Bulls baseball lose a close one



Kyle Cooper on the mound for the Bulls.

On Tuesday, the baseball team had a home game against The Villages in search of their first win.

The Bulls started off strong going three up, three down in the top of the first, but struggled offensively.

The Villages put together a small rally in the top of the second, scoring two and holding the Bulls to zero in the bottom half of the inning.

Wiregrass put together a strong inning, rattling the pitcher and tying the game up at 2. They continued to have momentum in the bottom of the fourth, scoring another run, putting them up 3-2.

The Bulls held strong through the top of the fifth, not allowing any runs. They capitalized on some errors in the bottom of the sixth increasing their lead 4-2.

In the top of the seventh, the Bulls gave up 3 runs and trailed The Villages 5-4. The Bulls left a man stranded at third in the bottom half of the inning, and ended up losing 5-4.

This loss had a big impact on the team. Senior center fielder, Ryan Capogrosso commented on the game, staying positive.

“It was a tough loss, I thought we had it going into the seventh. We made a few mistakes that we need to learn from, just have to forget about this one and make it up next game,” Capogrosso said.

Second Baseman, Jose Spence also has confidence in the team.

“This one hurt, but there is a lot of season left and I think we’ll be just fine,” Spence stated.

Although the Bulls had a rough season last year, finishing 5-14, and starting this 2017 season 0-3, head coach Marshall McDougall is optimistic about this team.

“I believe our team is very talented and athletic. We have the talent and knowledge, but our execution has to get better,” McDougall explained.

McDougall says that Senior, and St. Petersburg College commit, Nate Stringfield will be an important factor in the teams success.

“On the mound Nate Stringfield and Kyle Cooper will be the anchors of the staff,” McDougall said.

The Bulls have since played two games. One against IMG, which they lost in the 9th inning 18-17, and one against Brooks Debartolo where they got their first win 4-0.

Wiregrass will get another shot at IMG Tuesday night at 7 pm.