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April 8, 2013

Indians commit costly errors in loss

COMANCHE — Their opponent No. 16 Sulphur came to play, but it was self inflicted wounds that doomed the Comanche Indians baseball team Monday.

The Indians (5-11) allowed five runs on errors and walked 15 batters en route to a four inning 17-3 defeat to the Bulldogs (11-5).

“You’ve got to do the small things right, teams are going to get hits when you give them chances like that,” Indians coach Nick Reed said. “I felt like we did a decent job making sure they didn’t hit the ball too hard, but when you allow three or four walks and then an error the runs start to rack up quickly.

Sulphur wasted no time getting on the board, scoring five runs off pitcher Hunter Rice in the first inning.

Not a single run in the inning was earned.

Comanche first fell behind when shortstop Zach Young missed Cody Crow at first base, with two Bulldogs runs coming in. Third baseman Chris Van Owen then dropped a pop fly at third baseman to allow a third run and Young overthrew Crow a second time to give Sulphur a 5-0 lead.

The Indians fought back in the inning’s bottom frame, scoring two quick runs. Senior Kale Reed got the rally going by ripping a single down the third base line and Johnathon Robinson put the pressure on by reaching first on a ground ball to third. A Sulphur throwing error on a ground ball brought the pair home.

Comanche scored its third and final run in the third inning when Rice scored Robinson on a sacrifice fly to center field.

From that point on, Comanche’s issues with control on the mound became the difference. Rice walked four batters in the third before being replaced by Crow, who opened by walking his first four batters. As Comanche failed to locate their pitches, Sulphur took full advantage. The Bulldogs scored 12 runs between the second and fourth innings, including a three run home run off the Comanche scoreboard, to run rule the Indians.

“They’re going to hit the ball, they hit well and they’re a well coached team,” Reed said. “We can’t give that many chances to any team we face.”

The Indians will be back on the diamond today when they take on local rival Velma-Alma.

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