Meridian's baseball team gave up four first-inning runs and could never recover, as the Trojans suffered a 4-3 non-conference loss to Cascade on Thursday, April 3, at Meridian High School.
"It's kind of a funny thing in baseball," Meridian coach Steve Slesk said in a phone interview. "If you don't come ready to play and have a 10-to-15-minute lapse, it can cost you the whole thing."
It was Meridian's second straight one-run loss to an Eastern Washington-based club in as many days.
Trojans pitcher David Anderson took the loss, but recovered nicely by throwing six straight scoreless innings. Anderson also went 2 for 3 from the plate, and Tanner Tutterrow, Jake Plagerman and Derek Campfield each recorded a hit.
"The kid gutted it up and went the whole seven innings," said Slesk of Anderson. "He took care of it after that."
Meridian scored its three runs in the first and third innings.
The Trojans (4-2), who've lost two straight after winning their first four, host Sedro-Woolley next to open Northwest Conference play at 4 p.m. Monday, April 7.
CASCADE 4, MERIDIAN 3
Cascade 400 000 0 - 4 9 2
Meridian 102 000 0 - 3 6 2
WP: Wardeck. LP: David Anderson (1-1). Highlights: Mer: Anderson 2-3, Tanner Tutterrow 1-3, Jake Plagerman 1-3, Derek Campfield 1-3.