Day Lily Rust.

first_imgA new plant disease threatens to blemish the reputation of Georgia day lilies. Timely identification and strict regulatory efforts, though, have stopped the disease for now.The disease, day lily rust, was first identified in Georgia in August 2000, said Jean Woodward, an Extension Service plant pathologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. It has also been found in Florida, Alabama, South Carolina and California.”Right now, the day lily rust is a concern for nurseries in the state,” Woodward said. “The average gardener shouldn’t be worried, but should be aware.”Apart from their beauty, day lilies have the reputation for being low-maintenance plants. The rust disease could compromise that reputation.Stopping the Spread”If we let the rust go and don’t stop its spread, 10 or 20 years from now there may be a lot of day lily rust around,” Woodward said. “There’s a day lily in every garden and every roadside, and there’s a chance this could spread.”But because we were so quick to identify the rust, get the right people involved and get information out to major growers to watch the imported day lilies,” she said, “we were able to get on top of this.”It has worked. Nurseries that had the rust, she said, aren’t seeing it this year.Woodward wants consumers and gardeners to be aware of the new disease, though. If you believe a day lily may be suspect, contact the county extension service.Looks Like Streak, Acts Like Rust Photo:UGA Plant Pathology Daylily rust covers the upper and lower part of the leaf surface with orange spores. Initially, the rust looks a lot like another common day lily condition known as leaf streak, which causes tanned spots on the plant.”If it (the day lily) has a sunk-in and water-soaked appearance,” Woodward said, “(don’t) be concerned. It’s leaf streak.”If it’s the new disease, though, within two weeks a fungus will produce powdery spores on the day lily. The bright orange spores will be on both the upper and lower leaf surfaces, she said.The disease can spread fast, because the wind easily carries the spores. “Because it’s rust, it’s not going to kill the plant,” she said. “The rust needs living tissue to survive.”The rust’s survival depends greatly on the type of day lily. Georgia grows two types: dormant and nondormant.The rust may not survive the winter on dormant varieties, Woodward says. But it will survive on nondormant types, as well as on older leaf tissue during milder winters.”One year a day lily could experience the disease and the next year be totally free of it,” she said.Big Domestic IndustryDay lily rust is native to Asia. However, it’s believed to have been introduced into at least one Georgia nursery from plants originating in Central America.Day lilies are commonly shipped into the United States from Central and South America. Most of the day lilies grown in these countries, particularly in Central America, originate in the United States, not in Asia.The actual origin of the disease, then, is a mystery. Woodward said it may have come to the United States from Europe. U.S. day lilies shipped to Central America were then shipped back to U.S. growers.”If a grower has rust (in his day lilies), the grower should cut back the foliage, burn it and get into a fungicide spray program,” she said.Day lilies are the No. 1 perennial in the country, she said, and the Southeast produces most of the day lilies sold in the United States. Production of day lilies contributes greatly to Georgia’s $400 million nursery industry.Georgia is home to four of the top nursery growers in the country and the largest nursery east of the Mississippi River. “The industry is growing in Georgia at about 5 percent a year,” Woodward said.last_img read more

Credit Union CFO Focus: Benefits pre-funding in action

first_imgIn 2003, the National Credit Union Administration amended Regulation 701.19, giving federally chartered credit unions the ability to purchase investments that would otherwise be impermissible under parts 703 and 704, so long as these investments directly relate to the credit unions’ obligation or future obligation to support employee benefit plans.The change gave credit unions more investment options for increasing returns to help offset the cost of employee benefits. For example, credit unions could now purchase potentially higher yielding investments to help offset or pay for the costs of group health plans, 401(k) plans, and group life and disability insurance.Pre-funding employee benefits can help offset rising costs and add to your bottom line. Over the last five years, employee benefit costs have increased an average of 27 percent according to Kaiser/HRET’s annual employer benefits survey. Over the same five-year period, CUs’ investment margins have declined 13 percent, according to NCUA call report data.The process of benefits pre-funding starts with an annual estimate of a credit union’s obligations to employee benefit plans. With this information, the credit union can determine an investment to purchase. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Eat your way to wealth

