ANSONIA — Ansonia allowed just four hits but couldn’t get enough offense going as the Tigers baseball team lost 2-0 to Bethel on Tuesday in Ansonia.
While Bethel was held in check most of the game by Ansonia pitcher Max Muir and the defense behind him, the Bees pushed a pair of runs including one unearned run across the plate for the Cross County Conference victory.
“We played pretty well tonight,” Ansonia coach Zack Evers said. “Played defense a lot better than we have our last four games. I think we had two errors tonight, and that’s … aw man, that’s just great. I’ve got some young kids out here so we’re getting better as each game goes on, and if we can eliminate errors and giving up free runs that’s big for us.”
Both teams had four hits on the night. Ansonia had three errors while Bethel had one.
Muir pitched the complete game for Ansonia, allowing one earned run and one unearned run on four hits, no walks and five strikeouts. After needing almost 100 pitches to get through four innings against Mississinawa Valley on Saturday, he needed just 83 in Tuesday’s seven-inning effort.
“Max did an awesome job tonight. He threw a lot of strikes,” Evers said. “He struck out quite a few, and he really eliminated those hard hits. He was down and getting ground balls, and the defense behind him was able to really take care of him.”
Bethel was able to get a couple runs off Muir and the Tigers, first in the top of the second inning. After a leadoff single and a hit batter, a pair of back-to-back groundouts brought in Bethel’s first run for a 1-0 lead.
The Bees added one more run in the fifth as a single was followed by a throwing error, a wild pitch and a steal of home for a 2-0 Bethel lead.
Ansonia had its opportunities to score and had the bases loaded in the second and fifth innings plus the Tigers had a pair of runners in the fourth but couldn’t plate a run any time.
“We’ve got to string some together,” Evers said. “We’re trying to still find the balance in the lineup, figuring out who’s going to be our leadoff and try to figure whether or DH is working for us or not, kind of getting a feel for some of the kids since we’re finally getting outside.”
Alex Hughes, Dalton Subler, Muir and Micheal Werts each had a hit for Ansonia. Logan Miller was one base twice as he walked two times.
Ansonia fell to 0-5 with the loss, but Evers was optimistic about the outlook for his young team.
“I really like our progress,” he said. “I really do.”