-ending 8-5 district tourney loss to Bruceton Wednesday. Photo by Stephanie Stu
The Gleason Bulldogs’ struggles at the plate resulted in an end to their season with an 8-5 loss to the host Bruceton Tigers in the first round of the District 13-A Baseball Tournament Wednesday in Bruceton.
The Dawgs managed only three hits in the loss.
“It’s hard to win with only three hits. They (Bruceton) hit the ball when they needed to and we didn’t,” first-year GHS head coach Jason Stephens said. “We showed a little fight at the end, but it was too late.”
Gleason had its chances, stranding seven baserun-ners, most reaching via walks. The game ended with Dawgs on second and third after Nicky Spain singled and Conner Verdell doubled with one out.
After plating two runs in the first inning thanks to a hit batter, a walk and an error, the Dawgs were silent for the next four inning. Seniors Cody Ezell and Spain scored for Gleason.
The Tigers knotted the score in the home half of the first with only one hit. Gleason starter Gabe Lowrance walked a pair and hit a batter, but also recorded two strikeouts. The damage could have been greater as he stranded three Tigers.
Gleason drew a pair of walks in both the second and fourth innings, but left all four Dawgs on base.
The score remained 2-2 until the bottom of the fourth when Bruceton plated four runs with three solid singles and a bunt for a hit. Lowrance and senior reliever Ryan Richardson also allowed three walks as Gleason trailed, 6-2. The Tigers added an unearned run in the fifth to lead, 7-2.
The Dawgs finally took advantage of two walks in the sixth when Lowrance came through with a two-run double to plate Blake Taylor and Hunter Morse. Lowrance later scored on an error to cut the gap to 7-5.
Bruceton added its eighth run in the bottom of the sixth inning to win 8-5.
“This has been a good group. I think we’re a lot better than our record. We’ve had a lot of heartbreakers,” Stephens said of his first team.

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