PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg High School Purple Dragon baseball team continued their midseason skid, losing their second game in a row, this time to visiting Saint Thomas Aquinas, 8-2.
The Dragons now have a week off before their next game against Baxter Springs.
“It's going to be nice to get some extra practice in,” Pittsburg baseball coach Keith Matlock said. “We need to get in the batting cages and fix some things offensively. Dylan White came out and pitched great, and we have been pitching well in our last few games, so now it's time to lock in on fixing our offense.”
Compared to their last game at Jaycee Ballpark, a 5-1 defeat on Saturday to Willard where the wind was a huge factor in the game, the weather was much warmer, although a light breeze did make a appearance at the ballpark late in the game.
After the Saints brought home two runs in the opening frame, Pittsburg cut into the lead in their half of the inning. Chase Curtis reached base on a walk, and Jerek Butcher got hit by a pitch to reach first and advance Curtis.
Trenton Austin’s bunt down the third base line moved the runners to scoring position, and Ben Boekhout brought home Curtis after grounding out to make the score 2-1.
Both teams relied on their pitching through the midpoint of the game, as neither team would score again until the sixth inning. White had good control on his pitches through the middle innings, forcing ground balls and fly outs to the infield to keep Pittsburg in the game.
In the top of the sixth Chase Elias would add to the Saints lead after crossing the plate on a error, the beginning of a six-run inning for St. Thomas Aquinas. Two-run RBI doubles from Brendan Ryan and Kendall Diggs sparked the Saints in the inning.
Joe Rost and Will Swanson contributed with RBI singles to extend the lead to 8-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth.
The Dragons displayed resiliency in the seventh, starting with Brett Weimers opening the frame with a base hit. In the next at-bat Butcher would hit a single to the shortstop, whose errant throw to first allowed Butcher and Weimers to advance to second and third.
Tye Cicero’s sacrifice fly to right field brought home Weimers.
Alex Kafka, Caden Bressler, Cicero, Butcher and Weimers had one hit each for Pittsburg.
The Dragons play Baxter Springs at 4:30 p.m. on Monday at Jaycee Ballpark.