A 6-2 deficit didn’t prove to be too daunting Monday afternoon for the Carthage baseball team.

But a five-run one did.

Carthage battled back to even with Wabash at the Tucson Invitational, but the Little Giants ran away with five straight runs in an 11-6 victory.

The loss dropped the Red Men to 2-1 heading into their second game Monday night against Aurora. That contest ended too late for deadline.

Carthage had won eight straight games in Tucson dating back to the final six during last year’s spring trip.

After it fell behind, 2-0, in the second inning, Carthage tied things at 2-2 on a sacrifice fly by Ricky Bergstrom (hit, run, RBI) and an RBI single by Colton Klein (two hits, run, four RBI).

Wabash (2-4) responded with four runs in the top of the third inning before the Red Men again pulled back to even.

Klein provided the big hit with a three-run home run, followed by a fielder’s choice by Myles Farley that scored Cody Phelps (hit, run) to tie the game at 6-6.

The Little Giants broke the deadlock for good in the fifth inning with two runs, then added a single tally in the seventh and two more in the eighth.

Tremper graduate Jacob Delabio took the loss for Carthage, as he allowed six hits, five earned runs, four walks and struck out six in 4-plus innings. Clark Hendricks, Aiden Earl and Joe Atkins worked the final 4-plus innings, and combined to allow five hits, three earned runs, four walks and strike out six.

Softball

DeSales 9, Carthage 8

Concordia Moorhead 3, Carthage 1

Carthage was swept in a non-conference doubleheader at The Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla.

The Reds fell to 2-2 with a 9-8 loss to DeSales and a 3-1 setback to Concordia Moorhead.

A late Carthage rally fell just short in the opener. The Reds exploded for six runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but were unable to complete the comeback.

Singles by Donna Stevens, Naomi Alonzo and Rylee Johnson trimmed the Bulldogs’ lead to 9-5. After Angie Stepanski’s base hit drove in two runs, Danielle Koziczkowski knocked in a run to close the scoring. Heather Hall struck out Alexandra Millett with runners on first and third with two out to secure the win.

The Bulldogs (3-3) built an 8-0 lead with three runs in the first and five more in the fourth. Carthage got on the board in the fourth with Brooke Sefcik’s RBI groundout and cut DeSale’s lead to 9-2 on Courtney Polanski’s run-scoring double in the sixth.

Ellie Bernero (1-1) allowed three earned runs over two innings and took the loss for the Reds.

Carthage was limited to five hits in the loss to Concordia Moorhead (3-0). Stevens doubled and scored on Stefanie Guercio’s single in the top of the first for the Reds’ lone run.

The Cobbers evened the scoring in the first inning and took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the third.

The loss went to Guercio (1-1), who struck out 13 and allowed three earned runs over six innings.

Dan Truttschel and Scott Koker

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