Things started out promising for the Waterloo baseball team Saturday in the regional championship game against Mascoutah at WHS.
The Bulldogs scratched across an unearned run in the top of the first inning against highly touted Mascoutah pitcher Ryan Netemeyer without the benefit of a hit.
But errors doomed the ‘Dogs from there, and Netemeyer proved too challenging for the Waterloo bats as the Indians came away with a 5-1 win.
Waterloo committed four errors in the contest, probably none more costly than a fly ball to deep left in the bottom of the first off the bat of Mascoutah’s Jacob Pratt that evaded the grasp of outfielder Brett Degener, allowing two runs to score.
Waterloo senior Austin Nunnery pitched well enough to win most days, but the defensive miscues coupled with Netemeyer’s dominance spelled a season-ending loss for the ‘Dogs.
Netemeyer allowed just two hits — one by senior catcher Jonny Albers in the second inning and an infield single by Zach Schaab late in the game. Netemeyer finished with nine strikeouts.