The Tolar Rattlers fell behind early and could not catch up as they dropped a 10-4 road baseball contest at Rio Vista Friday.
The Rattlers (9-7 overall) fell to 1-4 at the midpoint of the District 10-2A race.
Stevie Morphew led Tolar, going 2-for-4. Dusty Kimmel had a hit and two RBIs.
The game was also the fourth of five consecutive road contests for the Rattlers. They wrapped up that grueling stretch yesterday with a game at Grandview.
The Rattlers are now home for the final four games of the regular season.
“We are definitely in a must-win situation now,” said Tolar coach Darrell Hogan.
“We will be home for the rest of the year, needing all four of those games to make the playoffs.”
Tolar 002 010 1 – 4 6
Rio Vista 321220 x – 10 12
Tolar pitching – Cade Brown 4.2 innings, 11 hits, 1 walk, 3 hit batters, 5 strikeouts; tyler McMillen 1.1 innings, 1 hit, 1 strikeout.
Tolar hitting – Stevie Morphew 2-4; Dakota Endsley 1-4, RBI; Lance Smith 1-4; Brandon Northcutt 1-3; Dusty Kimmell1-4, 2 RBIs; Brown RBI.
Tolar record – 9-7, 1-4 in District 10-2A.