BARSTOW • There wasn't a single thing that cost the Barstow High School baseball team a win on Wednesday — there were a lot of little things.
The Aztecs (5-10, 1-6 Desert Sky League) fell 7-2 to Burroughs (10-6, 3-2 DSL) in a game that was close all the way until the final out. Barstow only had one error, got hits, put runners in scoring position and held off any big innings for the Burros, but were unable to earn the win.
Burroughs simply played consistent offense adding a run or two in most innings. The Burros scored in five of the seven innings, had six different players with RBIs and eight players with hits on Wednesday. Burroughs Nick Meyers led the team with a two-run home run in the sixth inning to score the team's final runs of the game.
"They just kept chipping away at us," Barstow coach Roland Fite said. "It's what we should have done."
Burroughs coach John Holmes said Wednesday was a typical game for his team.
"This is how we've been playing this season," Holmes said. "We get solid hitting throughout the line up. We just keep putting pressure on teams. Honestly I thought we were a little sloppy today."
Holmes has high expectations for his team. The Burros ended the day with only two errors, but walked six batters at the plate a number Holmes said was extremely high for starting pitcher Daniel Pietrangelo. Pietrangelo may have been having an off day, but it didn't help the Aztecs' hitters much. Barstow ended the day with six hits and four of those came in the first three innings.
A problem that proved bigger than simply getting Aztecs on base was getting runners home. Barstow left 10 runners on base on Wednesday. The majority of those runners left on base came in the third and seventh innings both of which ended with bases loaded. More distressing for the Aztecs is that they only had one out when they loaded the bases in the third inning and no outs when they did the same in the seventh inning. However, Barstow wasn't able to take advantage of the situation either time.
"Our problem was just not knowing the situation and not having discipline at the plate," Fite said. "We had guys swinging and flying out or hitting into double plays with 3-0 and 3-1 counts. That's a problem."
Tyler Fulgham started the day on the mound for Barstow and ended the game with one strikeout and five walks. Austin Crank relieved him and earned two strikeouts while giving up one walk.
Burroughs 101 122 0 — 7 11 2
Barstow 011 000 0 — 2 6 1
D. Pietrangelo, Woodman (7) and C. Pietrangelo; Fulgham, Crank (6) and Luna. WP — Pietrangelo. LP — Fulgham. 2B — Woodman, Douglas (Bu). HR — Meyers (Bu).