A seventh-inning rally fell short Saturday as the New Palestine baseball team dropped a 7-5 decision to visiting Batesville.
Trailing 7-3 going into the bottom of the seventh, the Dragons loaded the bases by drawing three walks. Caleb Davis drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk after falling behind 1-2 in the count. Maddox Manes then drew another walk. With the potential winning run on base, the Dragons popped out to end the threat.
NP scored its five runs on three hits. The Dragons took a 1-0 lead in the third when Eli Bruns tripled and scored on Reise Quillen’s groundout. In the fourth, NP retook the lead 2-1 when Davis singled, advanced to second on an error, then scored on a wild pitch and a passed ball. NP extended the lead to 3-1 in the fifth with a hit batter, walk and an error.
Batesville rallied with a run in the sixth, and then took the lead by scoring five runs on five hits, a walk and a hit batter in the seventh.
The Bulldogs outhit the Dragons 11-3. Davis had two of the Dragons’ hits.
Brendan Tabor took the decision in relief, allowing two earned runs and three hits in two innings. Blaine Nunnally had a solid start, allowing one earned run, four hits and striking out four in four innings.
The Dragons are now 2-2 on the season. They are back in action at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Perry Meridian.