It’s a known fact in baseball, you can’t defense free passes.
Baker pitchers continued to find that out Thursday in a 19-3 loss to Ketchican High School at a tournament in Arizona.
Five Baker hurlers issued 21 walks and hit four batters.
“We struggled on the mound again,” said Baker coach Tim Smith.
“Right now our pitchers are having a real tough time finding the strike zone. Hopefully, we can learn from it.”
Smith said Ketchican only outhit the Bulldogs 10-8. But it was the results of those hits that spelled the difference.
“When we got a hit there was usually nobody on base. But when they got a hit it usually scored two or three runs,” Smith said.
Baker (1-3) hosts Nyssa in a nonleague doubleheader Tuesday at the Baker Sports Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Ketchican 5 0 1 12 1 — 19
Baker 1 1 1 0 0 — 3
Lay, Osborn (1), Smith (3), Shirtcliff (4), Curry (4) and Van Arsdall. LP — Lay.
Baker hits — McCauley, Bennett 2, Smith 2, Van Arsdall, Mastrude, Golar. Baker RBI — McCauley, Smith.
2B — McCauley, Golar.