One inning is all it took for the Bunceton Dragons baseball team to finish on the wrong in Thursday night against the Lakeland Eagles.
While rallying back to tie the game at 3-all in the bottom-half of the fifth, the Dragons had one minor slip up in the seventh by allowing Lakeland to plate three runs for a 6-3 victory.
Bunceton coach Tony Tanner said the game against Lakeland was a battle for the ages. “The Dragons bats cooled down compared to previous contest by only scoring three runs. The highlight of the night was Blake Petsel’s home run to give the Dragons some hope in the upset.”
Layne Maddox took the loss in relief for the Dragons, who fell to 3-3 on the season. Mason Wells started the game and pitched 2 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on three hits and three walks while striking out three. Maddox then came in and pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed four runs on six hits and four walks while striking out three batters. Then, to finish the game, Blake Petsel pitched 2/3 inning and issued one hit while striking out one batter.
Taylor picked up the win for Lakeland with four strikeouts in four innings. Taylor also struck out four batters and gave up two runs on six hits.
Lakeland also out-hit Bunceton 10-8, with Hughes, Lentz, Taylor and Easter each collecting two hits.
For Bunceton, Blake Petsel went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and one RBI. Brayden Doyle also had two hits and drove in one run while Dylan Flatt added one single and one RBI and Layne Maddox, Dillon Alpers and Rylee Knapheide each with one single.