MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Dunkirk (0-2) dropped its second game at the Mingo Bay Classic, 10-5, to Palmyra-Macedon of Section 5.
"We were in the ball game," Dunkirk head coach Frank Jagoda said. "We were down 5-4 going into the fifth, but we made a couple bad plays and we made too many mental errors in the inning. It just kind of snowballed and regressed from there."
The Red Raiders touched up Marauders' starter Alex Crossan, chasing the Dunkirk senior off the hill after he allowed five runs over the game's first two innings. Crossan surrendered five hits while striking out two, walking two and hitting a batter.
Dunkirk fought back with a three-run third inning and scored a single run in the top of the fourth, but its defense fell apart in the bottom of the fifth as Palmyra-Macedon plated four runs to put the game out of reach.
"Our approach at the plate was a lot better (Wednesday)," Jagoda said. "I think we came out with a little more purpose. We played five good innings of ball, but we've got to play seven."
Ryan Ruiz went 3-for-3 at the dish for Dunkirk, adding a stolen base while tossing 1 1/3 innings in relief. He allowed a run on three hits.
Also for the Marauders, Alex Kubera had a pair of hits, including a double while Same Pepe and Crossan added a double and RBI each. Kevin Burns, Drew Messina and Nate Skubis also chipped in RBIs in the loss.
"I'm pleased with how the middle and lower half of the order put the ball in play and created opportunities for us," Jagoda added.
Dunkirk finished with nine hits while striking out five times, compared to the 15 it amassed on Tuesday.
Messina allowed three hits while striking out five over 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Tyler Kubasik finished off the bottom of the sixth with a strikeout.
Dunkirk will be back in action today at 8:30 a.m. when they take on Newark, also of Section 5.