Post-season jitters get to Bulldogs

Hampton-Dumont head coach Matt Lokenvitz meets with starting pitcher Dustin Miller while catcher Zarek Mahler looks on during the Class 2A district game at Parkersburg on Saturday, July 7. (Kristi Nixon/Hampton Chronicle)

PARKERSBURG — Hampton-Dumont fell victim to post-season nerves in falling into a 3-0 hole against South Hamilton in an eventual 7-3 loss to the Hawks on Saturday, July 7 in the Class 2A District 13 opener.

The Bulldogs struck out 11 times against South Hamilton complete-game winner C.J. Hewitt and struggled on the mound and defensively in the first three innings to end the season with a 10-16 record.

“This was the first game we looked nervous. We’ve been young all year but this is the first game we looked nervous, like we are not quite sure what is going on and how we are doing things,” H-D coach Matt Lokenvitz said. “This was the team we played with all year and this is the team that was going to battle.”

The full story appears in the July 11 print and online editions of the Hampton Chronicle.