LESTER PRAIRIE – The chances and opportunities were there for the Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity baseball team. They simply just couldn’t take advantage.
A rough start for the Bulldogs in the first inning didn’t hang with them, but they were unable to get the key hits when needed as they fell short against New Life Academy in a 4-1 loss on their home field Tuesday evening.
LP/HT had just four hits in the loss, but still had several chances to get back in the game. After senior Trevor Schuette on the mound rebounded after a tough inning, LP/HT had multiple opportunities to change the momentum in the game.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Zach Jackson led off the inning with a single. Riley Heimerl kept things going with a walk, and the Bulldogs had runners on first and second with just one out. LP/HT would strand both runners to end the inning, letting a chance to cut into the lead slip away.
Even in their last at-bat, the Bulldogs had a chance. After the first two batters were retired to start the inning, senior Dylan Ruzicka gave the Bulldogs some life. His second hit of the game kept things alive for the Bulldogs, with Jason Zimprich coming to the plate. Zimprich kept things rolling by drawing a walk, but once again, the Bulldogs were unable to find the clutch hit. For the game, LP/HT left eight men on base.
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