CLARINDA — Atlantic’s baseball team once again proved they have fight in them.
Down 4-0 going into the fifth inning against Clarinda Thursday ngiht, the Trojans struck for three runs on two hits and took advantage of two errors by the Cardinal defense to make it a one-run game.
Unfortunately for the Trojans, that fifth inning was where almost all their highlights happened.
A strong pitching effort by Cardinal starter Jakob Childs and the rest of his pitching staff held the Trojan bats in check pretty much all night in a 5-3 loss at the Clarinda A’s historic Municipal Stadium.
The fifth inning started with Bodie Johnson reaching base on an infield single. Courtesy runner Dayton Templeton stole second as Nathan Behrends went for the fake bunt. Templeton moved into scoring position on Behrends’ grounder to third, then scored on a nice bunt by Colin Mullenix.
Mullenix reached, and Sturm got aboard on an error at first base. Chase McLaren then moved the runners over before they eventually scored.
The Trojans are doing some good things offensively. It’s just they’re not doing them enough times.
“Too many strikeouts,” said coach Joe Brummer, referring to eight K’s by Childs, while limiting the Trojans to four hits on the night. “Can’t really do much with that.
“When we put the ball in play, good things happen with our speed. We’ve just got to limit the strikeouts. He (Childs) did a really good job throwing strikes and consistently throwing strikes.”
The Trojans fell to 2-8 overall, 1-8 Hawkeye Ten, as they seek to return to the win column tonight at Red Oak. The Trojans and Tigers met May 23 at Atlantic, with the Tigers escaping town with an 8-7 win.
“We’ve got Brody O’Brien throwing on the mound for us and hopefully he’ll throw a lot of strikes for us, and we’ll bounce back for a win,” said Brummer.