CARBONDALE -- The Harrisburg Bulldogs' baseball season ended Monday night with a 15-8 loss to the Freeburg Midgets at the IHSA Class 2A Super-Sectional in "Itchy" Jones Stadium at Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Abe Martin Field.
Harrisburg showed its offensive might from the first pitch.
Javie Beal and Colby Morse started the inning with a hit each. Freeburg's pitcher walked Krayton Morse, and Noah Boon put the ball in play, allowing Beal to cross the plate.
Ben Brombaugh then singled into right field, scoring the second run. Andrew Bittle safely bunted his way to first, advancing a runner to third. Riley King stepped up and belted a single, scoring 2 RBIs. Bittle also would make it from first to home plate after a throwing error. Before Luke Miller stepped to the plate, Freeburg made a pitching change. Miller struck out and Jackson Pittman followed with a single and RBI. With six runs on the board, Pittman would be thrown out stealing second to end the inning.
However, Freeburg came roaring back in the second inning, tying the game at 6-6. The Midgets would go on to score another 9 runs in the fourth. Harrisburg scored two more runs before the end of the game, leaving the final at 15-8 Freeburg. A couple of late inning highlights included some lights-out pitching from reliever Colby Morse and a missile thrown by Ben Brombaugh from center field to stop a runner at home plate, ending the fifth inning.
Harrisburg ends its season 30-2.