"We had the game under control," Boyle coach David Camic said. "But that's the way we've played the last three games."
After winning three of its first four games, Friday's loss put Boyle at 4-4 on the season.
It's probably not where the Rebels thought they'd be two weeks into the season, but it's what sometimes goes with being a young team with a number of first-year starters scattered throughout the diamond.
"It's a little disappointing, but we're really getting better every game," Boyle senior Brad Cloud said. "We just need to learn how to finish games out and make plays when we need to."
Runs have come in bunches for opponents
Runs have come in bunches for Boyle opponents of late. Doss scored six in the first inning and Southern scored five in the second inning when the Rebels lost the last two of their three games in the Southern Invitational.
But Celina (8-2) saved its big inning for last, coming from behind after Boyle took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the sixth.
"It was a nice comeback. We were fortunate to win that game," said Celina coach Bruce Boley, who has brought his team to Kentucky three times in the last six seasons.
The Bulldogs, who beat Montgomery County 7-4 in their second game at Boyle, scored the go-ahead run on a one-out double by Scott Boley. Scott Boley and brother Sean, both sons of the coach, play shortstop and catcher, respectively, and hit third and fourth in the lineup, and both have been recruited by Division I colleges.
They loaded the bases with two outs against Boyle reliever Matt Engle, and they probably would have gotten another run on a ground ball that it appeared Scott Luthman would beat out to first base.
But a throwing error by Boyle's Danny Commarford allowed two more runs to score, giving Celina a more comfortable three-run lead.
Boyle didn't score off the Bulldogs until the fourth inning, but the Rebels left five runners on base in the first three innings, three of them in scoring position.
Three straight RBI hits put Rebels in front
Celina scored in each of the first two innings before Boyle took a 3-2 lead in the fourth on three straight RBI hits - a single by Commarford, a triple by Andrew West and a single by Phillip Dean.
The Bulldogs regained the lead with two runs in the top of the sixth, but Boyle tied the game on Cloud's two-run single in the bottom of the inning.
"To our credit, we played hard today," Camic said. "We're giving a good effort, but we made some miscues and they ended up costing us."
Commarford had two singles.
Starting pitcher Andrew Bertram allowed four runs, including one unearned run, on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts in six innings. Engle allowed three hits, one walk and one hit batsman in the seventh.