BRADFORD – The Bradford baseball team lost 16-5 to Bethel in a Cross County Conference game on Tuesday.
Bethel took a 6-0 lead with four runs in the first inning and one in the second and third innings. Bradford cut its deficit to 6-3 with two runs in the third and one in the fourth, but Bethel scored two in the fifth and four in the sixth to make it 12-3. Bradford scored two more runs in the bottom of the fifth, and Bethel scored four in the seventh for a final score of 16-5.
Bradford had four hits and six errors in the game. Bethel had 16 hits and four errors.
Walker Branson was 1-for-3 with a double and a RBI for Bradford. Mason Justice and Parker Smith both went 1-for-3 with a walk, a RBI and a run. Bryson Canan was 1-for-2 and walked once.
Bryant Byers scored two runs. Andy Branson walked once and drove in a run. Wade Gerlach walked once and scored a run.
Parker Smith was charged with the loss as he went six innings and allowed four earned runs and eight unearned runs on 13 hits, no walks and four strikeouts. Josh Phillips pitched an inning in relief and allowed four earned runs on three hits, two walks and one strikeout.
“This was the worst defensive game we have played,” Bradford baseball coach Shane Snyder said. “The pitching was fine, and we give him a lot of prompts. However, when you have six errors in a game, you are not going to win a high school game. Parker Smith and Mason Justice both had a great game.”
Bradford fell to 7-8 overall and 1-6 in the CCC with the loss.