Bunceton’s Rylee Knapheide did a little bit of everything Tuesday night in a 11-6 win over the New Franklin Bulldogs.
While pitching three innings in relief for the save, Knapheide also went 4-for-4 at the plate with three singles, one double and five RBIs for the Dragons, who improved to 3-2 on the season.
Of course this game was a lot closer than the field score as Bunceton led New Franklin by only two runs at 8-6 after 4 1/2. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they never got any closer in the game as Bunceton tacked on another run in the bottom-half of the fifth and two again in the sixth for the victory.
New Franklin coach Erich Gerding said it looked like his team was still enjoying the Labor Day weekend. “Lots of mistakes in the field, at the plate and on the basepaths,” Gerding said.
The loss dropped New Franklin to 1-6 on the season.
Needless to say, the Bulldogs kept the game close throughout while trailing 5-4 after 1 1/2, 8-5 after four and 8-6 after 4 1/2. However it was all Bunceton after that with three unanswered runs.
Dillon Alpers picked up the win on the mound for Bunceton while Gavin Bishop took the loss for New Franklin. Alpers pitched the first-four innings and struck out six batters while giving up five runs on seven hits. Knapheide then came in and pitched three innings and allowed one run on one hit and seven walks while striking out six.
For New Franklin, Bishop lasted just one inning and gave up five runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three batters. Gerding then used three different pitchers to closeout the game, with Crayton Gallatin pitching three innings, Koy Harris one-plus inning and Andy Neal for one inning.
Bunceton also out-hit New Franklin 15-11, with Blake Petsel and Dillon Alpers collecting a single and a double in the game. Mason Wells had a single, double and one RBI while Dylan Flatt and Andrew Breece added one single and one RBI each, Jason Burnett, Layne Maddox and Austin Alpers each with one single and Brayden Doyle with one RBI.
For New Franklin, Avery Lauer went 3-for-5 with three singles. Bishop finished the game with a single, double and two RBIs while Zac Held added two singles and two RBIs, Lucas Storjohann with two singles, Dustin Mehrhoff with one double and Glenn Davis with one single.