A dusty haze hung over Perry D. Graham Field — perfect weather for a strange end to a series between Navarro and McLennan.

The Bulldogs struggled to take advantage of scoring opportunities in the third game, but capitalized on the Highlanders’ mistakes to win 5-4 and takes the series, 2-1.

Navarro had two hits with runners in scoring position and left seven runners on base, but still won thanks to a couple of key mistakes by McLennan.

In the bottom of the 10th inning, Highlanders pitcher Ben Odom balked the winning run in. Brandon Sprinkel, who reached on a single and made it to third base on a Stephen Derrick base hit, scored the winning run to give the Bulldogs (7-7) the win — only their second in the last seven games.

Mistakes by the Highlanders had already kept Navarro in the game.

Navarro forced extra innings when Zach Grichor hit a ball to McLennan second baseman Chris Hermann, who juggled the ball long enough for Grichor to get to first and for pinch-runner Michael Medrano to score.

Jared Rogers (1-1) started the game for the Bulldogs and had a 3-0 lead heading into the top of the sixth inning. But Rogers got into trouble when he loaded the bases with one out. McLennan’s James Hipp hit a double-play ball to second base and Zach Grichor made the toss to shortstop Brock Holt, who made the tag but his throw to first was off target, helping two runs score. The next batter, Matt Bauer, drove Hipp home from second to tie the game.

Navarro had many chances to score more runs. In the bottom of the sixth, McLennan’s Michael Houston walked Grichor, gave up a hit to Rodgers and hit Brandon Sprinkel with a pitch to load the bases, but the Bulldogs came up empty.

Only Trent Blanchard and Jordan Kopycinski managed to get hits with runners in scoring position.

Blanchard came up again in the bottom of the eighth with runners on second and third, but hit a grounder to third baseman Tyler Hohman, who fielded the ball bare-handed and threw out Blanchard on a close play at first.

In the second game of the series, the Bulldogs lost to McLennan, 8-3.

Brandon Gaviglio (2-1) went three innings and picked up the loss. Brock Holt went 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base and designated hitter Tre Lips went 1-for-2 with an RBI.

After Navarro cut the score to 5-3, McLennan’s James Hipp hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth.

Navarro beat McLennan 11-4 in the first game of the series.

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