first_img 225SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Derek San Filippo Derek is a freelance writer who spends his off time either working with his rescue animals or writing children’s books. He lives in San Diego with his beautiful wife … Web: www.financialfeed.com Details Never shop hungry! That seems like sound advice. Shop with a list. Also, good advice. What about cooking at home, or cutting back on Starbucks? Ouch! Surveys show that only about 10 percent of adults in the U.S. actually enjoy cooking anymore. It’s a real dilemma. Food is not only a necessity, but also such an integral part of our social structure. Business lunch, romantic dinner out, stressful day, food trucks, happy hour, morning coffee and a bagel, family get-togethers… there is just no avoiding food. Besides, food is fun!In fact, the average American household spends over $7,000 a year on food. According to data from the United States Department of Labor, approximately $3,000 of that is spent on dining out and take-out food. That means the typical household is spending nearly half of its food budget in restaurants and fast food establishments.If you’re looking to save a little money for that vacation get-away, or even just a new pair of shoes, food might be the first place to consider making some changes.Consider these money saving tips:Cut out just two restaurant or fast food meals per week. That equates to a savings of somewhere between $100 and $200 each month and, assuming there are two of you, even more. Not to mention the health benefits. With that kind of savings, you can definitely plan a nice weekend getaway or make a down payment on that new car you’ve been wanting.Eat left-overs. According to a 2014 EPA study, Americans throw away more than 100 billion pounds of food every year, 15 percent of which is still unopened and within its expiration date. That is the equivalent of 40 percent of all food production, and more than $500 per household. In 10 years, that’s worth more than $5,000. Just think of all the great things you could do with that money.Brew your own coffee. If you made Starbucks a special occasion and made your own java two days out of three, you could afford a two-day cruise to Mexico every year, just on your coffee savings alone.Shop smart. The biggest spending category for food eaten at home is for junk. Cut out those unnecessary miscellaneous items like soda, Hot Pockets, and Doritos.Plan your meals for the week. This may sound boring and time consuming, but just think of it as your new part-time job. By spending an extra 30 minutes a week getting organized, you can save upwards of $50/week per person. Once again, let’s just say you live in a 2-person household. Thrity minutes per week at a savings of $200/month … your new part-time job now pays $100/hour, and you didn’t even have to interview for it.Have fun! Get creative! Find new recipes, experiment with new foods, cook by candlelight, with friends, or even with your favorite music blasting.Employ these few tips and enjoy your new-found wealth. Remember, you can do this in moderation and still eat your way to a life of luxury!last_img read more

Making the impossible possible: If Willy Wonka can, why not credit unions?

