Despite a 4-run deficit in the fifth inning, Batesville almost came all the way back, eventually falling 5-4 to East Central on Thursday. The final play was a failed forced balk by the Bulldogs, resulting in a close play at the plate to end the game. Batesville scored three runs in the failed comeback on a double by Caleb Raab in the sixth, a walk by Quinn Werner in the seventh, and a fielder’s choice by Lane Oesterling in the seventh.The Buldogs opened up scoring in the first inning, as Werner drove in one when he tripled.East Central pulled away for good with four runs in the fourth inning. In the fourth Mitch Behrle singled on a 0-1 count, scoring one run, Zach Monhollen singled on a 1-1 count, scoring two runs, and Joe Bohman induced East Central to hit into a fielder’s choice, but one run scored.Simon Williams pitched East Central to victory. He allowed eight hits and four runs over six and two-thirds innings, striking out five.Bohman took the loss for the Bulldogs. He lasted six innings, allowing seven hits and five runs while striking out three.The Bulldogs totaled eight hits in the game. Werner, Trey Peters, and Calvin Sherwood all managed two hits for Batesville.The loss takes Batesville’s overall record to 5-2 and 3-1 in the EIAC. The Bulldogs will compete in the Doc Morris Invitational on Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th in Erlanger.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Justin Tucker.The Batesville JV Baseball dropped their second game in a row to East Central JV by a score of 7-3.After threatening in the first inning and getting Sophomore Short Stop Seth Gausman, who led the game off with a hit into scoring position the Bulldogs failed to drive him in and that was the theme of the night. The Bulldog hitters couldn’t seem to get that timely hit to plate runners. The Bulldogs accumulated 10 hits in all with two hits a piece by Seth Gausman and Devin Scripture.The Bulldog defense rebounded nicely from their 6 error performance on monday only committing one error and Sophomore Catcher Clay Grunkemeyer threw out 2 baserunners. Nate Eckstein took the loss during his 3 innings of work, evening his record to 1-1 on the year. Freshman Riley Zink came in and pitched 4 solid innings only surrendering 1 run on 2 hits while striking out 2 Trojan batters.The Bulldogs look to get back in the win column Saturday when they travel to East Central to play the Trojans at 10:30 a.m.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jason Meyer.