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Frankfort battles back in loss to Danville

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HENRY: Casey Henry started for Frankfort in their 10-4 loss to visiting Danville on Tuesday.
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GOOD JOB: Frankfort teammates congratulate Jose Sandoval, 3, after he was subbed for a courtesy runner on Tuesday. Sandoval, who injured his ankle in his last game against Clinton Prairie, drew a pinch-hit walk in the bottom of the fifth and pitched an inning in the fifth and sixth for the Hot Dogs.
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HOME SAFE: Frankfort's Jade Ayers slides home safe during the Hot Dogs' four-run fifth inning of Tuesday's 10-4 loss to Danville.

BY ANDREW KRULL - akrull@ftimes.com

Frankfort battled back from a 9-0 hole against visiting Danville in conference baseball on Tuesday before eventually falling 10-4, leaving the bases loaded in the last inning.

“Just a tough start,” Hot Dogs head coach Andy Dudley said. “It wasn't Casey's (Henry) best start, but he really battled and ended up getting us through four innings after a five-run first.

“Even though he didn't have his best stuff and he got two or three really tough breaks in that first inning, a catcher's interference and a tough bounce here and a weak ground ball through, it really should have been a one-run inning. Then, they took advantage of it. Danville did a really good job of taking that opportunity when they had it.”

The Warriors led 9-0 after four innings and looked like they might close out the game under the 10-run mercy rule early, but Frankfort was able to get to Danville pitcher Tyler Slack in the fifth to make it 9-4.

“Our guys struggled early with our approach at the plate,” Dudley said. “We battled ourselves back in the game and gave ourselves a chance. I felt that guys worked. Nobody gave up and said we're down 9-nothing and the next thing we had bases loaded and got it down to a five-run game.”

It looked like Slack might get out of the inning with minimal damage after giving up a single run. With Roger Angeles on third, Jade Ayers on second and Christian Lopez on first, he struck out Jack Wilkins for the second out of the inning. However, Braden Compton followed with a liner to left to score Angeles and Ayers.

Henry coaxed a walk to fill the bases again, with Jose Sandoval (in limited duty after suffering an ankle injury in the Hot Dogs' last game against Rossville) doing the same for an RBI and a 9-4 score. Slack got out of the inning with a Deacon Spencer groundout to short.

Sandoval came in to get the last out in the top of the inning, starting the sixth and getting two outs and giving up a run before being relieved.

“We really only brought him in to pitch,” Dudley said of Sandoval. “I think he's going to be OK after another couple days. They had him taped up and he was OK to pitch and threw really well. We just wanted to get him a couple innings to see if he was able to do that. He did a good job considering the circumstances.”

That wasn't the only injury the Hot Dogs had to deal with on Tuesday.

“Jose was on the bench with his ankle injury and my catcher, Jack (Wilkins), got hurt in the first inning,” Dudley said. “All those (younger) guys had to step up with those injuries and did a really good job today.”

Wilkins eventually returned to the game.

“He ended up coming back in,” Dudley said. “Second batter he ended up getting a catcher's interference and hurt his hand and had to come out. He came back in a few innings later after he got some ice on it and had it taken care of.”

“We got to see some young guys do some really good stuff. Deacon played a really good third base with Jose out today.”

After the Warriors scored a run in the sixth, Braden Compton got the last out of that inning in relief and knocked Danville out in order in the seventh. Frankfort made it interesting in the bottom half.

Lopez reached first on a grounder that just went off the outstretched shortstop's glove and two outs later Henry walked, with both runners moving over on an errant pick-off throw at first. Coal Wills drew a walk to fill the bases and Spencer worked the count to 3-2 before flying out to right field to end the game.

“Maybe a little bit of momentum going into Thursday's game, the bounce back,” Dudley said as the Hot Dogs visit Danville tonight. “That's the thing about conference, you've just got to be ready to turn around and do it again.”

He noted that Lopez will take the mound in tonight's matchup.

“He and Casey, we just kind of flip-flop them in which conference game they throw,” Dudley said. “Compton threw well today. Everybody but Casey will be available on Thursday for us, so we should be in good shape on the mound.”

Frankfort fell to 2-2 on the season (0-1 Sagamore Conference) with the loss. Danville improved to 2-2 (1-0). Tonight's game starts at 6 p.m.

At Frankfort

WARRIORS 10, HOT DOGS 4

Danville`500`221`0`—`10`10`3

Frankfort`000`040`0`—`4`5`1

Danville`ab`r`h`bi

Totals`30`10`10`10

Frankfort`ab`r`h`bi

R. Angeles`4`1`1`0

J. Ayers`3`1`0`1

J. Wilkins`4`0`0`0

B. Compton`4`0`1`2

C. Henry`2`0`1`0

D. Lopez`2`0`0`0

D. Spencer`4`0`0`0

C. Lopez`2`1`1`0

J. Sandoval`0`0`0`1

C. Boone`3`1`1`0

Totals`28`4`5`4

Pitching`ip`h`r`er`bb`so

Danville

T. Slack`7`5`4`0`7`9

Frankfort

C. Henry`4`5`7`6`3`7

C. Boone`.2`3`2`2`0`1

J. Sandoval`1`2`1`1`0`

B. Compton`1.1`0`0`0`0`0