Recording 21 outs to win a baseball game oftentimes is challenging enough.
But giving the opposition six more outs to work with makes it darn right impossible.
And host Central found that out the hard way Tuesday.
The Falcons committed six errors that led to six unearned runs and proved to be their downfall in a 6-3 Southern Lakes Conference setback to Burlington.
Central fell to 4-6 overall and 3-3.
“(Starting pitcher) Cooper (Griffiths) pitched well tonight,” Central coach Jake Morman said. “He deserved a better outcome. We have to do more to help him in the field.
“We can’t give a team like Burlington extra outs every inning and expect to win. They will make you pay more times than not.”
The Demons jumped out to a 3-0 lead with single tallies in the first three innings before the Falcons cut into the deficit with a two-run fourth inning.
After Burlington pushed another run across the plate in the fifth, the Falcons again answered in the sixth, but couldn’t get any closer. The Demons added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh.
Dylan Anderson led Central with a hit and two RBI, followed by Alex Salerno with a hit and an RBI. Matt Felske and Kyle Mitchell each chipped in with a hit and a run scored.
Griffiths took the loss, as he worked five innings, and allowed five hits, four walks and struck out eight. All four runs charged to Griffiths were unearned.
Reliever Bryce Kerkman worked the final two innings, and allowed three hits, two walks and struck out one. Both runs charged to Kerkman also were unearned.
Badger 0, 5 innings
The Panthers’ Tanner Peterson twirled a five-inning no-hitter and needed just 50 pitches, including 37 for strikes, to finish the deal. Badger had just one base runner who reached on an error.
Peterson struck out six as the Panthers improved to 6-6 overall and 4-3 in the SLC.
“Tanner set the tone for us in this game,” Wilmot coach Josh Pye said.
Wilmot held a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth when it erupted for nine runs to end the game via the 10-run rule.
Logan Pye led Wilmot with two hits, two runs scored and two RBI, followed by Caden Mulhollon (two hits, run, two RBI) and Jack Vozel (two hits, RBI).
Wilmot finished with nine hits.
“(We) consistently put the ball in play to put pressure on their defense,” Pye said. “I really like how our bats are progressing over the last two weeks.”
Racine St. Catherine’s 7, Shoreland Lutheran 2
The Angels broke open a close game with three runs in the seventh inning to pull away for a Metro Classic Conference win over the host Pacers.
Shoreland fell to 2-5 overall and 2-3 in conference, while St. Catherine’s improved to 5-3 and 2-3.
Konnor Hill and Josh Edmundson scored runs for the Pacers in the fourth inning to trim the Angels’ lead to 3-2, but starter Bennett Spolar and reliever Noah Rogers held Shoreland scoreless the rest of the way.
Joe Schimanski, Edmundson (RBI) and Sawyer Smith accounted for Shoreland’s three hits.
Indian Trail 15, Dominican 1, 5 inn.
The Hawks opened their spring break trip in Florida with a convincing victory over another Wisconsin foe.
Anna Vignali and Skylar Schmidt combined to pitch five strong innings for Indian Trail (7-5).
Indian Trail faces Millennium (New York) and Dominican today.
Wilmot 14, Delavan-Darien 0, 5 inn.
The Panthers scored in four of their five at bats to cruise to the Southern Lakes Conference road victory.
Kenzi Ketterhagen led Wilmot (5-4, 3-2) with a perfect 4-for-4 afternoon, two runs scored and five RBI. Other leaders were Haley Lamberson (two hits, three runs, RBI), Madi Zerr (hit, two RBI), Alana Buchanan (hit, run, two RBI) and Anna Wischnowski (hit, two runs, RBI).
Hailie Morton earned the win, as she didn’t allow a hit and struck out two in three innings. Zerr allowed a hit, two walks and struck out three in two innings in the circle.
Burlington Catholic Central 5, Shoreland Lutheran 4
The host Hilltoppers plated the winning run on a base-loaded grounder and a Shoreland throwing error with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Shoreland dropped to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in conference, while BCC improved to 6-4 and 4-1. The teams will meet again 4:30 p.m. today at Shoreland.
“For the first time, I saw some girls not playing with confidence,” Shoreland coach Kelly Hill said. “We still battled, but we will have to grow as softball players and win the mental game to improve.”
Bree James helped the Pacers build a 3-0 lead with a two-run single that scored Kelsey Hill and Victoria Miller.
The Hilltoppers took their first lead of the game with four unanswered runs, but Shoreland knotted the score in the fifth when Miller doubled, stole third base and scored on a throwing error.
Miller, Kelsey Hill (1-for-3, double) and Bree James (2-for-4, two RBI) sparked Shoreland’s offense.
Hill took the loss, allowing two earned runs and nine hits while walking three and striking out 11 over 6 1/3 innings.
SLC Mini No. 3
Central’s Paul Lynch shot a 72 (37-35) to lead the Falcons to fourth, while Wilmot’s Devin Spath fired an 81 (41-40) for the Panthers, who were sixth at the Delbrook Golf Course in Delavan.
Finishing behind Lynch for the Falcons were Will Cavener with an 86 (47-39), Trent Stueber with an 87 (47-40), Bryce Drier with an 89 (43-46) and Nolan Bruni with a 95 (53-42).
Wilmot’s Evan Hahn had an 89 (43-46) to finish behind Spath, followed by Jared Epping with a 93 (47-46) and Ian Torstenson with a 94 (47-47).
Lake Geneva Badger won the meet with a 300, followed by Union Grove with a 308 and Waterford with a 325. Central had a 334, while Wilmot finished with a 357.
Christian Life 3, Heritage Christian 3
The Eagles’ jumped out to 3-0 halftime lead behind three goals from Emily Asmann, but host Heritage Christian tied things in the final 30 seconds to force the deadlock.
Christian Life’s Ariana Cancino had assists on two of Asmann’s three goals.
“It was a tough one to tie,” Christian Life coach Alan Krass said. “We were in control of the game but didn’t close out like we needed to.”
Brookfield Academy 2, Shoreland Lutheran 0
The Blue Knights, ranked fifth in Division-4 by WisSports.net, scored a goal in each half to drop the Pacers to 1-5 overall.
Shoreland goalie Kayla Pagel finished with 14 saves.
Scott Koker and Dan Truttschel