The Bunceton Dragons baseball team didn’t have its best hitting night on Wednesday against the Slater Wildcats. But it was still good enough to win 4-1 and improve to 4-0 on the season.
“A tough hitting night for this team,” said Bunceton coach Dustin Ray. “We are used to scoring runs and in this game that was not the case. We had to battle for the entire game to pull this one out. I am a firm believer in the fact that good teams have to win the ugly ones, too, and tonight we were able to do just that.”
The Dragons never trailed in the game against Slater and plated two runs in the first on RBI singles each by Layne Maddex and Hunter Shuffield.
Meanwhile, after a scoreless second, Bunceton tacked on another run in the third on a RBI single past third by Maddex to extend the lead to 3-0.
The Dragons would add another run in the fourth on a RBI-double to left by Brayden Doyle before giving up one run in the top half of the sixth for Slater’s only run.
Dylan Flatt picked up the win for Bunceton with seven strikeouts in five innings. He also gave up just three hits and one walk. Maddex then came in and pitched two innings in relief and allowed one run on two hits and two walks while striking out two.
Aden Sample took the loss for Slater.
Bunceton also out-hit Slater 7-5, with Brayden Doyle going 2-for-2 with a single, double and one RBI. Maddex had two hits and two runs batted in while Flatt added two singles and Shuffield with one hit and one RBI.
Five different players had one hit each in the game for Slater.