The Lions starting pitcher, Robert Ragle, struggled early on the mound, allowing three runs in the first inning. Then he settled down and held the Farmers batters at bay as he pitched 4.5 innings and turned the game into a defensive battle.
In the top of the first inning the Farmers took a quick lead. After walking the first two batters a liner was hit into left field and deep ball that was hit to the center field wall gave the Farmers led 3-0.
The Lions bats were silent for most of the game and would go three-up and three-down in the bottom of the second inning.
The Farmers threaten to score again in the top of the third inning. With men at third and second base, Ragle worked himself out of the jam and force the Farmers to fly and ground out leaving two men on base. But the Lions couldn’t get on base in third inning and the Farmers held on to a 3-0 lead.
In the top of the fourth inning, the Farmers had a man on first after he walked. Then the Farmers hit into a well executed double play by Durant. After Ragel walked a batter, Brandon Maynard came in for relief and struck out the last batter of the inning.
Lions Tanner Gwin came in for relief in the top the sixth inning and pitched the rest of the game.
Both teams found it hard to get on base, but it was extremely hard for the Lions as they didn’t get a hit until bottom of the sixth inning.
Hunter Stephens led off the bottom of the sixth inning for Durant. He stepped into the batters box and smoked the a pitched down the first base line for a standing triple. Then Keaton Webb hit the second pitch he saw into the outfield for a SAC- FLY to cut into the Farmers led 3-1. However, the Farmers answered back.
In the top of the seventh inning, the Gwin found himself in a pinch with bases loaded. But he fought his way through and allowed only one run to cross the plate.
However, the Lions couldn’t rally and fell to the Farmers. 4-1.
The look to rebound tonight as they play McAlster at 7:00 p.m.