CRESTVIEW — A topsy turvey season continued for the Crestview High School baseball team Friday night when the Bulldogs stepped outside District 1-7A play to host Pace High School.
At times the Bulldogs couldn’t make the simplest of defensive plays as the Patriots scored eight unearned runs to take the 10-4 win.
“That was one of the worst displays of baseball I’ve seen in a long time,” Bulldog Coach Tim Gillis said. “I don’t know what the answer is, but I’m going to try and find it. I’m going to try and work I out and see what we can do.
“We’ve kind of hung in there in certain situations, but when you are playing good teams you can’t give up extra outs. Obviously that’s what we’ve done.”
Pace took the lead in the top of the first inning when leadoff man Tyler Sharp was safe at first on a Bulldog error and later scored on a base hit by Austin Brooks.
Crestview (7-6) rallied in the bottom of the second inning and pushed four runs across the plate to take the lead.
Hunter Willis led off the inning with a single. Willis was still on board to batters later when Jordan Chamberlain stepped to the plate.
A Chamberlain double scored Willis. Hunter Sullivan was next and drew a walk. Matt Gillis singled to score Chamberlain and Sullivan.
Gillis scored when the ball rolled into the Bulldog dugout as the Patriots tried to throw him out stealing third.
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs their bats went silent after the second inning as they managed just two more hits the last five frames.
Pace tied the game with three runs in the third. The big blow of the inning was a two-run homer by Brooks that came after another Crestview error kept the inning alive for the Patriots.
The Patriots scored another unearned run in the fifth inning and broke the game open with five runs in the sixth. Once again errors played a big role in big inning by Pace.
Bulldog starting pitcher Corey Armstrong worked into the sixth inning and took the loss. Armstrong gave up five hits and struck out five Patriot batters.
Patriot relief pitcher Chase Lambert picked up the win.
Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.