Bulldogs swept at Wellsville
Wellsville Two measly runs. That was all that separated McLouth High's baseball team and its Thursday opponent, Wellsville.
The Bulldogs lost a pair of heartbreakers in a road doubleheader, falling 7-6 and 8-7.
What's more, MHS (2-2) entered the final frame of both contests with a lead.
In the first game, McLouth led 6-4 entering the bottom of the seventh and in the second game the Bulldogs led 7-4 after four and a half innings.
Ultimately, coach Clay Mayer said, it was pitching or lack thereof in cold conditions that led to the close losses.
"Both teams struggled at the mound. The cold weather wasn't doing us much of a favor, as it turned out that the team who won gave up the least amount of walks," Mayer said.
MHS pitchers allowed nine walks to Wellsville's seven in game one, and walked seven in game two while WHS walked four batters.
MHS junior Vinny Gonzalez led McLouth hitters in the first loss. The first baseman went 4-for-4 with a double and scored two runs.
Freshman second baseman Brad Kabus was 3-for-3 and batted in a run in game one. He followed that up with two hits and another RBI in the second game.
Mark Stewart also had two hits in game two and shortstop Cody Winborn had two RBI.
The Bulldogs will begin Delaware Valley League play on Monday at Oskaloosa at 4:30 p.m.