The Bunceton Dragons baseball team had the perfect ending to the regular season Monday night on the road against the Smithton Tigers.
With districts starting next week at St. Elizabeth, the Dragons came out and took control early and never let up while beating Smithton 9-4.
Bunceton, improving to 11-4 on the season, scored in five out of the seven innings and led Smithton 2-0 after two, 4-0 after three and 7-2 after five. The Dragons also put up one run in each of the sixth and seventh innings to win by five.
“We ended the regular season with a win over Smithton,” said Bunceton coach Dustin Ray. “We did not play a very decent ballgame and we had several mistakes that could have been much worse than what they were. In our usual fashion, our bats came alive and carried us to a win. This team of nine has had a great year and I cannot be happier with what we have accomplished. Sure, we could have pulled off another win or two, but in my opinion, 11-4 is a great season. Now on to district play against some very tough competition. Win or go home.”
Bunceton pitchers Dillon Alpers, Hunter Shuffield and Dylan Flatt were all about winning on the mound for the Dragons. Alpers struck out seven batters and gave up just two runs on four hits and two walks in five innings for the win. Shuffield then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed two runs on two hits and one walk while striking out three. Then, to finish the game, Flatt pitched one inning and struck out one batter.
Bunceton also out-hit Smithton 8-6, with Dakota Rose going 2-for-4 with a single, double and one RBI. Austin Alpers also had two hits and drove in one run while Jason Burnett added two singles, Trevor Anderson with one double and one RBI, Layne Maddex with one single and Brayden Doyle with two RBIs.