With the #11 ranked team in Division 4 coming into Indian River, the Bulldogs knew they would have to play a nearly-perfect game to earn a win or two.
Junior Ian Clancy took the mound, giving up 3 earned runs and 7 unearned runs through 4 innings of work after reaching the pitch count limit. Errors and missed opportunities on the offensive end was the story of the first game against the Snowbirds. With the bats no where to be found, the team struggled to find a way to claw back into the game, losing 11-0 loss in 5 innings.
“We had a lack of drive and determination when the goings got tough after the second inning. We have to make sure we’re fired up and pumped during every pitch and every at bat” said junior Ben Schramm following the loss.
In game two, Ben Schramm took the mound and looked dominant to start the nightcap. The Bulldogs again couldn’t quite find their bats and St. Mary’s kept the hot hand from game one. The Snowbirds took a 9-1 win to end the night. Stephen Wilson pitched in relief both games and had 3 impressive innings for the Bulldogs.
Inland Lakes (5-3, 2-2) travels to Forest Area on Thursday as they look to improve and regain confidence throughout the entire team.