It would be hard enough to beat the Galena Black Sox at full strength, but when you are down to just 11 or 12 players it’s virtually impossible.
“We have some players who are sick or hurt,” Carson coach Bryan Manoukian said. “We’re not at full strength. We’re just going to keep showing up and compete as hard as we can.
“They are a really good team. So far from what I’ve seen they might be the best in the league. We need to make some better pitches with two strikes.”
Brock Raggio went 4-for-4 with three RBI and Tim Lichty went 3-for-4 with two RBI, including a homer, to lead the Black Sox to a 10-5 win on Sunday afternoon.
The loss dropped Carson to 4-5 entering Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Reno Knights at 5 p.m.
Carson led just once in the game, and that was in the first inning when Gehrig Tucker led off the game with a single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Chase Blueberg.
The Black Sox quickly put the game out of reach with two runs in the second and five in the third off starter/loser Chazz Nystrom.
Raggio and Jared Grenert drove in the runs in the second inning, and Lichty slammed a two-run homer in the third. Raggio also contributed a two-run single in the third.
The Black Sox touched John Holton for two runs in the fourth to make it 9-1. Eric Anderson and winning pitcher Wyatt Nebe drove in the runs.
Carson made it 9-3 in the fifth when Tucker singled and came around to score on a single by Jace Zampirro. Blueberg drove in the other run.
Tucker led Carson with three hits, while Dom Norton, Blueberg and Danny Guthrie added two apiece.