In a 2-2 ballgame in the seventh inning, Brad Losleben took his lead off third base. With nobody out and a 2-1 count on the leadoff hitter Brandon Keith, ball three eluded the Willow Canyon catcher and shot back to the backstop. Losleben stayed at third base as the ball bounced hard off the chain-link backstop. No need to risk anything with the top of the Bulldogs potent lineup at the plate. The fourth ball of the plate appearance was wide of the catcher as well, but this time rolled up the backstop, allowing Losleben to slide home easily only to be mobbed by an excited group of teenagers wielding water bottles to douse the senior in celebration.
The Bulldogs began their week, and series, against regional opponent Willow Canyon on Tuesday with a dominating performance on the mound by senior Terrell Hudson. The New Mexico commit casually tossed a complete game, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out nine. The only blemish on Hudson’s day was a third inning in which he pegged and walked the first two batters, who would later score on a high chopper over third base. Hudsdon would only allow one more baserunner the rest of the day.
The other half of the Bulldogs battery, junior Kyele Roe, sent an 0-1 pitch over the left field fence for a solo shot in the first inning. In the second, Keith knocked in Losleben from second base on a single to center to take the 2-0 lead. Keith also made the defensive play of the game in the seventh when he corralled a high throw from centerfielder Tyler Nichols to tag out a Wildcat trying to stretch a single into a double.