TEXARKANA, Texas — It was a rough start.
The Texarkana Twins dropped the season and home opener, 12-2, against the Amarillo Sod Dogs in a Texas Collegiate League baseball game at George Dobson Field on Tuesday.
The Twins collected just four hits, while Amarillo smacked 12. Texarkana had its first practice on Thursday and were a little rusty on Tuesday evening.
Texarkana inched closer with a run in the sixth inning. Cameron Dollar singled and moved up to second when Charlie Welch walked. Dollar scored from second on a throwing error by catcher Jason Hare to make it 5-2.
The Sod Dogs responded with four runs on four hits in the top of the seventh to take a 9-2 lead.
Amarillo put the game out of reach with two runs in the ninth frame on a single and a triple.
Jay French singled up the middle and stole second for the Twins in the first frame. French stole third and scored on catcher Hare's throwing error.
Dollar singled for Texarkana in the third with two outs but was left stranded.
Amarillo took the lead with five runs in the fourth frame on three hits. Texarkana pitcher Hunt hit a batter and walked one in the frame.
Tyler Trovinger hit a hot roller toward third base and beat out the throw for a single in the fourth for the Twins. Trovinger was left stranded.
River Hunt took the loss, pitched 3 1/3 innings, gave up five runs on four hits, walked one, struck out three and hit a batter.
Nolan Hudi earned the win, gave up an unearned run over five frames, struck out six, did not walk a batter and allowed just three hits.
Texarkana takes on Amarillo today at 7:05 p.m. in the second game of a 3-game series.