By KEVIN HARRIS
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – New Albany ended its trip to Tennessee on Tuesday with a 2-1 loss at Donelson Christian Academy (Tenn.), dropping its record to 0-2. The Bulldogs fell in its season opener Monday at Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy 7-2.
New Albany head coach Chris McIntyre thinks the trip down south will help his team later in the season.
“We played two very good baseball teams down here. It’s only going to make us better,” McIntyre said. “This level of baseball is a new experience for so many of our players. It’s just going to take us some time for us to be a very good team. For many of them, it’s like they are learning a new language."
Donelson Christian (6-0) scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning against New Albany starter Ryan Robison. The Bulldogs plated one run in the top of the seventh, but were unable to at least tie the game after that.
New Albany had seven hits for the game. Chase Rudy was the only multihit player for the Bulldogs, going 2-for-4. The rest of New Albany’s hits came from Logan Charbonneau, Jonah Boone, Andrew Ricketts, Christian Sifers and Dylan Clark.
Robison earned the loss on the mound. He pitched three innings, allowing both Donelson Christian runs (each earned) on three hits with two walks and one strikeout.
Charbonneau threw three scoreless innings of relief. He yielded one hit and one walk, while striking out three.
"We had some opportunities late to score, but just could never get a big hit,” McIntyre said. “Offensively, we have a long way to go. On a positive note, our pitching was much improved over our first game. And once again, we played solid defensively.”
New Albany will host a split doubleheader on Saturday at Mt. Tabor Field. The Bulldogs will play Fort Wayne Carroll at 11 a.m., followed by South Dearborn at 2 p.m.
DONELSON CHRISTIAN (Tenn.) 2, NEW ALBANY 1
New Albany. 000 000 1-1 7 0
Donelson Christian 200 000 x-2 4 3
W - Henry Mosley. L - Ryan Robison (0-1). 2B - Andrew Ricketts (NA), Dylan Clark (NA), Eli Thibado (DC).
Records - New Albany 0-2, Donelson Christian 6-0.