The Hiram baseball team continued their 2019 season on Tuesday morning, falling twice to Defiance College in a twin bill. Defiance grabbed game one 6-4, before snagging game two, 8-4.
Late-inning scoring once again proved troublesome for the Terriers in the opening game as Hiram allowed three Defiance runs in the bottom of the sixth to fall 6-4.
The Terriers held an early, 2-0, lead following the opening pair of innings as Hiram struck for a run in each frame.
In the opening inning, PJ Suso got things going with two outs, singling for the first hit of the game. Senior captain Alex Gould then followed with a single before Vince Suso brought home his brother with a RBI to give Hiram a 1-0 advantage.
In the second inning, Curtis Caithaml manufactured a run after leading off the inning by reaching base. He then moved to second on a balk before moving to third on a sacrifice bunt from Gavin Taulbee. Caithaml would then score on a wild pitch to extend the Hiram lead.
The Yellow Jackets would come back in the bottom half of the second, tying the game with a pair of runs on a sacrifice fly and a RBI single.
Both sides would go quietly in the third and fourth innings as Terrier starter Shawn May retired the Yellow Jackets in order in both frames.
Junior Kyle Harris would collect his team-leading eighth hit of the season, getting himself into scoring position with a double. After moving to third on an error, Harris scored on a RBI single from Gould, giving Hiram a 3-2 advantage.
Defiance would once again respond in the bottom half of the frame with a two-out RBI from Ben Bucklew.
In the sixth, Harris would once again come through for the Terriers. With runners on second and third and one out, Harris posted a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Vito Petrillo to once again give Hiram the lead.
The bottom half of the sixth would prove to be the difference, as Defiance scraped together three hits and plated three runs to take the 6-4 lead. Hiram was able to put a runner on in the frame, but could not get a run across, and fell by the two-run score.
In game one, Harris once again led the way with two hits and a RBI. Gould also finished with a pair of hits in the game.
Late game scoring was problematic for the Terriers again in game two, as Hiram allowed four Defiance runs in the top of the seventh to fall 8-4.
The Yellow Jackets took the early lead, scoring three runs in the top of the first. Hiram responded in the bottom half of the frame as Bailey singled home Alex Perrella to cut the lead to 3-1.
After surrendering three unearned runs in the first, starter Logan Huffman locked down, scattering four Defiance singles over the next three innings, while not allowing a run.
Hiram, meanwhile, cut into the Defiance advantage. In the bottom of the third, Bailey once again came through, singling home Perrella, who led off the inning with his second hit in as many appearances, to cut the lead to 3-2.
Following another unearned run for Defiance, Hiram pulled even with singular runs in both the fifth and sixth innings.
In the sixth inning, it was Perrella who came through. The Terrier senior roped a double to score Vince Suso and knot the game at 4-4.
In the top of the seventh, the Terriers surrendered four runs, including three unearned, as Defiance took an 8-4 advantage. Hiram would go hitless in the home half of the frame, falling by the same score.
Offensively in game two, Perrella led the way with a 3-for-4 performance, while Bailey posted a pair of hits and two RBIs. Harris collected another hit and has now hit safely in each of the first five games this season.
Making his first start of the season, Huffman pitched efficiently, giving up no earned runs over the course of six innings.
The Terriers will continue play in Fort Myers, Fla. tomorrow morning as they take on Elms at the Player Development Center. Game time is set for 9 a.m.