first_img 41SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tansley Stearns Tansley is a dynamic force of nature, fiercely crusading on behalf of all credit unions while tirelessly driving forward the brand image and family spirit of Canvas. She joined us … Web: https://www.canvas.org Details I have always been a very big fan of both Roald Dahl, and most especially his book, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. Throughout Dahl’s work, he creates magical spaces where children find the joy and wonder of being a child, even if the adults around them make that journey challenging. Maybe even more importantly, Dahl makes the impossible, possible.As adults, the many bumps, bruises, scraped knees, and deflated balloons lying behind us on our journey to today fog our windshield for seeing the impossible. We’ve seen reality one too many times. We have believed in what could be, and observed that it never grew to reality. #Adulting forces us to dismiss impossible as simply that.Several months ago, I attended an event for Canvas Credit Union’s Human Resource Information System provider, Ultimate Software. Having spent six years of my life on the road during my tenure at the Filene Research Institute, I have enjoyed avoiding airplanes in the last year, so when it was time to head to Las Vegas for the event, I was less than enthusiastic. One speaker in particular made every minute of the trip worth it. His name was Mick Ebeling, and he is the founder of a company called “Not Impossible Labs.” The work that he does truly creates positive impact for human beings around the world. He looks for large challenges, what he describes as “absurdities,” and at least one person impacted negatively by that challenge and their story. He then puts together a group of creative and brilliant people to solve these problems. He and his team have helped artists that lost their ability to use their hands due to ALS, draw with their eyes. They used a 3D printer to create arms for Daniel, a young man in South Sudan who lost his arms in the conflict. What Mick said that struck me was, “Everything that is now possible was once impossible.” He invited us to think about the chairs we were sitting in. We once sat on the floor, and now that rarely is the case. That framing resonated with me. It caused me to think about the many challenges people face with their finances. Some seem impossible to solve. If Willy Wonka can produce a candy that not only lasts for hours, but changes flavors throughout, can’t we as credit unions solve some of the challenges facing those we serve? Creating a strong financial future today is not impossible, but it is not easy. Consider this from the National Foundation for Credit Counseling’s (NFCC) 2019 “Road Map of Consumer Financial Health:”One in two Americans who have tried to purchase a home have faced barriersOne in four U.S. adults were “not confident at all” in how much they are saving for retirementAlso, according to the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE)’s 2018 study entitled, “Financial Fragility in the U.S.,” more than 36% of working U.S. adults are financially fragile and could not come up with $2,000 in 30 days. Finally, according to Experian, with more than 148 million people with outstanding student loan accounts, student loans are now the second-largest debt behind mortgages. The average borrower has $35,359 in student loan debt.Credit unions are uniquely positioned to support people to create more positive financial futures. We could be the glass elevator that helps them break through their financial burdens. Making that a reality means transforming our own mindset within our organizations. We must make the impossible possible. That may not be easy, but it will be the difference between people continuing to struggle and credit unions making finances more than a hassle and a chore, but the baseline for a brighter tomorrow. Not only will we help people and change the above statistics that pain us, but this kind of impact will make our story known, and credit unions will finally become the go-to partner we know we can be for more Americans.How do we make the impossible possible? Here are five steps to get started:Invite your team to change the world. According to research conducted by Glassdoor, regardless of income level, the “culture and values of the organization are the largest predictors of employee satisfaction.” What if we create a burning platform to change the world through our credit union? Inviting people to believe that we can make the impossible possible catapults our credit union values into action. People want something to believe in, and they will want to feel permission to try something new. Other than candy, what’s more inviting than making the world better? Create organizational ambidexterity. Yes, the day-to-day work of serving our members must continue to get done while we simultaneously begin creating what used to be impossible. According to the Filene Research Institute’s, “Structures for Innovation” report by Campbell and Dopico, we must both “explore and exploit.” In other words, we have to keep making chocolate bars, while we also imagine the next chewing gum that will never lose its taste. This means exploiting our current business model while also exploring the future possibilities. This could mean creating a small group of innovators to better understand consumer challenges and working to develop new ideas to solve them. It could mean building a CUSO to explore new opportunities. It could mean setting aside an annual amount of resources to be focused solely on exploration. Ensuring we create time, space, and capital for dreaming about tomorrow is critical to ensuring credibility with our teams that we are serious about making the impossible real.Listen, listen, listen. What are the biggest challenges facing the members you serve? Frequently, we begin our exploration by peeking over at our neighbors and seeing what new ideas they have created. While competitive analysis serves us well, imagine if Willy Wonka only observed his competitors. His dreams were about what children would embrace as the ultimate candy. As we look to flip impossible on its head, our ears must be finely focused on the needs of our members, potential members, and community. We must ask, “What is your biggest problem?” We can then marry those themes that align with our biggest talents and skills to solve those tribulations in new and interesting ways. Partner. We might not always have the answer. We might not always feel that we have the resources to dedicate to exploration. Together with other credit unions, other community organizations, or even FinTech providers, we might have just the right resources and diverse perspectives. According to the Kresge Foundation’s, “Keys to Collaboration,” partnerships begin by “creating relationships based on a shared concern, not a specific project.” We often think of collaborating with other credit unions based on the value constructs that we all share. What other organizations share our passion, values and desire to demolish the impossible? One person’s story can create tremendous change. One of Mick Ebeling’s mandates for projects that Not Impossible Labs tackle is that it must be inspired by one person’s story. As humans, we are much more likely to respond, react, and move to action when we can feel empathy for another person. Seeing the pain of the impossible through the eyes of one other human can be the difference it takes to launch us into action that changes the world. Storytelling is not just for children. It is for all of us, and it is how chocolate rivers explode into sweet reality. Willy Wonka comes to life as we can imagine his challenges as a child who was the son of a very strict dentist, along with the heartbreak that fills Charlie Bucket’s impoverished world. As we listen, we must look for the stories that will be the foundation for our work and that we can continue to share to drive engagement, not just from our teams, but also from our members and communities.Raised by a dentist, Willy Wonka had perfect teeth, but never enjoyed the joy of candy. He dreamed the impossible into reality as he grew into an adult that could manifest positive change. Roald Dahl helped children see that bad behavior would not be rewarded and that perseverance and the ability to see the good, even when the world seems hopeless, can be rewarded with not just one piece of candy, but with an entire factory full of Everlasting Gobstoppers, Fizzy Lifting Drinks, and Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delights. We might not be making chocolate, but we have the ability to create something even more powerful, solid and everlasting: Positive financial futures. In order to do so, we have to start making the impossible real. Human beings need us. Our time is now. What will your credit union’s chocolate river be? last_img read more

