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By LARRY GOFFINET
LEOPOLD—Problems with pitching control and defense hurt Perry Central in a 17-8 PLAC baseball loss to Crawford County Thursday.
Perry Central outhit the Wolfpack 8-7.
But the Commodores committed nine errors, walked nine batters, threw five wild pitches, committed two balks, and saw two runners reach base on dropped third strikes.
The Wolfpack scored 10 runs in the third inning on five hits. Four walks, three errors and two wild pitches also contributed to that inning.
“We’ve got to find a way to keep innings from getting away from us like that,” said Perry Central Coach Phil Zellers. “We weren’t mentally in the game from the beginning.
“Defensively, all the way around we made physical errors and mental errors. We gave away too many extra runs and dug ourselves a hole.”
The Commodores tried to rally, scoring five runs in the bottom of the second and two in the third to pull within four runs of the Wolfpack at 11-7.
Wolfpack starter Brandon Cate also had some control problems, walking four in the second inning.
Rosendo Gonzalez hit a two-run single for the Commodores in that inning. They also got an infield single by Trey Mullis, an RBI single by Alton Cummings, and a sacrifice by Michael Landers.
Perry Central’s two third-inning runs came on just one hit, a single by Landers.
Two errors, a walk, a wild pitch, and Cummings’ sacrifice fly also contributed to that rally.
The Commodores scored their final run in the sixth on a single by Gonzalez and a double by Anthony Mosby.
Gonzalez, Landers and Mosby each finished with two hits. Gonzalez and Cummings each drove in two runs.
Austin Linne pitched the first two innings for Perry Central to take the loss, though only one of the 10 runs against him was earned.
He gave up five hits and four walks and struck out none.
Anthony Mosby gave up no hits in the next three innings before tiring in the seventh, when he gave up an infield hit and two walks and hit one batter.
Two wild pitches, an error, and a dropped third strike also contributed to the Wolfpack scoring five unearned runs that inning.
Perry Central came closer Wednesday in a 4-1 road loss to Southridge.
The Commodores loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the seventh on a single by Mosby, a double by Mullis, and an error.
Mosby was forced out at home on a fielder’s choice, though. Landers then hit a line drive that the Raiders turned into a game-ending double play.
Perry Central committed six errors in that game and got outhit 8-4.
Linne hit a sacrifice fly to drive in the Commodores’ only run.
Gonzalez pitched a complete game for Perry Central, walking one and striking out none.
Perry Central, 1-5, will visit Cannelton today at 4:30.
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Perry Central 000 001 0 - 1 4 6
Southridge 200 011 x - 4 8 1
Gonzalez and Cummings; Messmer, Sollman (6) and Nordhoff. W-Messmer. L-Gonzalez (0-1). Save-Sollman.
2B-Mullis, PC; Brewer, SR.
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Crawford Co. 0(10)1 001 5 - 17 7 2
Perry Central 052 001 0 - 8 8 9
Cate, Novak (3) and Carlton; Linne, Mosby (3), Hubert (7) and Cummings. W-Novak. L-Linne (1-2).
2B-Knieriem, CC; Mosby, PC. 3B-Cate, CC.