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Updated: 05/09/2013 08:01:25AM

Bulldogs’ season ends after marathon day

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ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.com
DeSoto County’s Brad Roberts goes high in the air to catch a ball thrown by catcher Will Nelson on a steal by a Berkeley runner. The Bulldogs lost the quarter final regional game 7-6 in ten innings to end their season with a final record of 11-12.

ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.com
DeSoto County coach Trey Hill congratulates Tony LaLonde after his two-run double with two outs in the seventh inning gave the Bulldogs a temporary lead. LaLonde drove in four runs and made a diving, sliding catch in the outfield in the 7-6 loss to Berkeley Prep.

ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.com
Senior Bryan Sands kicks back and waits for the rain to stop as he enjoys a slice from one of the eight pizzas that DeSoto County baseball coach Trey Hill bought for the team. It had been more than eight hours between the time that the players had lunch at school until the game started, so they were getting hungry.

ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.com
Brad Roberts kicks the mud off of his spikes in the bottom of the tenth inning. The scoreboard tells the story of the marathon game that ended the DeSoto County baseball season. The team arrived back in Arcadia after 2 a.m. following their season-ending loss to Berkeley Prep in Tampa 7-6.

By Steve Knapp

Arcadian Sports Director

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It was a long day for the DeSoto County baseball team in more ways than one. The Bulldogs boarded the bus at 1:30 p.m. Thursday for the trip to Tampa for their regional quarterfinal game against Berkeley Prep. Little did they know they wouldn’t leave Tampa until the next day. Their ten-inning, 7-6 loss made the two-hour bus ride home even longer.

The game had been rained out Wednesday and moved to a 5 p.m. start Thursday to avoid the predicted rain. During pregame workouts, lightning was registered on the detection meters so both teams had to leave the field. With a new game time scheduled for 6:15 p.m., Mother Nature didn’t cooperate as she dumped a 45-minute shower on the field starting at 6 p.m.

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