NYSPHSAA says additional meetings needed

first_imgThe original timeline shared by NYSPHSAA last week indicated these meetings would take place within 48 hours of guidance being released. “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter. Hogan said there’s a lot of questions right now, but he’s hopeful answers will come this week and practice can begin soon. “I actually was somewhat surprised with the way things were going. But some is better than none there’s no doubt about that. So happy to hear we’re at least gonna try it,” he said. The number of required practices students need before playing scrimmages/games. The number of games allowed during the fall seasonThe development of consideration for schools to use as athletics return. “Hopefully down the road we’re able to have some competition,” said Hogan. “I’m sure I’m speaking for everybody. If any sport is going to just practice with no chance of playing the game you’d rather take your chances and go later in the school year.” Following Governor Cuomo’s guidance on Monday, Chenango Forks Athletic Director Dave Hogan said he didn’t expect low-risk sports to get cleared to play. In a release, the NYSPHSAA announced staff members met with section executive directors Tuesday morning, followed by a meeting with the COVID-19 Task Force. As Forks’ football coach, Hogan said getting permission to practice beginning September 21 is positive news but it will be difficult to motivate the team without promise of games. (WBNG) — The New York State Public High School Athletic Association held two meetings Tuesday to discuss the return of fall sports. “It’s just not knowing, is really tough,” said Hogan. “We always talk about controlling the uncontrollables and stuff like that. We don’t have any control over what’s going to be decided at that level so you just have to prepare for it as if it’s going to happen.” For more on the guidance released Monday, click here. The release states additional meetings will be held by the end of the week to continue discussions. The release specifically pointed out the need to address three topics:last_img read more

Pennsylvania Releases State Climate Action Plan, Join U.S. Climate Alliance

first_img April 29, 2019 Pennsylvania Releases State Climate Action Plan, Join U.S. Climate Alliance Environment,  Government That Works,  National Issues,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf was joined today by Representative Steve McCarter, Senator Steve Santarsiero, Senator Jay Costa, Representative Frank Dermody, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, and members of the Climate Caucus to announce Pennsylvania’s membership in the U.S. Climate Alliance and release the state’s new climate action plan.“We’ve seen lately even more evidence that there is a need for leadership on climate change. For that reason, Pennsylvania will join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of 24 governors, representing over half of the U.S. population to work to implement policies that uphold the commitments our nation made in the Paris Agreement,” said Governor Wolf. “With the federal government turning its back on science and the environment, I am proud to join with states that are leading the way towards new climate solutions, and taking concrete actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. States like Pennsylvania must take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect our communities, economies, infrastructures, and environments from the risks of a warming climate.”The United States Climate Alliance is a bipartisan coalition of governors committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Led by state governments, the alliance facilitates state cooperation to accelerate the deployment of climate solutions to help each state achieve its climate goals.“I applaud the efforts of the governor and his administration to address the impacts of climate change in the commonwealth head on,” said Rep. McCarter. “The Pennsylvania Climate Caucus stands ready to help in any way to advance policy and legislation to meet what is surely humanity’s greatest challenge here in Pennsylvania and across the globe.”“When future generations of Pennsylvanians look back at this critical moment in history, I want them to know they were not abandoned,” Sen. Santarsiero said. “Entering into the U.S. Climate Alliance and implementing the Climate Action Plan sends a clear message that Pennsylvania is serious about addressing climate change.”In January 2019, Governor Wolf signed an executive order to set Pennsylvania’s first statewide climate goals, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2025 and 80 percent by 2050, compared with 2005 levels. The executive order also established the Green Government Council to ensure that state government offices lead by example to help achieve these goals.The Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan 2018 is the new state climate plan developed by DEP and state agency partners with recommendations for government leaders, businesses, and citizens to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate.The plan describes over 100 actions, 15 of which DEP and partners analyzed quantitatively for potential greenhouse gas emissions reduction. The analysis showed that just those 15 actions, such as increasing renewable energy, incentivizing energy efficient buildings, and increasing the use of electric vehicles, would reduce emissions 21 percent by 2025. Any combination of the 85 additional actions would likely achieve even more emissions reductions.“Perhaps the biggest recommendation of the Climate Action Plan is that a team effort is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Pennsylvania,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Government leaders must lead by example, and businesses, farms, community organizations, and citizens can all make a difference to fight climate change.”“Trees and forests play an important role absorbing carbon dioxide and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. “We’re leading the way to a more resilient and sustainable Pennsylvania by managing forests in new ways, reforesting abandoned mine lands, and planting stream buffers to increase carbon storage.”Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan 2018 marks 10 years since state law first required the DEP to develop a climate plan and periodic updates. It’s the third update to the first plan, which was published in 2009.The Climate Caucus is a bipartisan discussion forum for legislators from both chambers and both sides of the aisle to address all manner of issues relating to climate change in Pennsylvania, including jobs, industry, manufacturing, clean air, clean water, specific regional impacts, and others.For more information on the Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan 2018, visit DEP.pa.gov/Climate.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

