Dunlap’s baseball fell to Canton at home April 23, 4-1.

Dunlap’s baseball fell to Canton at home April 23, 4-1.

“Again, our pitching did well and our defense played solid but Canton made some good plays that kept us from scoring,” coach Rod Hatch said.

Nick Mangieri pitched for the Eagles and struck out six batters and also cracked a triple from the plate.

The Eagles suffered a second loss in the game when Brandon Scroggins dived for a ball in the seventh and dislocated his shoulder.

Scroggins will miss the remainder of the season.

The team headed to Canton April 25 and won, 4-2.

“We played a great game,” Hatch said. “We got some clutch hitting with two outs from Conner Currier and Tyler Gudat, That was enough to get the job done.
“I was proud of the way the kids battled back from the tough loss Monday and losing Scroggins and went out and played great.”

Andrew Frankenreider pitched and sat down 12 batters on strikeouts.

“He throws really hard,” Hatch said. “He’s working on his off-speed pitches. His fastball is there, we’re just trying to work on placement of pitches. Although with 12 strikeouts, I’m definitely not complaining.”

The team lost both games of a doubleheader Saturday on the road to Eureka.

“That was another exciting game,” Hatch said. “I talked to their coach before the game and we came to the conclusion that we are similar teams. We are both getting good pitching and defense but are struggling to put the ball in key situations.
“I was proud of our guys overall, they played really well.”

Dunlap fell in the first game, 8-7.

 Brandon Lanier started and struck out two batters.

The team then lost, 5-2.

“That was a game where we went back to our old ways,” Hatch said. “We had mistakes defensively and we couldn’t put up anymore runs than the two we got.”

Gudat struck out four batters during the game.

Currier and Lanier had the team’s two RBIs.

“Really, I think we need to just keep doing what we are doing,” Hatch said. “They are working hard in practice and getting the job done. We need to keep working hard and hopefully build some momentum in the second half heading into Regional.”

The team next plays at 9 a.m. Saturday at home in a doubleheader against Princeton.

“I think we are definitely putting the bat on the ball in key situations more,” Hatch said. “We have managed to score some runs where previously we stranded them. We are having some guys who are being more aggressive and swinging at strikes rather than letting them go by and trying to work out of a hole.
“When we have faced adversity, we have come back to work with no signs of quitting and keep looking to improve.”