Baker baseball team continues to struggle

Published: Friday, February 28, 2014 at 12:15 PM.

Starting pitcher Austin Hicks had held Freeport scoreless, with just three hits. And, after a slow start, the Gator offense came up big in the fifth inning, pounding out four hits and scoring three runs.

Travis Farmer started things with a single to left.

That's when the fun began for the Gators. Henry rolled the dice and called for Farmer to steal second. When Bulldog second baseman Ryder Newman moved over to cover the base Baker's Jacob Nixon slapped a hit in the hole vacated by Newman moving Farmer to third.

The scenario was repeated as Alan Weidenhammer and Mason Lowery each found a gap between first and second base. Weidenhammer's hit scored Farmer and Lowery's base hit scored Nixon.

A sacrifice fly off the bat of Kyle Davis scored Weidenhammer and marked the end of the game for Freeport starting pitcher Bailey Miller. Miller was replaced by Dillon Bates, who got the Bulldogs out of the inning without any further damage.

Things went south on the Gators (1-5, 0-2) in the top of the sixth as Hicks began to tire and the Baker defense got a little shaky.

Freeport scored three unearned runs due to three Gator errors to tie the game at 3-3.

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