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Navarro Baseball: Bulldogs split with Bossier, stay in first-place

Mar. 25—Navarro Bulldogs stayed in first-place with their biggest comeback of the season Saturday.

The Bulldogs bounced back from a tough 3-2 loss Saturday and erased an 8-0 deficit to win the nightcap of a doubleheader 12-8 against Bossier Parish at home to tighten their grip on first-place in the Region XIV North Zone race.

The Dawgs came back from an 8-0 deficit in the first inning and scored five runs in the fifth and seven in the seventh to win 12-8, thanks to the pitching of Tony Garcia, who started the second and shut down Bossier over the final eight innings. Garcia allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out seven to pick up the win in relief.

Matt Houston led the comeback, going 3-for-4, scoring a run and driving in two runs, Theo Kummer went 3-for-5, scored twice and drove in two runs and Bryce Jones had two RBIs.

Brady Englett tripled home a run and scored, Jack Opoien went 1-for-4 with a walk, scored twice and drove in a run and Braden Gotisha scored and drove in a run and the Bulldogs took advantage of 13 walks and 10 hits to pull off their biggest comeback of the season.

Gotisha and Houston had RBIs in the opening 3-2 loss and McCann Libby, who doubled, and Englett scored for the Bulldogs. Sam Gerth pitched well, allowing two earned runs over 5 1/3 innings on four hits while striking out nine in the loss.

The Bulldogs (20-12) have played half their North Zone schedule and are 11-4 with 15 Zone games left. They lead second-place Tyler (10-5) and third-place Northeast (9-6), which dropped two games to Panola over the weekend.

The Dawgs get back to Zone play this week with a home game Tuesday and a doubleheader on the road Saturday against Angelina.