CEE roundup: Poland, Czech Republic

first_imgPostal declarations that arrived after the deadline were acceptable if there was proof they were posted no later than 31 July.ZUS president Zbigniew Derdziuk subsequently predicted as many as 2m sign-ups.The share, at 18.3% of 14m-odd eligible workers, is impressive given that the four-month decision period extended into the summer holidays, and that the new pensions reform law banned pension fund companies from advertising over that period.That piece of legislation, which also applies to future transfer windows, remains contentious and could backfire on the government, experts say.Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal is examining the new law following a request by president Bronisław Komorowski.According to the Attorney General’s Office opinion presented to the Tribunal, the advertising ban has breached the Constitution.In contrast, in the Czech Republic, lack of interest in the relatively new voluntary second pillar has contributed to the scheme’s early demise.Since the second pillar’s implementation at the start of 2013, only 83,000 have signed up, compared with 4.9m in the third pillar.The Social Democrats (CSSD), the leading party in the coalition government sworn in this January, fulfilled its earlier promise to cancel the system.The pillar has been funded by diverting 3% of the 28% first-pillar social contribution, with members adding a further 2% from their gross wages.A cross-party commission set up by the government to determine how the system should be dismantled has recommended that second-pillar members be able to choose whether to receive their funds either into their existing third-pillar funds or private bank accounts.Those who choose the latter route have the option to direct the 3% portion back into their first-pillar accounts, thereby boosting their eventual state pension payout.The outstanding issue is whether the changeover takes place in January 2016 or a year later. A surge in late postal deliveries has pushed the number of workers who want to remain in Poland’s second-pillar funds (OFEs) to just over 2.56m as of 18 August, according to the Polish Social Security Institution (ZUS).Of these, some 52,000 declarations need to be verified because of irregularities or mistakes made in filling the submissions.The near-final number took both the Polish authorities and pensions industry by surprise.As of 31 July, the deadline for submitting declarations, ZUS had registered around 1.7m-1.8m.last_img read more

Bishop Malzaire to launch 3rd book

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet FaithLifestyleLocalNews Bishop Malzaire to launch 3rd book by: Dominica Vibes News – July 24, 2015center_img 110 Views   no discussions Share Bishop Gabriel Malzaire (file photo)Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church, Gabriel Malzaire will on 7 August 2015 launch his third book entitled ‘Christ & Caribbean Culture(s)’ at the grounds of the Bishop’s House on Turkey Lane, Roseau. The Book Launch and Cocktail, which will take place from 7PM, is among activities organized by the Cathedral Renovation Fund-Raising Committee to raise funds to meet the estimated expenses of renovating the Cathedral.‘Christ & Caribbean Culture(s)’ focuses on the Caribbean Church in its attempt to unravel the significance of the Christ-Event in the Caribbean context.Tickets to the Book Launch and Cocktail cost EC$100 and includes the cost of one book. Tickets are available at the Bishop’s Office, Roseau Cathedral Presybtery, Bulls Eye Pharmacy, VF Inc. and from memebers of the Renovation Committee. Additional books cost EC$40.The Roseau Cathedral has been under renovation for over three years and was estimated at a cost of eight million dollars.The project, now in phase four which entails the placement of the roof, is three million dollars short for completion. In June 2014, government donated half a million dollars towards the renovation project. Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Roosevelt Skerrit who presented the cheque to Bishop Malzaire said one of the main reasons for the financial assistance was because the Cathedral is a tourist attraction.last_img read more

