PRINCETON — History was made Thursday afternoon on the baseball diamond at the Fred L. Bartholomew Athletic Complex. But it was not the type of history that Princeton's Bulldogs wanted to make.
For the first time in the history of the Deacon Jones Invitational Easter Tournament, the Bulldogs were relegated to a fourth place finish, following a 7-4 loss to Carolina 1A Conference rival Spring Creek in the consolation game of the annual event. But the Bulldogs (6-10) put up a ferocious fight.
A double by Matt Edwards and a single from Matt Daughtry led to a 2-1 first-inning lead for the Bulldogs, who belted a total of eight hits in the game against Gators starter Logan Miller and reliever Will Rouse.
But Princeton couldn't hold the lead, surrendering single markers in the second and fourth innings as Spring Creek (15-2) loaded the bases in both frames against Bulldogs starter Tylern Beasley. Princeton forged a tie in the fourth off a walk to Tyler Ricks, an error and an RBI single from Beasley.
Spring Creek responded with a pair of sixth-inning runs, highlighted by Sawyer Smith's RBI double.
Tanner Flowers, who relieved Bealsey and took the loss, led off the sixth with a triple and scored on a grounder to cut the deficit to 5-4, only to see the Gators push two more across the plate in the seventh, courtesy of three Bulldogs errors.