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Updated: 02/27/2014 08:00:02AM

Varsity boys can’t catch Pirates

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PHOTOS BY DAVE BREMER

Coach Trey Hill talks to his team between innings during the game against Port Charlotte. The Bulldogs lost 10-5.

PHOTOS BY DAVE BREMER

The Bulldogs get ready for the pregame lineup announcement before their first regular season game. The Dawgs lost to Port Charlotte 10-5.

PHOTOS BY DAVE BREMER

Coach Hill talks pitching strategy with Casey Ritenburg between innings of the game against Port Charlotte.

By Dave Bremer

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After going 2-1 in their preseason games, the varsity Bulldog baseball team was confident but knew they had a lot of work in front of them. The squad is full of young players, starting only three seniors. The inexperience showed as they struggled on the mound and at the plate, falling 10-5 to Port Charlotte.

The Pirates scored three runs in each of the first two innings, while the Bulldogs countered with two of their own. Sophomore pitcher Will Nelson got the first out to start the game and then struggled with control, walking and hitting the next two batters. He then allowed a pair of RBI singles before getting out of the inning. DeSoto got men on early in the bottom of the first inning with a lead-off single by Tony Lalonde and a walk by Brad Roberts. It looked like both runners might be left stranded before two wild pitches by the Pirates gave the Bulldogs two runs.

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