Bunceton baseball coach Dustin Ray said Monday night’s game against the Tipton Cardinals was a good old fashion pitching duel for the majority, followed by some free baseball.
As it turned out, the Dragons won both the pitching duel and the game for that matter by beating Tipton 6-4 in nine innings.
The win improved Bunceton’s record to 3-0.
“Last night was an extremely good game and a great win for this team,” Ray said. “We played a much larger school with many more players than what we have. The team buckled down and went to work to pull off a great team win. I’m very proud of the way they finished off last night.”
After a scoreless first-two innings, the Dragons finally got on the board with two runs in the top half of the third. Meanwhile, after Tipton rallied back with one in the fourth to cut the lead in half, Bunceton came back with one in its half of the inning to make it 3-1. The Cardinals scored the next-two runs with one in the bottom half of the fifth and one in the seventh to tie the game at 3-all. Then, after both teams plated one in the eighth, Bunceton came back and scratched together two more runs in the ninth for the victory.
Hunter Shuffield picked up the win on the mound for Bunceton in relief while Knipp took the loss for Tipton. Dillon Alpers started the game and pitched 5 2/3 innings and struck out seven batters while giving up two runs on two hits and four walks. Shuffield then came in and pitched 3 1/3 innings and allowed two runs on one hit and three walks while striking out five.
Bunceton also out-hit Tipton 8-3, with Brayden Doyle going 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Dylan Flatt had two hits while Layne Maddex singled and drove in one run. Jason Burnett and Austin Alpers also had one hit each while Hunter Griffin Rechers drove in one run.
Embry and Wolf each doubled in the game for Tipton.