Dallas County’s Dontae Stiles prepares to  deliver a pitch during Saturday’s game against Holtville. -- Robert Hudson
Dallas County’s Dontae Stiles prepares to
deliver a pitch during Saturday’s game against Holtville. -- Robert Hudson

Hornets lose two in doubleheader to Holtville High

Published 10:04pm Saturday, March 9, 2013

PLANTERSVILLE — The Dallas County Hornets just couldn’t produce enough offense, as they were swept in Saturday’s doubleheader against the Holtville Bulldogs.

Robert Massey, assistant baseball coach of Dallas County High School (1-7), said the Hornets were often tripped up by the fundamentals during the doubleheader.

“We don’t do the basics right. Ball hit to the outfield, pitchers aren’t in the right position to get throws that get away,” Massey said. “We missed at least 15 signals in the double header — bunt signs, hit-steal signs, hit and run. I know of 15 we missed in 13 innings of baseball. We do it every day. We go over it and go over it, but the light just hasn’t come on for them yet.”

The Hornets fell 12-4 in the first game to the Bulldogs (9-6) and lost the second game 18-5.

Holtville jumped ahead early in the second game, as Jackson Geddie hit a shot in the gap that brought in teammates Colton Campbell and Dalton Speigner to put the Bulldogs up 2-0 in the top of the first.

Holtville added three more runs in the inning, as Haydon Lott and Ty Hall each scored on fielder’s choice plays, and Zach Davis drove in Geddie on a hit to deep left field.

Dallas County scored its first run in the bottom of the first, as Dontae Stiles was able to score from third base on a fielder’s choice, making it a 5-1 game.

Holtville added another run in the top of the second when Campbell tagged up from third on a sacrifice fly, but Dallas County responded in the bottom of the third, as Justin Chandler got a hit to right field that was deep enough to allow Stiles and Bruce Talbot to score and make it a 6-3 game.

The Hornets added two more runs when David Robertson hit a shot to left field that brought in Chandler and Scott Cole and made it a 6-5 game in the bottom of the third.

But that’s as close as Dallas County would get, as Holtville responded with a five-run inning in the fourth, where Lott drove in two more runners, Hall scored on a passed ball, and Hunter Davis scored on a fielder’s choice that made it 11-5 after four and effectively put the game out of reach.

Holtville added three more runs in the fifth and four runs in the sixth.

Massey said the Hornets showed some improvement, but with only three seniors and having to start some freshmen, the Hornets have to grow up quickly.

We played them last night and got shutout 12-0, but we did score some runs today. That’s a positive,” Massey said. “Hopefully, it’ll get better. We’ve got talent. They’ve got to grow up in a hurry. If they don’t, it’s going to be a long year.”

Dallas County will take the field again on Monday at Isabella starting at 6 p.m.

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