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While the theme of April Fool’s Day might have been laughter and practical joking, the mood at Donkey Stadium Monday afternoon was no laughing matter.
Against the Healdton Bulldogs, the Donkeys struggled to find the same rhythm which gifted them a win over HHS earlier this season, which eventually led to an 11-6 victory for the boys in blue.
“We just made mental mistakes and didn’t make plays when we had the opportunity,” B-D coach Cody Tutwiler said. “It kind of snowballed on us a little. It comes down to we’re still learning about certain game situations and we’ve got to get better production in certain situations.”
Things were looking good for the Donkeys up until the top of the fifth inning.
With a 4-2 lead, the Bulldogs started to chip away with Justin Scott making it a one-run game thanks to an RBI single which found its way to the outfield.
Bobby Holbrook tied the game at 4-4 with a bloop RBI single, before Justin Marshall gave the Bulldogs a 5-4 lead when he slapped a base hit to center field.
This lead to B-D starting pitcher Dylan Sparks being pulled in favor of Cody Watson, but the change didn’t immediately pay off.
Dylan Pickelsimer then hit a base hit down the third base line to score two more runs and give the Bulldogs a 7-4 advantage.
After Watson and Randy Jackson got the Donkeys within one run in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Bulldogs closed the door in the seventh with four more runs.
The biggest blow out of the four runs was a two-run inside the park home run by Caleb Pickelsimer.
Healdton initially took the lead in the top of the first inning through an RBI double courtesy of Lane Stewart which scored Tyler Shaw.
Sparks tied the game in the bottom of the half inning, with an RBI single after beating out the throw at first base to score Watson.
Heads up base running then gave B-D the lead as Jackson scored on a successful double steal attempt to make it 2-1.
Zac Smith then smacked a base hit which stayed inside the third base line to score Sparks and give the Donkeys a 3-1 lead.
Donn Spellman made it 3-2 in the top of the second with an RBI bunt attempt, which scored John Marshall.
Jacob Miller then gave B-D a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth when he scored on a throwing error.
Sparks took the loss on the mound for the Donkeys (6-7), throwing 4 and 2/3 innings of work, allowing eight hits with three walks and six strikeouts.
Lane Stewart got the win for the Bulldogs, going the distance striking out three batters while allowing six hits with two walks.
B-D will be back at home this afternoon against the Elmore City-Pernell Badgers with first pitch set for 4:30 p.m.