The season came to an end for the fourth-seeded Rolla High School baseball team on Tuesday, as the Bulldogs fell to fifth-seeded Washington 10-5 in first-round action of the weather-delayed Missouri Class 4 District 2 Tournament.


Rolla, district champion in 2009, finishes the ’10 campaign with a 12-14 record.


The Bulldogs had a 4-1 lead after three innings.


RHS got two runs in the bottom of the second inning, as Clayton Parker singled and advanced on an error by the second baseman off a ball hit by Josh Arikian. Joel Laney followed with a two-run single.


The season came to an end for the fourth-seeded Rolla High School baseball team on Tuesday, as the Bulldogs fell to fifth-seeded Washington 10-5 in first-round action of the weather-delayed Missouri Class 4 District 2 Tournament.

Rolla, district champion in 2009, finishes the ’10 campaign with a 12-14 record.

The Bulldogs had a 4-1 lead after three innings.

RHS got two runs in the bottom of the second inning, as Clayton Parker singled and advanced on an error by the second baseman off a ball hit by Josh Arikian. Joel Laney followed with a two-run single.

After Washington got a run in the top of the third the Bulldogs got two more in the bottom of the inning, as Trevor Dinsdale singled followed by an error by the third baseman off a ball hit by Zak Maedgen. Gavin Otte followed with a sacrifice bunt and then Zach Mittendorf belted an RBI single and Jacob Zelasko made it 4-1 with a RBI sacrifice fly.

Each team got a run in the fourth, Rolla’s coming when Arikian walked, Laney singled and Dinsdale drilled an RBI single.

However, the Washington Blue Jays outscored Rolla 8-0 the rest of the way, getting four runs in the fifth and two in each of the sixth and seventh innings.

Zelasko, a sophomore right-hander, pitched into the fifth inning and then was relieved in the fifth by Dinsdale. Tanner Martin came on to pitch for the Bulldogs in the sixth and finished up on the mound.

Washington outhit the Bulldogs 10-8.

Dinsdale was 2-for-3 at the plate for RHS.

“This year’s team struggled some in putting all three facets of the game together at the same time,” said RHS head coach Jason Swearingen. “We would pitch well, or hit or play defense but not at the same time.”

Several key varsity players will be returning for next season, along with a talented junior varsity squad.

“We’ve got some guys coming back who can continue to improve and we’ll have an influx of jayvee kids fighting for positions. Hopefully we’ll have a lot of competition for jobs, because competition makes you better.”