The St. Elizabeth baseball team scored the game’s first 13 runs and never looked back, beating the Bunceton Dragons in the season Monday night in Bunceton 14-3.
Despite the loss, Bunceton coach Dustin Ray said the game started just as they wanted.
“We got contact and ground balls but we didn’t make the plays we were supposed to make,” Ray said. “The tough St. Elizabeth team made us pay every time we had an error, and that is what cost us the game. Brayden Doyle had a great night at the plate by leading the team with two hits. We head to New Bloomfield next week to face yet another tough opponent so back to work we go.”
St. Elizabeth opened the game with one run in the first and then sent five runs across in the second, six again in the third and one in the fourth to make it 13-0. Then, after the Dragons plated three runs in the bottom half of the fourth, St. Elizabeth came back and tacked on another run to win by the mercy rule.
Blomburg picked up the win on the mound for St. Elizabeth while Dillon Alpers took the loss for Bunceton. Alpers pitched the first two innings and gave up six runs on five hits and one walk while striking out one. Layne Maddox then came in and pitched two innings in relief and allowed seven runs on six hits and five walks. Then, to finish the game, Brayden Doyle pitched one inning and issued one run on one hit and one walk.
Blomburg also had two hits in the game, one being a grand slam home run and five RBIs. Otto also had two hits with a single, double and one RBI.
For Bunceton, who had only three hits in the game, Doyle went 2-for-2 with two singles. Dylan Flatt had the only other hit with a double and one RBI. Hunter Shuffield also drove in one run.