Since winning three games to begin the month of April, the Altus High School Bulldogs baseball team has dropped its last four contests and now has fallen to 14-13 on the season.
Tuesday was a rough night for Bulldog pitchers at Kiwanis Park with the visiting Carl Albert Titans coming away with a pair of victories.
In game one, Sean Torres took the mound for the Bulldogs and was masterful through two innings by allowing just one hit and striking out two.
Altus’ batters provided plenty of offense in the early going for Torres with Tito Jones starting the game off with a line drive double to left field.
Adrian Rodriguez laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Jones to third and Marcus Molina walked before Trey Garcia brought Jones home on a ground-ball single.
In the second inning, Austin Baldwin got on base after battling Carl Albert’s T.J. Mullins in a six-pitch at-bat. Colin Becerra relieved Baldwin on the basepath just in time for Isaiah Hocker to lay down a sacrifice bunt to advance Becerra to second.
Kory Beach singled to move Becerra to third, who scored on a Jones sacrifice fly to center field to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.
But the Titans broke it open in the third with three base hits and two walks to take a 3-2 lead over Altus.
Torres struck out two of the final three batters of the inning but not before a Titan’s double drove in two additional runs to put Carl Albert up 5-2.
The Titans put four more runs on the board before Altus scored its final of the night on a Keegan Pride single that drove in a waiting Rodriguez in the Bulldogs 9-3 defeat.
Seven different Bulldogs hit in the game while four pitchers combined for six innings of work with seven hits, nine runs, and seven strikeouts.
Three-run sixth dooms Dogs
In game two of the doubleheader, Altus went with Tyler Garcia on the mound and although he pitched seven innings of seven-hit, three-earned-run baseball, a three-run sixth inning allowed the Titans to pull away and secure the victory.
The Titans used two pitchers to shut out the Bulldogs and limit Altus to just three hits.
The Bulldogs were in scoring position several times in the 5-0 loss and were still down by just two headed into the sixth inning, but two doubles, an error and a triple pushed Carl Albert’s lead to five.
Altus’ best opportunity to score came in the bottom of the fourth with one out and two on base.
Trey Garcia was on the basepath for Pride who walked on fourth pitches. Baldwin laid down a bunt in sacrifice fashion but beat the throw to first to get two on base for the Bulldogs with no outs.
Becerra laid down a sacrifice bunt to third base to move Garcia to third but just one pitch into the next at-bat, Hocker lined out to the Titan’s pitcher who turned quickly to catch Garcia who was scrambling back to third.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to host Elk City at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the first of their last three games of the regular season.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.