By Gerry Steele
email@example.com Baker's bats were silent Tuesday in a nonleague baseball game against Columbia High School of Nampa at the Baker Sports Complex.
The Bulldogs (2-2) managed just four hits on the way to dropping a 5-0 game that finished in a steady rain.
The game also was interrupted for 10 minutes in the bottom of the third inning when the field was cleared due to lightning striking in the Virtue Flat area.
"The first part of the game I thought we played well," said Baker coach Tim Smith. "Kind of getting a feel for things.
"Then after the lightning delay we just couldn't get anything going."
The game was scoreless prior to the delay, but Columbia used a two-run home run to take a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth.
The closest Baker came to scoring after that was in the fifth when Micah Mespelt rapped a one-out double.
The Bulldogs struck out nine times in the game, including six of the final eight outs after Mespelt's hit.
"That can't happen," Smith said.
Caleb Custer threw into the seventh inning for the Bulldogs, striking out 10.
"I thought Caleb threw well. He battled back well after giving up the home run," Smith said.
Baker has two more nonleague games this week, at Fruitland Thursday and at Emmett Saturday.
Columbia 0002201 - 5
Baker 0000000 - 0
Custer, Dixon (7) and Mespelt.LP -Custer.
Baker hits -Bachman, Plumbtree, Mespelt, Srack.Baker RBI -none.