Dragons will play No. 1 Jamestown for the title on Wednesday
The Bunceton Dragons baseball team sure knows how to pull off late game heroics.
After battling Calvary Lutheran back and forth for 6 1/2 innings Saturday in the CCAA Tournament in Prairie Home, the Dragons scored on a walk off home run to center field by Layne Maddex in the bottom of the seventh for a 6-5 victory.
Bunceton, improving to 8-7 on the season, will play No. 1 Jamestown for the championship on Wednesday, Oct. 3rd starting at 7 p.m.
Bunceton coach Dustin Ray said Calvary Lutheran came in with a tough mentality and gave his team the game they expected. “Great all around team win,” Ray said. “Layne Maddex came up with a big hit which happened to be his first home run. It was a walk off to boot. Proudest win I have had as a coach.”
Ray also had to like how the Dragons started after pushing across three runs in the bottom half of the first. But after a scoreless second and third innings, Bunceton went from scoring at will to giving up four runs in the top-half of the fourth to trail Calvary Lutheran 4-3. Meanwhile, after tying the game with one run in the bottom half of the inning, the Dragons watch the momentum go away again in the sixth as Calvary Lutheran played one run to make it 5-4. But even that was short-lived as Bunceton rallied back again with one run to tie the game at 5-all until the walk off home run by Maddex in the sixth for the game winner.
Hunter Shuffield picked up the win on the mound for Bunceton while Maclaughlin took the loss for Calvary Lutheran.
Brayden Doyle started the game for Bunceton and pitched the first-three innings and surrendered four runs on two hits and four walks while striking out six. Shuffield then came in and pitched four innings in relief and allowed just one run on four hits and one walk while striking out six.
Maddex also finished the game with a single, double and two RBIs for the Dragons to lead all hitters.
Dylan Flatt also doubled and drove in one run while Jason Burnett and Hunter Shuffield each had one single and one RBI and Dakota Rose with one single.
For Calvary Lutheran, Becker went 2-for-3 with a double and one RBI.
The Prairie Home Panthers baseball team won its first game but dropped the second in the CCAA Tournament on Saturday.
After beating Higbee in the opening round 15-0 in three innings, the Panthers dropped a heartbreaker against top-seeded Jamestown in the semifinal round by a score of 9-8.
The Panthers, 5-7 on the season, will play Calvary Lutheran in the third place game on Wednesday starting at 5 p.m.
Prairie Home coach Trever Huth said the Panthers played very well in the Higbee game. “We made quick work of Higbee by throwing strikes and playing defense well,” Huth said. “This carried over into the Jamestown game as Blake Petsel had a great start for us on the mound for the whole game. We had the lead throughout the whole game and really played well. We also had some great timely hitting and didn’t make an error the whole game, which is what kept us in the play game the whole day.”
In the game against Higbee, the Panthers opened the game with four runs in the first and then exploded for 11 runs in the second to win by the mercy rule.
Clayton Pethan picked up the win on the mound for Prairie Home by striking out four batters and giving up just two hits in three innings.
Prairie Home also finished the game with six hits against Higbee, with Mason Wells going 2-for-3 with a single, double and three RBIs. Kassen Lock, Clayton Pethan and Alex Rhode each had one single and two RBIs while Blake Petsel added one single and one RBI and Blake Petsel with one RBI.
Kirby had both hits in the game for Higbee, being singles.
In the game against Jamestown, the Panthers opened up a sizeable lead against the Eagles at 5-2 after 3 1/2. Prairie Home also lead 6-5 after fifth and 8-5 after 5 1/2. However in the bottom half of the seventh, Jamestown rallied back with four runs for the come from behind victory.
Sorrells picked up win on the mound for Jamestown while Wells took the loss for Prairie Home. Wells pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief of starter Blake Petsel and gave up four runs on four hits and one walk.
The Eagles also out-hit Prairie Home 15-14, with Liesser going 2-for-2 with one triple. Gorman, Rohrbach, Sorrells, Schoental, Oerly and Klunk also had two hits in the game.
For Prairie Home, Clayton Pethan went 3-for-5 with one double and three RBIs. Kassen Lock had three singles while Mason Wells added a single, double and two RBIs, Blake Petsel with a single, double and one RBI, John Fontanna with a single and a double, Blane Petsel with one double and one RBI and Alex Rhode with one single.