It appeared that the Litchfield Blues were going to earn their first win of the season Sunday, until the Howard Lake Orphans came back to win 3-2.
Litchfield scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 2-0 lead. Howard Lake responded with a run in the bottom of the inning, but the Blues continued to hold on to their lead.
That lasted until the eighth inning, when the Orphans plated two runs to take their first lead of the game. Litchfield couldn't bring home any runs in the ninth and lost the road contest.
Litchfield was held to just four hits, one of which was a double by John Kiehn. Kiehn and Brady Smith each had RBIs for the Blues, while Joey Hyde allowed three runs in eight innings on the mound.
The Blues next play at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when they host Buffalo.
Howard Lake Orphans 3, Litchfield Blues 2 (June 9)
Litch ... 000 200 000 - 2
H.L. ... 000 100 02x - 3
Batting - A. Loch 0-4; M. Spreiter 0-4; C. Klabunde 0-4, R; B. Smith 1-4, RBI; J. Jones 1-4, R; J. Kiehn 1-4, RBI; J. Hyde 0-4; A. Kaping 0-4; E. Kaping 1-3; Totals - 4-35, 2R, 2RBI, 0BB, 3K
2B - Kiehn
Pitching - J. Hyde (L) 8IP-7H-3R-3ER-3BB-5K
Howard Lake stats
Batting totals - 7-29, 3R, 3RBI, 3BB, 5K
Pitching totals - 9IP-4H-2R-1ER-0BB-3K