The Bunceton Dragons baseball team did exactly what they needed to do Friday in CCAA action against the Prairie Home Panthers.
With a full month of the season spent inside because of the weather, the Dragons scored just enough runs to beat the Panthers by a score of 5-3.
As for the Prairie Home Lady Panthers softball team, they won against Bunceton by a score of 14-9.
The Dragons baseball team, 3-0 overall and in the conference, actually trailed against Prairie Home 2-0 after the first inning before rallying back with two runs in the second and one again in the third to go up 3-2. Meanwhile, after Prairie Home tallied another run in the bottom-half of the fourth to tie the game at 3-all, Bunceton came back and plated one run in the bottom-half of the inning and one again in the fifth for the victory.
Kyler Tucker picked up the win on the mound for Bunceton while Klay Holliday took the loss for Prairie Home, who dropped to 0-2 overall and in the conference.
Kyle Held started the game for Bunceton and struck out three batters while giving up two runs on three hits and four walks in three innings. Tucker then came in and pitched four innings in relief and yielded one run on two hits and six walks while striking out five batters.
Holliday, meanwhile, went the distance in the game for Prairie Home and surrendered five runs on six hits and four walks while striking out three.
Held also went 2-for-3 in the game for Bunceton with a single, double and one RBI. Ashton Campbell had a double and two RBIs while Will Twenter and Andrew Pritchett added a single and one RBI each and Tucker with one single.
For Prairie Home, Trever Huth went 2-for-2 with two doubles while Rayce Kendrick, Klay Holliday, Jonathan Brandes, Sam Distler and Ben Stock added one single each.
Despite the loss, Prairie Home coach Jesse Oswald said Holliday pitched a great game and should have gotten the win.
"We didn't help him out much on the offensive side of things," Oswald said. "Defensively, I thought we still held our own, but we also had some miscues in the outfield that led to some extra base hits. Offensively, we started off hot in the first inning but then we froze up for the rest of the game. Their relief pitcher, Kyler Tucker, really kept us off balance. It's a shame we couldn't put together some better at bats and give ourselves a better chance to win the game. This is another game that we can learn from and it will allow us to work on some things to get better."
As for the Prairie Home Lady Panthers softball team, they led Bunceton from the second inning on. After a scoreless first inning, the Lady Panthers led Bunceton 4-1 after two, 6-1 after three, 9-3 after five and 14-6 after six. Meanwhile, in the seventh, Bunceton rallied back with three runs to cut the lead back to five.
Page 2 of 2 - While scoring runs in four out of the seven innings, the Lady Panthers also left 14 runners on base against Bunceton.
"We really hit the ball hard all night," said Prairie Home coach Linda Scott. "This may have been our best hitting game all school year. I also thought we had control of the game both offensively and defensively. Bunceton is a really good hitting team with every player in its lineup able to hit the ball. Makayla threw really hard, plus her change up worked well. We really played relaxed as a team tonight. It was a fun game to coach."
Freshman Makayla Zey picked up the win on the mound for Prairie Home while Lizzy Maddex took the loss for Bunceton, 0-1 on the season. In seven innings, Zey gave up nine runs on 10 hits and one walk while striking out six. Maddex, meanwhile, pitched the first-two innings for Bunceton and yielded two earned runs on two hits and nine walks while striking out three. Rachel Emde then came in and pitched three innings in relief and surrendered four earned runs on five hits and seven walks while striking out four. Then, to finish the game, Erica Kahle pitched two innings and yielded one hit and one walk while striking out three.
Kohlie Stock led the hitting attack in the game for Prairie Home with three singles, one RBI and one run scored.
Zey finished the game with a single, home run, five RBIs and two runs scored while Ally Small added one double, two RBIs and two runs scored, Josie Flood with two singles and two runs scored, Brooke Emmerich with one singles, three RBIs and two runs scored, Kalindra Bowlin and Kim Hettinger with two runs scored each and Jessie Kennedy with one run scored.
For Bunceton, Rachel Emde had a single, two doubles, one triple and three RBIs. Kylee Flatt added a home run and two RBIs while Deanne Emde had one triple and two RBIs, Julia Kahle also with one triple, Maddy Berwanger with one double, Lizzy Maddex and Kaitlyn Fountain each with one single and one RBI and Erica Kahle with one single.