After losing to Menasha 7-6 at an away game on May 19, New London’s baseball team suffered a tougher 4-1 loss at Hatten Stadium two days later on Thursday, May 21.
The Bulldogs managed one run in the fifth inning while the Menasha Bluejays scored one in the third, another in the fifth and capped the game with two runs in the seventh.
New London’s Brayden Kurth batted in teammate Tylan Brown during the fifth inning for the team’s sole run.
Hunter Ferminich and Brown split pitching duties for the game.
Brown pitched four innings and gave up one run. He struck out three batters and walked three.
Ferminich pitched three innings and gave up three runs, of which two were earned. He struck out two batters and did not allow any to walk.
The Bulldogs were unable to stop Menasha batter Chris Van Handel who went two-for-three and managed three RBI.
Weather on the ball field proved inconsistent as innings alternated between heavy clouds, sprinkles and peeks of sunshine but temperatures remained steady in the lower to mid-70s.
On the road the Bulldogs fared better, defeating Green Bay East/West 7-5 on Saturday, May 23.
Lane Hanadel pitched a complete game and gave up nine hits and five runs, of which four were earned. Hanadel struck out four batters and walked one.
No single runner carried the team as seven boys crossed home plate: Kurth, Kyle Wolf, Tommy Thurber, Austin Hanson, Aaron Yorkson, Hanadel and Hunter Ferminich.
New London ranked last in the Bay Conference as of Tuesday according to Wisconsin Sports Network.