FROM STAFF REPORTS
BURNET — To Burnet High School baseball coach Tim Perkins, the reason for the Bulldogs’ 2-1 loss to Liberty Hill on March 22 came down to one thing: mental errors.
The Panthers scored their first run in the second inning when no Bulldog covered second base. The runner went to third on a wild pitch and scored off a one-run single.
The second Panthers run happened in the fourth inning after two outs. The runner was walked and went to third on a single. So with runners on the corners, the runner at first pretended to go to second during a pitch. The Burnet catcher threw to the short stop and, while the Bulldogs were trying to get the out, the runner at third trotted in for the run. Though Burnet tagged out the runner between first and second, the damage was done.
“Both of those were mental mistakes on our part,” Perkins said.
Offensively, the Bulldogs generated seven hits but mustered one run in the bottom of the third when Will Kyle hit a one-run single to score Jeremy Ayer. Burnet stranded at least 10 runners in the game.
Burnet pitcher Jim Edmunds was credited with the loss, giving up two earned runs off three hits and one walk while striking out four.
UP NEXT: Burnet at Llano, 7 p.m. March 26. The field is located behind the Llano Elementary School, 1600 Oatman in Llano. Turn right on the gravel street to get to the field.