The Bunceton Dragons baseball team was finally on the receiving end Wednesday night against the Smithton Tigers.
After dropping a 17-5 loss Monday night against Jamestown, Bunceton took advantage of eight Smithton errors to win by a score of 7-6.
The Dragons, improving to 5-4 on the season, trailed Smithton 4-2 after three before rallying back with two runs in the bottom-half of the fourth. Then, after Smithton plated two more runs in the sixth to go up 6-4, Bunceton rattled the bats again in the bottom-half of the seventh with three runs for the victory.
Hunter Shuffield picked up the win on the mound in relief for Bunceton while Blake Demand took the loss for Smithton.
Rylee Knapheide started the game and pitched the first-five innings, giving up four runs on four hits and six walks while striking out three batters. Layne Maddox then came in and pitched 1/3 inning in relief and allowed two runs on four hits. Then, to finish the game, Shuffield pitched 1 2/3 innings and struck out one batter.
Dillon Alpers singled and drove in two runs for Bunceton while Jason Burnett had the only other hit, being a single. Dakota Rose also drove in one run.
For Smithton, Leyton Shireman went 3-for-4 with three singles and one RBI. Brendan Hensley was 2-for-4 with a single, double and one RBI while Eric Culp homered and drove in three runs.
Jamestown explodes for 11 runs in second
Bunceton baseball coach Tony Turner was at a loss for words as to what happened in the second inning Monday night against the Jamestown Eagles.
Up until the 11-run second inning, the Dragons appeared to be cruising nicely up 4-1 after one. However, in the second inning, the Eagles unloaded a world of hurt on Bunceton and never looked back for a convincing 17-5 victory.
“We went down by errors and cold bats as Jamestown’s bats appeared to be mighty,” Turner said.
The Eagles also put up one run in the fourth and four in the sixth to win by the mercy rule. Bunceton, meanwhile, scored only one more run after the first with one in the bottom-half of the fifth.
Sorrells was the pitcher of record in the game for Jamestown while Dillon Alpers took the loss for Bunceton. Sorrells pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief of starter Flippin and struck out three batters while giving up three hits. Alpers, meanwhile, pitched 1 1/3 innings and allowed 12 runs on nine hits and one walk.
Jamestown also out-hit Bunceton 16-5, with Thompson going 4-for-4 with four RBIs. Gorman was 3-for-4 with two RBIs while Flippin, Rohrbach and Wolfe each had two hits. Rohrbach also drove in three runs while Wolfe had two RBIs.
For Bunceton, who dropped to 4-4 on the season, Brayden Doyle went 2-for-4 with two singles. Hunter Shuffield doubled and drove in one run while Dillon Alpers and Austin Alpers each had one single and one RBI. Rylee Knapheide finished the game with one RBI.