A lack of offensive firepower did the Man High School baseball team in again on Friday as the Hillbillies lost 4-1 at Buffalo.
Man, the 2014 Class A state champions and last year’s state runner-ups, fell to 1-6 on the season with the loss.
The Bison scored all four runs in the fourth inning as Buffalo ripped five doubles during the frame.
Tim Eads notched the complete game win on the hill for Buffalo (4-1). He also smacked a pair of doubles and had an RBI.
Connor Fields, Hunter Whittington and Michael Haber also had doubles for Buffalo with Whittington adding two RBIs.
No statistics were available for Man.
The Billies have had major problems with the bats so far this season as Man has scored one or no runs in five of its seven games. The Billies have been shut out three times.
Man is at Westside on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Lincoln County 1,
Man 0 (15 innings)
The Man High School baseball team dropped a 1-0, 15-inning thriller at home to Class AAA Lincoln County on Monday.
The game was scoreless through 14 innings.
The Panthers won it with a run in the top of the 15th.
Lincoln County outhit Man 11-9. LC had three errors to none for the Hillbillies.
Evan Gibson was 5-for-7 with three doubles and one RBI for Lincoln County. Cody Elkins was 2-for-5 and Dakota Bird 2-for-6. Cody Bonnett had a double and Tylor Lucas a single.
Tyler Blair was 3-for-6 to lead the Hillbillies. John Thomas Keffer, Chase Harvey, Seth Chapman, Austin Gent, Dylan Goodman and Cameron Simpson all had hits.
Bonnett was the winning pitcher in relief for Lincoln County. He went six innings and allowed no runs on six hits with three walks and one strikeout. Gibson started and pitched a masterful game with nine scoreless innnings in a no-decision. He allowed no runs on three hits with nine strikeouts and one walk.
Man used five pitchers. Kenny Jo Adkins fired the last two innings and took the loss. He fanned four and walked one.
Keffer started and went five innings, yielding no runs on three hits with six strikeouts and one walk.
Simpson then tossed four scoreless innings with five strikeouts and two walks while allowing four hits on no runs. Gent went 2 1/3 innings allowing no runs on two hits with one strikeout and two issued walks.
Jake Adkins then went 1-2/3 innings, yielding no runs and no hits with three strikeouts and no walks.
Man 15, Van 6
Man picked up its first win of the season with Tuesday’s 15-6 victory at Van.
The Hillbillies led 9-6, then tallied six runs in the top of the seventh inning to break the game wide open.
Both teams had 11 hits. Van committed eight errors to just one for Man.
Cameron Simpson was 3-for-6 with two RBI and two doubles to lead the Billies. Seth Chapman was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Kenny Jo Adkins went 2-for-6 with one RBI.
John Thomas Keffer added a double for Man. Tyler Blair, Nick Collins and Dylan Goodman all had singles. Collins also knocked in two runs. Austin Gent had two RBI as well.
Logan Crouse was 3-for-4 with two RBI to lead Van. Cole Price and Jake Hoke both had two hits for the Bulldogs. Phillip Powell had a hit and three RBI. Tyler Stewart, Greg Lail and Daniel Gibson all had hits.
Nick Albright was the starting and winning pitcher for Man. He went three innings and allowed three earned runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and one walk. Zach Cook then went three innings and Goodman two.
Price was the starting and losing pitcher for Van.
Capital wins two
Man dropped to 1-4 on the season with Thursday’s 4-3 loss in eight innings at Class AAA Capital.
Capital outhit Man 11-7.
Man led 3-1 after five innings, but Capital was able to tie it with two runs in the seventh and then scored one in the eighth to win.
John Thomas Keffer hit a three-run homer for Man. Cameron Simpson was 2-for-3, while Kenny Jo Adkins, Seth Chapman, Austin Gent and Mitchell Morris all had one hit.
Cam Thomas was 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the Cougars. Jason Haybes was 2-for-4 with three RBI.
Jake Adkins started on the hill for Man, going seven innings and getting a no-decision. He allowed three runs (one earned) and 10 hits while fanning nine and walking three.
John McCoy pitched 1/3 of an inning in relief and took the loss.
Jesse Martin was the winning pitcher in relief for Capital.
Then on Thursday, Capital and Man met again — this time at Man — as the Cougars won 4-0.
Man managed just one hit — a double by Chapman.
Capital improved to 4-3 with the win.
Garrett Eads notched the complete game win, striking out eight and walking one over seven innings.
Gent suffered the loss for Man as he fired four innings and giving up four runs (one earned) and four hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Goodman pitched the last three scoreless innings, fanning two and walking two.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).