Prep Baseball: Errors plague Bulldogs in setback to Cavs
When one thing goes right, something else goes wrong for the Thomasville baseball team.
Plagued by numerous walks in recent games, the Bulldogs found the strike zone consistently Wednesday in a home game with North Rowan.
The defense has fared well for THS this season, but that was not the case against the Cavaliers. They committed four errors in two innings, spotting the guests from Spencer with a four-run cushion that turned into a 12-1 loss in just five innings at Finch Field.
“We did not walk as many today, but we obviously did not make the plays in the field,” said Thomasville head man David House. “It is like that hit record that keeps coming back. Everybody has their day against us because we are not helping ourselves.”
Two of the first three Cavalier batters got aboard via errors and they made the Bulldogs pay for the miscues. Chance Mazza, Javin Goodine and Jake Pritchard each scored to put NRHS up 3-0.
The bottom half of the inning saw the Bulldogs plate their only run of the day. Ja'hare Thomas doubled and swiped third base. He would make it home on a fielder's choice.
North tacked on two more in the second to go up four.
In the third, Thomasville was about to escape danger, but Brandon White came through with a triple to plate one, then scored himself on a fielding error. All of the damage was done with two outs.
Jake Pritchard scored a lone run in the fourth, before the Cavaliers scored four more in the fifth to take a 12-1 lead.
Thomasville needed two runs in order to prolong the game, but the best they could do was an infield single by Thomas, who went 3-for-3 on the afternoon.
After a 9-1 loss to the Cavaliers Thursday, THS finds itself at 0-8 in the Central Carolina Conference.
Thomasville has a pair of conference games left and both are winnable. They are against rival Lexington, who stands one game ahead of them in the standings at 1-7. At this point, House is not so sure they can capture at least one win in the series.
“The attitude has to change,” he said. “Right now we have that loser’s mentality, and until they get that out of their head no game is going to be winnable for us. But I am not going to let them quit. We are still going to keep working and come back tomorrow to see if we can get any better.”
White picked up the win on the hill for the 7-9, 5-3 Cavs.
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