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The Louisiana Bulldogs baseball team had cruised to an unbeaten season until Monday, April 22, when they were pummeled at home by the Palmyra Panthers, 10-1.
Rainstorms that flooded the area and kept the Bulldogs off the diamond apparently didn’t help.
“I think we were a little rusty from not playing a game for two weeks and were limited on our time outside,” said Louisiana Head Coach Ryan Griffin.
“We did not play very well on defense. We made seven errors in the field and could not really do much right.”
With the score 1-0 for Palmyra in the third inning a rash of Louisiana errors and a few hits opened the floodgates. The fielding gaffes produced a 5-1 lead from which the Bulldogs could not recover.
In the bottom of the third inning, sophomore shortstop Dallas Castagna hit a long double into the right -center field gap.
Castagna later scored on a close play at the plate for the Bulldogs only run.
Sophomore pitcher Brandon Holland took the loss and gave up eight runs. However, only one of those runs was earned, due to all the errors.
Senior left fielder Dalton Channell had two hits as did junior first baseman Austin Baker. Senior second baseman Ryan Cashman also had a hit.
“We expect to bounce back and play good defense the rest of the way out,” Griffin said.
Louisiana is now 6-1 for the year.
The Bulldogs were scheduled to play at 5 p.m. at South Shelby on Tuesday, April 23 as the Press-Journal went to press, but rain was in the forecast.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to play at 5 p.m. at Monroe City on Thursday, April 25.
Louisiana is set to play on the road again at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 26 against rival Clopton High.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to return home to play Highland at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 29.