Hits help in the game, but it’s the runs that count. The Hippos defense played strong in their game Thursday night against Round Rock but couldn’t hold the lead late falling 4-2. The Hippos also lost a late lead against the Dragons earlier last week 6-3 at home.
Still reeling from last Tuesday night’s loss, the Hutto Hippos were looking for payback at Round Rock. Luke Nash stepped in and led off the game with a single for the Hippos. A ground out play put Nash at third with two outs. Carson Babb then doubled on a full fount to right field driving Nash in to put Hutto up 1-0.
The Dragons would even the game up in the bottom of the opening inning but would do no more damage.
Hutto reclaimed the lead in the top of the third inning. After a walk on four pitches to Garet Boehm, Andrew Ender singled on a shot to left field. Xander Hall stepped up drove the ball to the middle infield. The error by the shortstop sent Boehm home to put the Hutto Hippos back on top 2-1.
The middle innings went quiet until the Round Rock fifth when the Dragons took over. A run with one out, followed by another run with two down put Round Rock up 3-2.
Only getting one baserunner on in the sixth sealed the Hippos loss as the Dragons added an insurance run in their sixth to seal the win.
Carson Babb pitched five innings on the hill recording 10 strikeouts and seven walks.
The back-to-back losses to Round Rock puts the Hippos record at 7-13-1.
The Hippos were back on the road again last night at Stony Point and will host the Tigers on Friday night.