BAINBRIDGE -- The North Putnam baseball team suffered just its third loss of the season Wednesday, falling to Cascade 6-5 at home.
The Cougars (13-3, 4-2 WCC) put up three runs in the seventh, but it was too little, too late. While the Cougars have pulled off a couple of seventh-inning comebacks this season, coach Norm Fish said his team needs to learn that they can't always turn it on in the seventh.
"We weren't ready to play and I take the blame," Fish said. "I sensed it, but it was too late. We gotta get ready to play at 3:30. If we do it at five, it's too late."
Griffen Dahlstrom started for the Cougars, allowing four runs on six hits. He struck out five batters.
Kyle Rooker relieved Dahlstrom, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks to take the loss.
North Putnam struck out 15 times on the night.
"We were flat at the plate," Fish said.
For the Cougar offense, Dahlstrom was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Rooker had a home run and three RBI. The senior now has nine homers on the season.
Shawn Diebold was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Darr Boruf and J.T. Francies each picked up a single.
"We have to come out every practice day and every game day ready to learn. It doesn't surprise me a bit that we got beat because Cascade is a good team," Fish commented.
The Cougars visit Crawfordsville at 4:30 p.m. Friday for a JV/varsity doubleheader.
At North Putnam
Cascade 300 100 2 -- 6 8 1
North Putnam 100 010 3 -- 5 7 2
Blinn and Able; Dahlstrom, Rooker (5) and Berry.
WP -- Blinn.
LP -- Rooker.
HR -- Rooker (NP).