They battled heat, dust and a quality opening-round opponent for three days and when all was said and done, the Winder-Barrow High School baseball team was a run short.
After the Diamond Doggs and the visiting Alexander High School Cougars split Friday’s doubleheader, the two teams met again Saturday with the series and a trip to the second round on the line. In the end, Alexander held on for a 3-2 win and advanced.
The season ends for WBHS at 21-7 and a runner-up effort from Region 8-AAAA.
Clint Spratlin got the series started when he threw the first pitch at 4:32 p.m. Friday afternoon in a game played in weather which felt more like August. The pitch was a strike and the Diamond Doggs were on their way.
By the time the first game was over, WBHS had pouned out a 12-6 victory.
Spratlin improved to 8-1 going six innings in 90-degree
temperatures while allowing eight hits and four walks while striking out eight. Spratlin threw 115 pitches before Taylor Keinat closed out the seventh.
Max Pentecost set the tone offensively in the bottom of the first with a three-run homer.
The Bulldoggs jumped out to an 8-0 lead and appeared set to end the game after five innings. Alexander, however, began to chip away at the lead and it would take all seven innings before WBHS would secure a win.
Kevin Wolf had three RBI in the opener while Dylan Ivey and Keinat both drove in two runs. Taylor Hinshaw was 3-for-4 at the plate with a double.