Dawgs narrowly miss post-season

Wayne Craig/Clear Memories
The 2018 Bulldog baseball team will graduate six seniors from this year's squad. All of these athletes have displayed spirit, pride, and honor throughout their careers at BHS. Those seniors include, back row, Michael Rivera, Dalton Harned, Jared Langford, and Reid Dalrymple; front row, Ronin Rogers and Eric Edwards

By Wayne Craig

Bulletin Sports

The varsity Bulldog baseball team needed a few things to go their way last week in order to secure a spot in the playoffs. First they needed Leander Glenn to drop their Tuesday night game, and they did. Second they needed Leander Glenn to drop their Friday night game, and they did. But unfortunately for Burnet they needed to beat Liberty Hill Friday and they were unable to get the win. That left them in a play-in situation on Saturday with Glenn and that game also went against Burnet leaving them one spot out of the playoffs.

On Friday Liberty Hill built a 3-0 lead after three innings.

Burnet got on the board in the top of the fourth. Reid Dalrymple led off with a single to center and made it safely to second surviving a run-down. A dropped third strike throw-out allowed Dalrymple to advance to third. Burnet’s first run was the result of an error on the Panther’s short stop that plated Dalrymple and put Dalton Harned on first base. A pick-off at second base and a strikeout followed ending Burnet’s threat.

The Dawgs held the Panthers scoreless in the bottom of the fourth with some good pitching by Harned and defense by Dalrymple, Travis Gilmore, Jared Langford, and Dylan Wilson.

In the top of the fifth Griffen Parker got things started with a single and a quick steal. A sacrifice Wilson bunt moved Parker to third, and he soon moved the Dawgs closer with a run scored on a Gilmore sacrifice to center. The top of the fifth closed out with Burnet only tailing, 3-2, but the bottom of the inning was disastrous for the Bulldogs.

Burnet had a handful of errors in the bottom half of the fifth, that along with several hits resulted in the Panthers pulling away, 10-2.

The Bulldogs had a few opportunities late in the game. Dalrymple sent a monster shot to the fence to lead off the top of the sixth with a double, but a strikeout with bases loaded eventually ended the top half of the inning.

Neither team posted anymore runs and the Dawgs fell short, 10-2.

That set-up a must win play-in game for the fourth seed out of the district between Burnet and Leander Glenn on Saturday at noon in Liberty Hill.

The situation was simple. Win and you’re in, lose and you’re season is over.

Things quickly turned sour for the Dawgs. A couple of fielding errors and several left field hits left team green trailing 5-0 with just one half inning played.

In their first at bat the Dawgs loaded the bases with Gilmore, Denton, and Dalrymple and no outs. Langford put one in play that resulted in a fielder choice out but earned him an RBI as Gilmore crossed home plate. The first ended with the Dawgs trailing, 5-1.

Burnet retired the Grizzlies one, two, three to open the second, and then took full advantage of their time at the bat. With one out a Parker single followed by a Michael Rivera single put two on. Another out followed but a balk on Glenn’s pitcher put runners in scoring position at second and third. Before the inning ended Denton connected for a well timed double scoring Parker and Rivera and moving Burnet closer at 5-3.

Once again it was a quick three up three down by the Bulldog defense putting their batters back to work. Glenn returned the favor and the third ended scoreless for both groups.

Two Bulldogs errors to start the fourth followed by a centerfield single added a run for Glenn, 6-3.

Burnet stranded two in the bottom of the fourth, then suffered a similar fate in the bottom of the fifth leaving three on and when the sixth began it was still 6-3 Leander.

The top of the sixth was tough on the Dawgs. A costly error with bases loaded and two outs plated a pair of runs. A single followed adding another and when the sixth finally ended Burnet trailed, 9-3.

Burnet was unable to get anything else going offensively. Leander added one more run in the top of the seventh bringing the final to 10-3 Grizzlies.

The district will be represented by Salado, Liberty Hill, Taylor, and Leander Glenn in post season play.

The Dawgs say good-bye to six seniors this season; those athletes include Michael Rivera, Dalton Harned, Jared Langford, Reid Dalrymple, Ronin Rhoades, and Eric Edwards.

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