Bulldogs lose lead, lose game

Dove Creek's baseball team cruised to a 5-0 lead Thursday over the Farmington junior varsity.

However, mental errors, physical errors and bad base running allowed the hometown Scorpions to come back.

In the end, the Bulldogs lost 6-5 in the first game of the Piedra Vista High School tournament at New Mexico.

"It just seemed like we stopped playing. I don't know if they thought they had it won up 5-0 top of the fourth," said 51st year Dove Creek coach Ken Soper. "We just quit hitting and start making errors. Of those six runs, only three were earned because of those errors."

Farmington got on the board in the bottom of the fourth with two unearned runs. The Bulldogs (3-2) left eight men on base in the game.

"When it became 5-2, I got worried because I thought they were on their way back. Those errors really cost us," Soper said. "I thought we were a better team. They (Farmington) played really sound, but I thought we were better. We felt we should have won it. That's what I called a 'Bad loss.'"

Dove Creek did bat .313 for the game off of 10 hits. Senior first baseman Klancey Krafka blasted a three-run home run in the first inning to start the Bulldogs scoring. Tyler Ebberts hit 3-of-4 with an RBI. Jordan Ernst went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Dove Creek plays again today in Farmington to conclude the PVHS tourney.