The Lions took advantage of some but stranded 10 baserunners as the Barons took the 5-2 win.
Barons pitcher Gordan Owens was dominant in the three innings he pitched, striking out six, mainly with offspeed pitches.
The Lions had a chance to get to him
in the second inning when they loaded the bases with one out, but a strikeout and a tapper to the mound killed that rally.
“We did have some chances,” Lions coach Tom Abdo said. “We competed against a good team.”
Trailing 5-0, the Lions got to reliever William Kinney for two runs in the fifth. A Kobie Brinson walk, a Thomas Banks single and a one-out walk to Harrison Vintson loaded the bases. Pitcher Turner Spratling drove in a run when he was hit by a pitch for the second time. Andrew Gardner singled home a run to keep the bases loaded, but a pop-up and grounder ended the Lions’ inning.
Gardner accounted for half of the Lions’ four hits.
The Barons (12-1) got to Spratling for two runs in the second with two sacrifice flies, then added two more runs in the third and one in the fourth.
Spratling worked a complete game, allowing the five runs on 10 hits with six strikeouts and five walks.
After starting the season 7-1, the Lions lost starting catcher Matt Herzwurm, one of their three seniors, to an injured foot and have lost four games in a row. Abdo still keeps a positive outlook.
“I tell our guys every day, as long as we work hard, give total effort with a great attitude, it’s a win,” he said.