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There was a party-like feel Monday afternoon at Bulldog Field.
With head coach Caleb Cole celebrating his birthday, Empire was hoping to give its skipper a present to remember.
Unfortunately, the only mood Ringling was in was a party-crashing one, as the Blue Devils walked away 12-0 victors in three innings.
“We had momentum going our way in the bottom of the first,” Empire coach Caleb Cole said. “But we just struck out looking and didn’t capitalize. It was simple baseball mistakes. I hope we can start playing clean baseball and making the routine plays. We can’t keep striking out either because those are hurting us out there.”
While Empire pitcher Mace Robinson escaped the first inning unharmed, thanks in part to a solid catch from Gunner Leseney in right field, he and the rest of the Bulldogs weren’t so lucky in the second.
Trevor Richardson and C.J. Burk each played a part in the first two runs of the game as Richardson’s RBI double gave the Blue Devils a 1-0 lead, before Burk scored his teammate on an RBI single.
Burk later scored on a botched throw to first base off a bunt, before Drue McElroy made it 4-0 with an RBI single to center field.
Zeb Willis finished off the inning with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-0.
Despite their best efforts, the Bulldogs bats went cold on the day as Empire could only muster one hit against RHS starting pitcher Taylor Pybas.
Burk and Barrett Morris combined to make it 7-0 in the top of the third inning, with each player registering an RBI hit.
McElroy and Willis then made it 9-0 for the Blue Devils before Pybas helped his own cause with a two-RBI triple.
Richardson plated the final run of the game with an RBI single in the top of the third.
Robinson took the loss on the mound for the Bulldogs, allowing 10 hits with two walks and one strikeout.