With an evening of inconsistent hitting and untimely errors in the field, Edon lost 7-0 to Defiance in its first game of the District 1 ACME Tournament on Friday at Sumpter Field.
The Bombers never had more than two hits in an inning past the first and committed four errors in the field.
“We’ve got to forget about this game and put it behind us,” Edon coach Preston Klingler said. “Come out with a new mindset tomorrow. Even though we had six hits, we really didn’t hit the ball like we have all summer long. We’ve just got to go back to the way we’ve been playing all summer long.”
Jacob Howard threw 6 2/3 innings for the Bulldogs before being removed with one batter to go due to his pitch count. He allowed six hits and struck out just three, but the Bombers were rarely able to make solid contact against him.
“Jacob does a good job throwing strikes, he doesn’t throw that hard, but he mixes his pitches and keeps guys off-balance,” Defiance coach Rob Held said. “He does a good job where if we give up a hit, he settles down.”
Austin Kiess was the only Edon batter to register more than one hit. None of Edon’s hits were for extra bases, either.
With Howard on the mound dealing, that left the opportunity for Defiance to play small ball and slowly extend the lead as the game wore on.
Defiance added one run in the second and two in the third, before breaking the game open with four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Aiden Muehlfeld got the start for Edon and threw five innings of five-hit ball before being taken out.
“For the most part, it was the same old same old, he came in and threw a lot of strikes,” Klingler said. “It just didn’t seem like he was all there tonight, he was gone for this last week. He hadn’t played at all for us, so I think that kind of hurt him. He’ll come back tomorrow and be a different player for us.”
And once the defense struggled behind Muehlfeld, the hill became that much bigger to climb for the Bombers, who couldn’t consistently hit Howard all game.
“Just going up there with an approach, I think a lot of times we get down in a game and kids just kind of lose the focus and they don’t go up there with the approach they should have,” Klingler said. “I think if we go up there with an approach, we’ll be alright tomorrow.”
Edon will play Fairview in an elimination game today at 11 a.m., whereas Bryan will play Defiance immediately after with a trip to the district championship on the line.
“We’re obviously familiar with Bryan, we’ve played Fairview, there’s really not much scouting to it,” Klingler said. “Just going out there and doing our job, playing baseball we know we can.”