The Bunceton Dragons baseball team planned its comeback attempt down to the exact inning Friday night on the road against the Slater Wildcats.
While trailing 5-3 after three and 7-3 after four, Bunceton began its comeback against Slater in the top-half of the fifth by exploding for five runs for a 9-7 victory.
Bunceton coach Ryan Burton said the game against Slater was a back and forth effort.
“We fought hard to grind out a win against a scrappy Slater team,” Burton said. “They came out hitting the ball and jumped out to an early 7-3 lead and I was proud of the guys for battling through the deficit. Our bats came to life in the later innings when we started squaring up the ball and put the pressure on the defense. Our pitching did a nice job giving up only three earned runs. We have to tip our cap to Slater, they came ready to play and hit the ball hard. It was a good win for us and it was good to see our guys find a way to win in a back and forth contest.”
The win also put the Dragons two games over the .500 mark for the season at 8-6 overall.
Nonetheless, the Dragons had to fight and claw for every run they could get after seeing their 3-1 lead after 2 1/2 turn to a 7-3 Slater lead after four.
Burton also turned to his ace in Eli Pearcy to hold Slater in-check for 3 1/3 innings. Riley Layne started the game and pitched 3 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out four. Pearcy then came in and pitched the rest of the way and walked two while giving up one hit. He also struck out six batters.
Jackson took the loss for Slater by giving up eight runs on 10 hits and one walk while striking out five batters in five innings.
Bunceton also had eight different players in the lineup with at least one hit in the game against Slater. Dylon Custer went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs while Braydon Doyle added two singles and one RBI, Eli Pearcy with two singles, Damion Amidon with one single and three RBIs, Blake Petsel, Will Armstrong and Riley Layne each with one single and one run batted in and Brandon Stockwell with one single.
For Slater, Jackson had three doubles and four runs batted in while Mceacher added three singles.