Dragons explode for eight runs in the first inning
It’s easy to see where the Bunceton Dragons baseball team took control of the game and where the Prairie Home Panthers lost it Wednesday night in CCAA action at Prairie Home.
While the Panthers out-hit Bunceton 13-12 and committed one fewer error in the game, the Dragons couldn’t have asked for a better first inning by exploding for eight runs on three hits, two walks and a hit batter to lead Prairie Home 8-0.
That proved to be the difference as Prairie Home rallied back with a 7-3 advantage for the rest of the game only to come out on the short end by a score of 11-7.
Bunceton coach Dustin Ray said the boys came out hungry and ready to hit. “We put the ball in play and made ourselves tough outs,” Ray said. “The pitching performance by Brayden Doyle and Dillon Alpers was phenomenal. They made the other team hit and we played well enough to win.”
As for Prairie Home coach Trever Huth, he said his team came out flat in the first inning of the game. “We gave up eight runs in the top half of the first and that turned out to be the difference in the game,” Huth said.
The win improved Bunceton’s record to 1-1 while Prairie Home fell to 1-2 on the season.
As for the scoring, Bunceton led 8-0 after 1/2 inning by sending 11 batters to the plate in the first inning alone. And while collecting just five hits in the inning, three of those went for extra base hits on a double and three run home run by Jason Burnett and a two-RBI double by Dakota Rose.
Bunceton also finished the game with eight of its 12 hits going for extra base hits.
But even then the Panthers didn’t go down without a fight while rallying back with one run in the bottom half of the first and two in each of the second and third innings of play to cut the lead to 8-5.
Meanwhile, after both teams failed to score in the fourth and fifth innings of play, Bunceton came back and tacked on three more runs in the sixth to extend the lead to 11-5. Then, in the bottom half of the sixth and seventh, Prairie Home plated a total of two runs to round out the scoring.
Brayden Doyle picked up the win on the mound for Bunceton while Blake Petsel took the loss for Prairie Home. Doyle pitched the first-three innings and gave up five runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out three. Dillon Alpers then came in and pitched four innings in relief and allowed two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out three.
For Prairie Home, Petsel pitched the first five innings and gave up eight runs on nine hits and five walks while striking out eight. Mason Wells then came in and pitched two innings in relief and allowed three runs on three hits while striking out one batter.
As for the hitting in the game for Bunceton, Jason Burnett went 2-for-5 with a double, home run and three RBIs. Dakota Rose was 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs while Brayden Doyle added two doubles, Dylan Flatt with two singles and two RBIs, Hunter Griffin Reachers with one double and two RBIs, Hunter Shuffield with one double, Layne Maddex with one single and one RBI and Dillon Alpers with one single.
For Prairie Home, John Fontanna went 4-for-4 with three singles and one double. Blake Petsel was 3-for-5 with three singles and one RBI while Oliver Lock had one single, one double and two RBIs, Kassen Lock with one double and Clayton Pethan, Mason Wells and Blane Petsel each with one single and one RBI.