GOSHEN — The 2014 season so far has been a struggle for the Bethany Christian baseball team, a young squad with just 11 varsity players on the roster and two seniors.
The Bruins got their first win of the campaign Monday night, a 4-3 win over Argos in eight innings.
Tuesday night at home, it was the Class 3A Tippecanoe Valley Vikings coming to town for a nonconference affair.
Bethany struggled on offense in a 10-0 loss to Tippy Valley to fall to 1-11 on the season. The contest was halted after six innings due to the 10-run rule.
Bethany coach Brent Reinhardt feared a letdown after Monday night's emotional win, and unfortunately that ended up happening Tuesday night against the Vikings.
"We came out a little flat," Reinhardt said.
Tippy Valley (10-7) scored two runs each in the first and second innings, one in the third, and then broke it open with three in the top of the fourth.
The Bruins had perhaps their best offensive threat of the night in the bottom of the fourth. With one out and Cristian Romero on first after drawing a base on balls, Jordan Glasgow stroked a double down the left-field line to put runners at second and third.
But the next two batters both flied out to end the budding rally.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Bruins threatened again, getting a runner to third with one out. But Bethany was unable to get that runner across, either.
Reinhardt said his team has to work on making the most of its scoring opportunities.
The Bruins tallied just five hits on the night, only one of those of the extra-base variety: the aforementioned double by Glasgow.
Tippy Valley coach Brandon Cody, meanwhile, was pleased with a six-inning complete game from Jay Myers.
"We have four games this week, so we were looking to save some pitching for the end of the week," Cody said. "Jay did a great job out there for us tonight."