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By Mike Motz
Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

Peetz Baseball Season Opens With Two Losses


March 22, 2019

Peetz’s Bulldog baseball team lost both ends of a doubleheader on Tuesday against the Briggsdale Falcons, after having their home opener against Prairie last Friday cancelled due to the recent snowstorm. New Peetz head coach Trevor Nienhauser has not had much time to prepare his team, and the Bulldogs should improve as the season progresses, as shown by the team’s improvement between the first and second games against the Falcons.

In the first game, the Falcon’s junior ace Tyler Blickem quickly shut down the Bulldog’s offense in the first inning, then the Briggsdale bats went to work in the bottom of the frame, putting up seven runs in their first at bat. Each team put up a run in the second inning, then after a scoreless top of the third for Peetz, Briggsdale teed off in the bottom of the third, plating 11 more runs. Peetz had a final shot in the top of the fourth to bring the Falcons lead to under 10 runs, but were only able to score one, ending the game in a 19-to-2 victory for Briggsdale.

In the second contest, the Bulldogs lit up junior starting pitcher Kaleb Brown for seven runs in the first frame to open the game with momentum. But Peetz junior starting pitcher Mike Turpin was unable to shut down the Falcon’s offense, and a few Peetz errors and fielding mistakes enabled Briggsdale to put up eight runs of their own in the bottom of the first inning. Peetz had a solid second inning offensively, putting up four more runs to take the lead, but the Falcons fired right back in their half of the frame plating five more runs to re-take the lead. Peetz had one more at bat that produced no runs, and the game was ended early due to weather, with the Falcons winning 13-to-11.

Peetz next faces Caliche on March 25, in a game that has been moved to Caliche due to snow covering the Peetz outfield fence. The game has been scheduled to start at 1 p.m..


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