University workers not paid in months, union official says

first_img Share 98 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img BusinessHealthLifestyleNewsRegional University workers not paid in months, union official says by: – July 5, 2018 (Antigua Observer) A trade unionist is urging the Labour Department to intervene at the University of Health Sciences Antigua (UHSA) where a number of workers have reportedly not been paid for months, possibly since March.OBSERVER media was not able to reach Dr. Deborah Robinson Akande, Chairman of UHSA, on Tuesday evening to verify the information but Samuel James, President of the Antigua and Barbuda Free Trade Union (ABFTU) said his own sources had told him the situation was “dire.”“There appears to be some serious financial difficulty and based on our sources the employees have not be paid since March despite several promises to pay salaries,” James said on Tuesday.He said it was “right” for the Labour Department to “step in and address” the matter. “Go and investigate and where necessary protect the interest of the workers at the institution,” James declared.He also encouraged the workers at the institution to “find representation” as he admitted that to his knowledge they are not unionised. UHSA is a private, for-profit medical school located in Dowhill near Falmouth and has been instructing students since 1983.OBSERVER media spoke with Labour Commissioner Eltonia Anthony-Rojas on Tuesday afternoon and she said that workers need not be unionised to get the attention of the department.“It just has to be from the employees, a letter signed by the interested parties indicating what the problem is and asking for the Department’s assistance,” she said, adding that once a group comes forward the matter would receive priority over those where individuals are waging a fight.The Labour Commissioner also said that workers “have a right to be paid” but she added that to her knowledge, no party had as yet brought the issue of nonpayment of salaries at the UHSA to the department. Tweetlast_img read more

Bulldogs Baseball Doc Morris Invitational Results (4/7- 4/8)

first_imgBulldogs Grab Lead In Seventh Inning For Victory Over Dixie Heights to open Doc Morris Invitational In their opening game of the Doc Morris Invitational, the Batesville Bulldogs defeated Dixie Heights 6-3 on Friday after taking the lead late in the game.Batesville trailed 3-1, entering the seventh inning. Sophomore for the Bulldogs Quinn Werner led the inning off with a triple that sparked the late game rally. Ultimately, Werner score to make it 3-2. At that point, Zach Britton doubled off of Smith, driving in two runs, and Batesville never looked back.Joe Bohman earned the win for Bulldogs. He pitched two innings in relief, giving up zero runs, one hit, striking out two, and walking zero. Smith took the loss for Dixie Heights. He threw six and a third innings, giving up six runs, six hits, and striking out seven. Alex Roell started the game for Bulldogs. He pitched five innings, surrendering three runs, four hits, striking out two, and walking one.Overall, Batesville collected seven hits. Britton, Alex McPherson, and Caleb Raab each collected multiple hits for the Bulldogs, while Werner had one.Collins Captures Lead Early To Defeat Bulldogs The Bulldogs fell behind early and couldn’t come back in a 10-0 loss to Collins High School on Saturday during their second game of the Doc Morris Invitational.Collins captured the lead in the first inning on Baker’s sac fly that scored one run for Collins.Collins scored two more in the fourth inning, three in the fifth inning, and four more runs in the sixth inning.Mattingly earned the win for Collins. He threw six innings, allowing zero runs, one hit, striking out six, and walking one. Zack Blomer took the loss for Bulldogs. He pitched four and two-thirds innings, allowing six runs, nine hits, striking out four, and walking one.Raab went 1-for-3 at the plate to lead Batesville in hits.Bulldogs Can’t Hold Up Against Covington Catholic In the final game of the Doc Morris Invitational, the Bulldogs couldn’t keep up with Covington Catholic and fell 11-3 on Saturday.Batesville captured the lead in the first inning. With one out in the first inning, Zach Britton drove in one run when he singled. Britton also homered in the third inning.In the bottom of the first inning, Covington Catholic tied things up at one. Theil’s sac fly scored one run for Covington Catholic.Covington Catholic took the lead for good with seven runs in the third inning.France earned the win for Covington Catholic. He threw four innings, giving up two runs, five hits, and striking out three. Bulldog Senior Anthony Butz took the loss for Bulldogs. He tossed two and two-thirds innings, giving up nine runs (two earned runs), six hits, and striking out one.Britton went 3-for-4 at the plate as he led the team with two runs batted in.At the conclusion of the Doc Morris Invitational, the Bulldogs are 3-3, and begin conference play this Tuesday in a double headers vs. Rushville.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Justin Tucker.last_img read more