A late score cost Harrisburg a win against St. Joseph and Coal City captured the lead early as the Bulldogs dropped a pair of games over the weekend at the PBR Metro East Kickoff Classic at O'Fallon High School.
The Bulldogs (1-2) lost to St. Joseph Ogden 4-2, where SJO tied the game with a run in the bottom of the seventh inning and then scored two more runs in the top of the eighth to win.
On the mound, Noah Boon got the start and went six innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits, while striking out three and walking one.
Issac Crabb came on in relief and worked one inning, striking out two, while Brandon Banks gave up two runs (no earned) on two hits and Andrew Bittle worked one inning, striking out two and walking one.
At the plate, Harrisburg scored two runs in the bottom of the third to take a 2-1 lead.
Will Holland doubled on a fly ball to left field, scoring Jacob Penrod, who led the inning off with a line drive to right field. Crabb then tripled on a line drive to center field, scoring Holland.
Will Gibbs went 2-for-4 on the day as Harrisburg hammered out six hits. Holland, Crabb, Boon and Penrod all had the other hit for the Bulldogs.
Coal City 3, Harrisburg 2
Harrisburg rallied late to score two runs in the bottom of the seventh as Coal City hung on to win 3-2 Saturday.
Crabb got the start on the mound and went four innings, striking out eight and allowing one unearned run. Connor Phalin worked three innings and allowed two runs on three hits, while striking out four and walking two.
Harrisburg had just three hits on the afternoon as Crabb went 2-for-3 and Martin was 1-for-3.
In the bottom of the seventh, Holland led off the inning with a five-pitch walk and that followed a Crabb double on a hard ground ball to center field, moving Holland to third. Martin then singled on a hard ground ball past short, scoring Holland and moving Bittle (pinch running for Crabb) to third.
With one out, Colby Morse grounds out to seconds, scoring Bittle, leaving Martin stranded at third after Phalin struck out swinging to end to threat.
Harrisburg is scheduled to travel to Eldorado Tuesday and close out the week by playing host to Johnston City (Wednesday), Pleasant Plains (Friday) and Du Quoin (Saturday).