By Brian Besch
Contributing Staff Writer
A rough evening against one of the state's better teams left Corrigan-Camden on the short side of a 14-1 loss to Central Heights Thursday on the Bulldog campus.
"We competed at the plate better than we have been lately," Bulldog Coach Kevin Purvis said. "We put a bunch of balls in play, but when you're playing the third ranked team in the state, they generally make most of the plays that are right at them. They did that tonight, so hats off to them."
Blue Devil Hudson Arrant tossed five innings of one-run ball, allowing two walks that hurt him in the fourth. He gave up just two hits, while striking out six.
"They're loaded and have seven or eight guys they can throw and keep the ball around the plate with pretty good pop on it," Purvis said. "They're tough."
With some sore arms in the rotation, Chris Cobb got the start on the mound. The young pitcher recorded two strikeouts in two-plus innings of work, but the Blue Devils tagged him for nine runs. Hank Bostock then took the mound from right field and gave the Bulldogs three innings.
"The first kid we put up there was a freshman and hasn't gotten much work. He's been sick, but I thought he came out and threw well. There were couple of balls that were hit hard, but I wanted to get him some work.
Hank came and threw strikes and shut them down for us."
Down 12-0 in the fourth inning, the Bulldogs were still giving full effort to mount an offensive attack. With two outs and no one on, Osiel Ramirez reached by a walk and Levi Hurley followed with an additional base on balls.
A passed ball allowed both runners to move up 90 feet. A bad pickoff move at second gave another base to both, scoring Ramirez.
"They battle and they're never going to quit around here. That's what's been bred into them in all of our athletics. They're never going to quit and that's a good thing."
A rough stretch of games has the Bulldogs on the outside looking in at the playoff picture.
"They all ended up like the Woodville game (a 3-1 loss) with 4-1, 3-2 scores and us on the wrong end of it. One bounce or a hit, somebody makes a play or a hit with two outs and it would be different. Through this first round (of district play) we haven't gotten it, but I think will get it in the second round, hopefully. We're on life support right now for the playoffs, but we still get everybody again and we don't get those guys (Central Heights) again."
Corrigan will head to Garrison on Tuesday in a matchup of Bulldogs.