Lose to Jamestown 11-3, beat Slater 9-3
The Bunceton Dragons baseball team wasn’t perfect Tuesday while hosting both Jamestown and Slater in bonus games at Bunceton. But then again they didn’t need to be while finishing 1-1 with a 11-3 loss in the first game against Jamestown and a 9-3 win over Slater in the nightcap.
While improving to 3-2 on the season, Bunceton coach Ryan Burton said against Jamestown that they had trouble getting the bats going.
“Their pitcher did a nice job of mixing his pitches and throwing his off-speed for strikes,” Burton said. “He was able to keep us off-balance most of the game. Our pitchers did a nice job, but to their credit they took advantage of some mistake pitches at the belt and hit them hard. We played well in the field and the plays we needed to make it just took a little bit for us to find our bats.”
Jamestown out-hit Bunceton 14-5 and led 2-0 after one, 6-0 after three, 7-0 after four and 8-0 after 4 1/2. However, in the bottom-half of the fifth, the Dragons rallied back with three runs to cut the lead to five at 8-3. Unfortunately for Bunceton, they had no answer for Jamestown for the rest of the game while giving up one again in the sixth and two in the seventh.
Devore picked up the win on the mound for Jamestown while Rylee Knapheide took the loss for Bunceton. Devore pitched the first-four innings and struck out five batters while giving up three runs on four hits and two walks. Knapheide, meanwhile, pitched 3 1/3 innings and allowed seven runs on nine hits while striking out five batters. Riley Layne then came in and pitched 3 2/3 innings in relief and surrendered four runs on five hits and five walks while striking out four.
As for the hitting in the game for Jamestown, Flippin went 4-for-5 with three singles, one double and two RBIs. Hunziker also had two singles, one double and two RBIs while Devore and Wolfe each had two hits.
For Bunceton, Brayden Doyle went 2-for-2 with two singles while Brian Terrell added a single and one RBI, Damion Amidon and Will Armstrong each with one single and Dylon Custer and Brandon Stockwell each with one run batted in.
In the game against Slater, the Wildcats jumped out on top with two runs in the top-half of the first. However, the Dragons rallied back with five runs in the second and four again in the third to go up 9-2. Meanwhile, after a scoreless fourth, Slater added another run in the fifth to cut the lead to six.
Burton said against Slater the bats came to life and the Dragons put the pressure on the Wildcats by putting the ball in play. “We had a good outing from our starting pitcher,” Burton said. “It was his first varsity start and he did a nice job. I would like to see him lower his number of walks and learn to pitch with the lead but overall it was a job well done.”
Blake Petsel picked up the win on the mound for Bunceton by giving up two runs on two hits and six walks while striking out six batters. Dylan Flatt then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed one run on one walk while striking out one.
Petsel also had two hits in the game for Bunceton, going 2-for-3 with two singles and one RBI. Will Armstrong added two singles while Brian Terrell had one double and two RBIs, Riley Layne with one single and two RBIs, Eli Pearcy with one single and one run batted in and Damion Amidon and Brayden Doyle each with one single.
Slater was led by Foster with one double.