The North Putnam middle school baseball team couldn't recover from a mistake-filled fourth inning as it dropped a 16-9 decision to Plainfield Tuesday night.
The Cougars led 5-3 going into the top of the fourth when the Quakers took advantage of two misplayed fly balls and a combination of six wild pitches and passed balls to plate seven runs and a 10-5 lead. North Putnam fought back in the bottom of the fourth by scoring four runs and closed the gap to 10-9.
But Plainfield scored once in the both the fifth and sixth inning and sealed the win with four more runs in the seventh.
Seventh grader and starting pitcher Austin Day led the Cougars at the plate with a pair of singles and three RBIs. Eighth graders Jake Worth and Brandon Kimmel also had two hits each.
North Putnam finished the game with 10 hits, but couldn't overcome six errors in the field.
The Cougars (3-4-1), who have now lost their last four of five contests, host the Crawfordsville seventh grade team Thursday night at 6 p.m. North Putnam won the first meeting between the two teams 21-14 when they met in Crawfordsville two weeks ago.