MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The Dunkirk Marauders had a rough outing in their first game at the Mingo Bay Classic, as they fell to Buckeye High School of Ohio, 7-1, Tuesday in high school baseball action.
Dunkirk's Drew Messina had the only two hits for the Marauders, including a RBI single and a double.
Buckeye junior pitcher Steve Kraus, who has committed to play college ball at Kent State, struck out 15 Marauder batters - seven looking.
"We just didn't swing the bats well, or at all," Dunkirk coach Frank Jagoda said. "Kraus was a good lefty."
Dunkirk's lone run came in the third inning as Ed Gomez and Sam Pepe each walked. Messina followed with an RBI single to plate Gomez.
Buckeye broke the game open in the fourth as it scored five unearned runs with two outs.
"One inning we played very good defense and picked off two guys in an inning, then the next inning we did not play solid defense"
The Marauders' Sam Pepe pitched the first 3 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and gave up just one walk. He gave up six runs - five of which were unearned. Kevin Burns gave up just one walk in two innings and Tyler Kubasik pitched an inning and induced a double play.
"I am glad we got on the field," Jagoda said. "We played a team today that had nine seniors on the field and we had three position players returning from last year. We are new to this and it wasn't a bad day in terms of morale and playing baseball, but we certainly need to get better at the plate and in the field."
Dunkirk returns to action today at 10 a.m.