The Bunceton Dragons baseball team what head coach Dustin Ray called the worst three games of the season over the weekend while competing in the Russellville Tournament.
While finishing 0-3 with losses to St. Elizabeth, Weaubleau and New Bloomfield, Ray said Games 4, 5 and 6 on the week were just too much. “We were tired, which led to mental and physical errors,” Ray said. “Pitching all weekend did their job throwing strikes, but defensive plays were not made.”
The Dragons finished the game with a total of five errors in a 15-0 loss Friday night against St. Elizabeth in the opening round.
Those errors led to 13 runs in the first-two innings for St. Elizabeth. The Wildcats also put up two runs in the fourth to win by the mercy rule.
Layne Maddex took the loss for Bunceton while giving up 13 runs on eight hits and five walks in two innings. Dylan Flatt then came in and pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief and allowed two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out one batter.
St. Elizabeth also out-hit Bunceton 11-1, with Blomburg going 3-for-4 with four RBIs.
Brayden Doyle had the only hit in the game for Bunceton, being a single.
In the second game on Saturday against Weaubleau, the Dragons again struggled defensively while committing five errors in a 14-2 setback.
Weaubleau led Bunceton by just one run (2-1) after the first inning but then outscored the Dragons 12-1 for the rest of the game.
The Dragons also had three different pitchers on the mound against Weaubleau. Hunter Shuffield, who was the losing pitcher, pitched the first-three innings and gave up 10 runs on six hits and one walk while striking out three batters. Flatt then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed four runs on three hits while striking out one batter. Then, to finish the game, Doyle pitched one inning and issued one hit while striking out one.
Weaubleau also finished the game with 10 hits against Bunceton, with Briar Tucker going 3-for-4 with two singles, one double and three RBIs.
For Bunceton, Flatt went 2-for-2 with two singles. Jason Burnett was 1-for-3 with one double while Dillon Alpers, Hunter Shuffield and Trevor Anderson each had one single and Layne Maddex and Austin Alpers with one RBI each.
In the final game against New Bloomfield, the Dragons battled the Wildcats for 2 1/2 innings with the score tied at 6-all but then surrendered 15 runs in the third and fourth innings to suffer a 21-6 loss.
Doyle took the loss on the mound for Bunceton by giving up 11 runs on five hits and three walks while striking out three batters in 2 1/3 innings. Austin Alpers then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed 10 runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out one batter.
New Bloomfield also out-hit Bunceton 12-6, with Edwards going 2-for-3 with a single, double and three RBIs.
For Bunceton, Flatt went 2-for-2 with two singles and two RBIs. Doyle doubled and drove in one run while Dakota Rose added a single and two RBIs, Shuffield one single and one RBI and Burnett with one single.