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Hot Dogs fall to Bruins in battle of top SAC teams

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ANGELES: Frankfort junior Roger Angeles fields a ball off the hop at shortstop.
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VALDES SANDOVAL: Frankfort junior third baseman Jose Valdes Sandoval throws to first base for an out during the Hot Dogs’ loss to the Tri-West Bruins on Monday at Lizton.
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HENRY: Frankfort junior Casey Henry comes off the mound to scoop a ground ball before throwing to first base for an out.
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LOPEZ: Frankfort junior Christian Lopez hit two home runs in the Hot Dogs’ loss to Tri-West.

By AARON KENNEDY - akennedy@ftimes.com

Back-to-back home runs by the Bruins put the Frankfort Hot Dogs in an early hole that they were not able to crawl out of in a 6-3 loss to Tri-West on Monday at Lizton.

In the bottom of the opening inning, Carter Cooper hit a double to left field before Lucas Goodin and Derek Wagner hit back-to-back home runs over the fence in left field to give the Bruins a quick 3-0 advantage. Before the Hot Dogs could get out of the inning, Quinten Cooper scored on a passed ball to give Tri-West a 4-0 lead going into the second inning.

“It was a tough start,” Frankfort head coach Andy Dudley said. “Those guys at the top of the order can just flat-out hit, and you can’t mistakes. It was 4-0 to start the game with some runners on, so to make it a 6-3 game and be threatening the whole game – Casey (Henry) did a great job after the way that things started to give us a chance and to be competitive. Offensively, I thought we fought, plugged back into it and gave ourselves a chance. I was really proud of that effort.”

Henry struck out Ryan Vershave after the passed ball to get out of the first inning and went on to strike out six and walk two while allowing eight hits and four earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. Jose Valdes Sandoval took the mound in the sixth and struck out two while intentionally walking another in the final three batters faced by Frankfort.

Christian Lopez hit two home runs in the game for the Hot Dogs but did not have runners on base either time he lifted the ball out of the ballpark.

Lopez batted 2-4 with the two home runs, two RBIs and two runs scored while Roger Angles went 3-4, Luis Hernandez went 2-3 with an RBI, Braden Compton went 2-4 with a run scored, Omar Alanis went 2-4, and Henry finished 1-3 with a double.

With the win, the Bruins pulled even with the Hot Dogs atop the Sagamore Athletic Conference standings, setting up Tuesday’s pivotal second game of the series at Frankfort.

“Obviously, you don’t like taking that loss, but you go on the road, and we won the rest of the game after the first inning – you have to feel good about stooping the bleeding, competition and maybe having a little bit of momentum going into tomorrow,” Dudley said. “We knew coming in that, if we were going to get a piece of the conference (title), we were going to have to win one of these two games. I feel that there is no more or less pressure than what has been on us the whole year. We just show up and play. I didn’t feel like we played tight today. We played pretty good defense, and I felt we had good at-bats all day long. So, I don’t expect us to do anything differently tomorrow.”

At Lizton

BRUINS 6, HOT DOGS 3

Frankfort 001 100 1 - 3 12 2

Tri-West 400 110 x - 6 8 0

Frankfort ab r h bi

C. Lopez 4 2 2 2

R. Angeles 4 0 3 0

R. Valdes Sandoval 4 0 0 0

J. Espinoza 3 0 0 0

B. Compton 4 1 2 0

O. Alanis 4 0 2 0

L. Hernandez 3 0 2 1

C. Henry 3 0 1 0

J. Ayers 3 0 0 0

Totals 32 3 12 3

Tri-West ab r h bi

C. Cooper 3 2 2 0

L. Goodin 4 1 2 3

D. Wagner 3 1 1 1

M. Cox 4 0 0 0

Z. Waters 3 1 2 0

J. Roseboom 3 0 0 0

L. Jackson 3 0 1 0

T. Freije 2 0 0 0

R. Vershave 1 0 0 0

Q. Cooper 0 1 0 0

J. Hayden 2 0 0 0

Totals 28 6 8 4

Pitching ip h r er bb so

Frankfort

C. Henry, L 5.1 8 6 4 2 6

J. Valdes Sandoval 0.2 0 0 0 1 2

Tri-West

Z. Waters, W 3 8 2 1 0 6

J. Hayden 3 2 0 0 0 4

R. Vershave 1 2 1 1 0 0