The Bunceton Dragons baseball team had the perfect bounce back game Monday night at home against Calvary Lutheran.
After finishing 0-3 over the weekend in the Russellville Tournament, the Dragons came back against Calvary Lutheran with a combination of good pitching and timely hitting for a 8-5 victory.
“Last night’s win was a full team win,” said Bunceton coach Dustin Ray. “As a team we battled through some tough situations, getting out of multiple jams saving big innings. Dillon Alpers didn’t have his best stuff on the mound but showed true grit and determination to give us 4 2/3 innings and picking up the win.”
The Dragons, improving to 4-5 on the season, never trailed in the game against Calvary Lutheran while exploding for five runs in the bottom half of the second. But even then it took a couple of late runs to beat Calvary Lutheran, who had cut the lead to one at 5-4 after 3 1/2.
As for the pitching in the game, Alpers picked up the win and gave up five runs on five hits and five walks in 4 2/3 innings. He also struck out five batters. Dakota Rose then came in and pitched 1/3 inning in relief and allowed just one hit. Then, to finish the game, Jason Burnett pitched two innings and surrendered two walks while striking out five batters.
Becker took the loss for Calvary Lutheran.
Bunceton also finished the game with eight hits, with Alpers going 3-for-3 with two singles, one double and two RBIs. Brayden Doyle was 2-for-3 with a single, double and one RBI while Jason Burnett singled and drove in two runs. Layne Maddex also singled and drove in one run while Dakota Rose added one single. Austin Alpers had one RBI in the game.