The Lions baseball team lost by one to the Star City Bulldogs on Thursday at home. The Lion defense held Star City to only two runs, but the Lions were only able to get one run across.
The first Bulldog batter got on base, but was left stranded after two catches on second by Brayden Berry and a strikeout that brought the Lions in to bat.
Nigel Lewis was thrown out at first and Gavin Harrod lined out to center field. Rice and Connor Jones both got on base with singles to the outfield but were left stranded when the pitcher caught Toby Spulock’s line drive.
The Lions took the field and even though two Star City batters walked on base, they weren’t able to score.
Berry caught a line drive on second base and threw the runner out at second for a double play.
Nick Bridges caught the third out in left field and the Lions came in to bat but didn’t score.
In the top of the third, the Lions got the first two batters out, but a double hit to center field set Star City up to score. The next batter knocked the runner in for the first Bulldog run. Rice struck a batter out and the Lions came in to finish the inning.
Berry opened with a single and Lewis followed with a hard ground ball to left field moving Berry to second. Harrod hit a sacrifice bunt to move the runners around, but they were left stranded when Rice popped out and the third baseman caught Jones’s line drive.
Neither team scored in the fourth inning, but Star City managed to get another run around in the top of the fifth.
In the bottom of the fifth, Berry struck out, but Lewis walked on base. Harrod was out with a pop fly to right field, but Lewis tagged up to third base. Rice knocked Lewis in for the only Lion run of the ball game.
Star City got runners on base in the sixth and seventh inning, but the Lions were able to keep them from scoring again.
The final score was 2-1.
The Lions were scheduled to play Warren on Monday, but results were not available at press time. The Lions will travel to El Dorado on Thursday and will host the Crossett Eagles on Monday night.