The Jacobs baseball team just couldn't stop the bleeding Tuesday.
The Golden Eagles allowed 7 runs in the top of the ninth inning as Prairie Ridge defeated Jacobs, 9-2, in nine innings in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action in Algonquin.
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"One bad inning. That's what it can down to," Golden Eagles coach Jamie Murray said. "It's good learning experience for some of the guys. They've got to figure out how to put a Band-Aid on it and keep it at 4-2."
Nick Schmidt's single to right field loaded the bases with one out in the top of the ninth for the Wolves (11-14, 7-6). Christopher Slack hit a groundball up the middle and Jacobs was able to get the out at second. The throw to first was overthrown as Kyle Buresch and Caleb Aldridge scored to give Prairie Ridge a 4-2 lead. Marcus Sargeant drove in a run with a single. John Myers and Dustin Thelander each had a 2-run single in the ninth as well.
The Wolves had 5 hits in the inning after having just 4 in the first eight innings.
"We were fortunate enough to string all those hits together in the ninth," Prairie Ridge coach Glen Pecoraro said. "Really proud of our guys for how they worked and how they responded."
Jacobs (16-8, 10-2) went down in order in the bottom of the ninth.
The Golden Eagles had just 3 hits in the game, all singles from Ben Murray. They had the bases loaded in the third and seventh innings, but were unable to get the clutch hit off Wolves starter Ben Cilano. Jacobs scored in the first on a Grant Kale fielder's choice and in the fifth as Ryan Sargent scored on a wild pitch.
Cilano (3-0) pitched 8 innings, giving up 2 runs, to pick up the victory. The junior right-hander struck out 4, walked 1 and hit a batter.
The Wolves scored a run in the fourth on a wild pitch and in the fifth on a Sargeant fielder's choice.
Brenden Heiss started and threw 6 innings for the Golden Eagles. The right-hander, who got a no decision, allowed 3 hits, 2 runs, walked 5 and struck out 5.