Hot bats, great pitching result in more victories for powerful Bulldogs
Timely hitting and outstanding pitching have produced an 8-1 season record the Louisiana Bulldogs baseball team so far.
In last week’s action:
This would have been a big score for a football team as the Bulldogs did everything right at home on Monday, April 7 against the Indians.
Louisiana erupted for 18 runs in the fourth inning to invoke the 10-run rule for the five inning game.
Junior Hank Calvin was the winning pitcher, walking four and allowing only one hit over four innings while striking out four. Junior Justin Lenz relieved him in the fifth and gave up one hit while striking out three for the save.
Sophomore shortstop Zach Richardson was a dynamo, going six-for-six with a triple, a double, two RBIs, a stolen base and five runs scored.
Senior first baseman Austin Baker drove in six runs with two hits and a sacrifice, walked once and also scored twice.
Senior infielder Dustin Green drove in three runs with a pair of doubles and scored twice. Lenz had two RBIs, a double and scored twice.
Junior center fielder Dallas Castagna went two-for-five with a double, one RBI and two runs scored.
Junior catcher Collin Stark went three-for-three, walked twice, scored three times and knocked in two runs.
Senior outfielder Zach Martin had a hit and scored three times. Calvin had one hit, one RBI, and scored once.
Junior designated hitter Brandon Holland went two-for-three. Sophomore infielder Dylan Noah walked and scored twice, as did senior outfielder Austin Rule.
Junior outfielder Ryan Pursifull had one hit, one RBI and scored once. Junior second baseman Spencer Brown had an RBI and scored twice.
The Bulldogs snuck in a road game on Tuesday, April 1 and the April Fools jokes weren’t on them.
Holland pitched eight innings, giving up eight hits, a walk, two earned runs and striking out seven. Castagna came on in relief in the seventh and got a strikeout.
Green erupted at the plate, going three-for-four with two singles, a walk and a home run. He scored twice and had an RBI.
Richardson had a hot bat, going three-for-five with three runs scored and two RBIs.
Baker had a hit, two walks, two RBIs and scored twice.
Castagna had a hit, walked twice, scored once and had three RBIs.
Lenz went two-for-five and had two RBIs. Stark had a hit.
The JV Bulldogs lost to Payson, 8-1.
Sophomore pitcher Lane Rule went three innings, gave up six hits, five earned runs, two walks and struck out seven.
Freshman Chris Wharton relieved, giving up one run and a walk.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to play at the Montgomery County tournament on Wednesday, April 9 in Auxvasse. Louisiana will play Bowling Green at 4 p.m. and North Callaway at 6 p.m.
Louisiana plays on the road against Pittsfield at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11.
The Bulldogs stay on the road at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 14 at Elsberry.