By Christy Suggs
Tuesday, March 7 the Bulldogs traveled to Haynesville to take on the Golden Tornados. The Tornados scored three runs in the first inning, but RR still managed to pull out the victory. Kenneth Lazarus started the game, allowing three hits and five runs over three innings, striking out six. Ethan Williamson came in to throw one inning in relief out of the bullpen. Tyler Hughes surrendered zero runs on zero hits over three innings, striking out eight and walking one. Bulldogs trailed 5-4 in the top of the sixth when John Dickey singled on a 3-2 count, scoring 2 runs. This gave the Bulldogs a victory over Haynesville, 6-5.
The next day Red River took on Haughton at home. They watched the game slip away early and couldn’t recover in a 14-2 loss. The Bulldogs once again struggled to put runs on the board caused by not getting anyone on base. Kade Martinez pitched, surrendering 11 runs on seven hits over 2 innings. Elthan Williamson came in and threw for 3 innings. Luke Williamson, Chris Carper, Tyler Hughes, and Logan Smith each managed one hit for the Bulldogs.
Saturday brought the Earl Martin Invitational Tournament to the Dawg Pound. Four teams competed in a true baseball tournament. Simsboro and Montgomery fought hard in a 12-inning battle for a chance at the winner’s bracket. Simsboro fell short 2-1 with Montgomery moving on.
Next up was the game between Red River and Downsville. This game was a confidence booster for the Bulldogs. They won with an easy 12-1 victory with John Dickey on the mound. Red River Bulldogs Varsity tallied 11 hits. Dickey, Kenneth Lazarus, and Chris Carper collected multiple hits for Red River Bulldogs Varsity. Carper, Lazarus, and Dickey all had two hits to lead Red River Bulldogs Varsity. Red River Bulldogs Varsity tore up the base paths, as three players stole at least two bases. Williamson led the way with three. Downsville had to play back-to-back games. They faced Simsboro for 3rd place. The Downsville team would not go down without a fight. They battled for 9 innings before falling short 11-12. Simsboro claimed 3rd place.
In the championship game, Montgomery and the Bulldogs met. Red River Bulldogs Varsity fell behind early and couldn’t make a comeback. The final score was a 9-2 loss to Montgomery. The Red River Bulldogs Varsity struggled to contain the high-powered offense of Montgomery, giving up nine runs. Montgomery got things moving in the second inning. Nelson drew a walk, scoring one run. Lasyone led Montgomery to victory on the pitcher’s mound. The ace surrendered two runs on two hits over seven innings, striking out six. Tyler Hughes took the loss for Red River Bulldogs Varsity. The righty allowed five hits and seven runs over six and a third innings, striking out eight. Hunter Tingle and Kenneth Lazarus each collected one hit to lead Red River Bulldogs Varsity.
The Bulldogs finished the week with a 5-5 record. Upcoming Games: yesterday, North DeSoto, Friday North Webster and Saturday the Bulldogs take on Minden and Calvin all at home.
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