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Updated: 03/22/2013 08:00:02AM

Young Bulldogs
fall to North Port 6-1

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ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.com
DeSoto County freshman Will Nelson checks the runner on first before he delivers to the batter. Nelson was making his first start on the hill in his high school career and pitched four very strong innings in which he struck out four and gave up just three hits to the North Port Bobcats in their 6-1 win over DeSoto County.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.com
Bulldog third baseman Wesley Georges puts the tag on the North Port runner as he dives back into third on a pickoff attempt by catcher Caleb Shelfer. He was called safe on a close play in the March 18 6-1 loss to the Bobcats.

By Steve Knapp

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The youth and inexperience of the DeSoto County baseball team showed itself in the game this past Monday in North Port. Playing a 12:30 p.m. contest with a couple hundred students around the fences and in the stands, the Bulldogs kept the game close for four innings before North Port pulled away with a 6-1 win. The game was played in a constant drizzle that caused a delay in the fifth inning so the mound could be raked and covered with quick dry. The junior varsity game scheduled for 3:30 p.m. was canceled along with the tennis match that the Bulldogs were coming to North Port to play.

“We’re young. Only our shortstop (Garrett Anderson) has played on varsity before this season,” said head coach Trey Hill. He’s been on varsity all four years but the other eight players are in their first season here.”

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