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Updated: 04/25/2013 08:00:11AM

Bad inning dooms Bulldogs

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ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.com
DeSoto County catcher Caleb Shelper steps on the plate to force a runner at home and then fires to first to try and get the batter. The Bulldogs lost to Charlotte 11-1.

ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.com
Bulldog center fielder Tony LaLonde asks for time out as he checks in at second with a lead off double in the fourth. LaLonde scored the lone DeSoto County run and had the only two hits the Bulldogs were able to muster in the April 16 loss.

ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.com
DeSoto County head coach Trey Hill, along with outfielder Tony LaLonde and second sacker Brad Roberts, go over the ground rules with the umpires before the April 16 game at Charlotte.

By Steve Knapp

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Superstitions abound in most sports but none as much as in the game of baseball. Before the DeSoto County baseball game at Charlotte High School April 16, head coach Trey Hill was talking about his first season as the team’s skipper. One thing he said was that in the 20 games they had played so far, his team has never won or lost by the mercy run rule.

That all changed in the 11-1 drubbing by the Tarpons on senior night in Punta Gorda. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third. By the time the Bulldogs got back up to bat in the fourth inning they trailed 7-0, with the Tarpons sending up 12 batters in the inning. Garrett Anderson was cruising through the Charlotte lineup without any problem, but fell apart in the third inning.

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