Hard times continued on for Dallas Center-Grimes baseball Thursday night as their grueling schedule posted the Mustangs up against Class 3A’s second ranked Carlisle.

The ranked Wildcats out-dueled the Mustangs with a decisive seven run sixth inning to take the win by a 13-3 final.

The Mustangs did show lots of resolve early as they matched Carlisle’s two run first with a run in each of the first and second innings. It was the middle innings where the tides turned more favorably in Carlisle’s favor as the Wildcats plated one run in the fourth, three runs in the fifth, all leading to the seven run sixth inning. Meanwhile the Mustangs did account for one more run in the sixth, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit.

The Mustangs did account for six hits on the night and suffered just four strikeouts while walking once. DC-G pitching held tough but gave up 13 runs on 13 hits including a pair of home runs to a Wildcat team with the second most home runs across the entire state of Iowa (25).

Big innings against the Mustangs have been a reoccurring theme this season but it’s one that head coach Byron Peyton says is not a deterrent, but rather a motivator for his team.

“No one likes to have big innings go against them but sometimes it happens,” began Peyton. “Teams can choose to let it effect them in a negative way or they can choose to learn from them and I feel that’s what this team is doing. Our schedule is very tough and we’re seeing some of the best teams in the state and no matter if we win or loose, this team is always learning and growing. Those big innings are motivation for this team to turn around and do the same to another team.”

The now 6-18 Mustangs will continue to improve as they look to stop the loosing skid in Waukee tonight, taking on Class 4A’s tenth ranked Warriors. It will be a single game set and will begin from the Waukee High School baseball field at 7 p.m.