(May 29th, 2015) – EDGERTON: A late attempt by Stryker to rally from behind was countered and put down by the hometown Bulldogs of Edgerton in the second game of a double header between the two teams. Despite some solid individual performances on the part of the Panthers, they weren’t able to overcome their hosts.
Stryker was defeated by Edgerton 6-2.
The Bulldogs got things going right away, scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the first inning. Stryker was able to clamp down defensively for most of the game’s remainder, holding Edgerton scoreless over the course of the next two innings.
Then, in the top of the fourth, the Panthers made their move. RBIs driven in by Tyrel Patterson and Chad Ruffer put 2 runs on Stryker’s side of the scoreboard. Yet, in the bottom half of the inning, Edgerton erased that work with two more runs of their own, maintaining their 4 run advantage. The top of the fifth proved fruitless for the visiting Panthers, allowing the Bulldogs to claim the victory.
Errors killed Stryker throughout the game. Committing 4 such mistakes, the Panthers saw their opponent make no errors.
Aside from the strong plate performances by Ruffer and Patterson, Austin Frisbe, a soon to be junior, also caught the attention of his coaches. With two of his trips to the batter’s box labeled quality at-bats, Frisbe was able to contribute to the Panther effort in ways that traditional stats may not have been able to notice.
Brody Shock took the loss on Stryker’s behalf, giving his squad a respectable four innings at the mound. The rising junior got off to a great start against most batters, throwing first pitch strikes against 19 of them. However, he wasn’t able to convert those great beginnings into strikeouts, catching just four Bulldog would-be hitters swinging.