The Foresters dropped to .500 in the MCC after a rough day of baseball
at Bethel on Tuesday. The Pilots handed Huntington back-to-back losses, 1-0 and 7-3.
Through a series of unfortunate events, the Foresters gave up what would prove to be the game-winning run in the Pilots’ first at-bats. Bethel’s lead-off hitter, Tony Bruns, drew a walk, stole second and then advanced to third on a fielder’s choice. HU pitcher Mitch Bowers was then called for a balk allowing Bruns to cross the plate uncontested. With the Pilots up 1-0 after the first inning of play, it was a pitcher’s duel the final six innings. Both teams went scoreless, combining for only five hits.
Bowers took the tough loss for the Foresters giving up one run on two hits and two walks while striking out six.
It looked like the Foresters were prepped for a big first inning to start the second game as they plated a run and then loaded the bases but their rally fell short as the Pilots’ defense held HU in check leaving three Foresters stranded. Bethel quickly matched that run and then some as they collected two hits and took advantage of a Forester error in their half of the frame to jump ahead 3-1. They went on to score two more in the second before the Foresters got one back in the top of the third. Bethel added two more insurance runs in the fourth. Adam Christner's RBI-single plated one more Forester run in the fifth but it wouldn't be enough as the Pilots went on to claim their second win of the day.
Xyan Adkisson was credited with the loss giving up six runs, five earned, on seven hits and a walk while striking out five. Travis Frantz led the Foresters with three hits and a run batted in.