SANTO DOMINGO, D.R. – The Castleton baseball team battled back once again, but came up just short against the Dominican Republic Police team, 7-6, on Wednesday morning in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
The Dominican Police team jumped out to an early 4-0 lead through the first three innings, but Castleton climbed back once again getting the better of its opponent late in the game.
Castleton chipped away with two runs in the top of the fourth inning. Zach Bahan, Jonathan Lindau, and Henrik Barbin each reached base successfully to load the bases, before Matt Jackson cracked a double in the gap to score two runs and cut into the deficit.
With the bases loaded again the sixth inning, the Spartans closed the gap once more. Andrew Graciano started the inning with a leadoff hit by pitch. After Deagan Poland singled and Dillon Benham reached on an error, Bahan laced a two-RBI double of his own into left center to make the score 6-4.
The Dominican Police team added one run in the bottom of the seventh to make it 7-4, and that proved to be the difference. In the top of the ninth, Benham delivered a two-run home run over the right field wall to make it 7-6, but that was as close as the Spartans could get.
Castleton will play its final game in the Dominican Republic at 10 a.m. on Thursday against the Hiroshima Carp in San Pedro de Macoris.