Bunceton baseball coach Dustin Ray is now a believer after watching top-seeded St. Elizabeth dismantle his team Tuesday night in the semifinal round of the Class 1 District 10 Tournament in St. Elizabeth by a score of 15-0 in four innings.
While the Dragons closed out the season at 12-5 overall, Ray said his team hit the ball right at St. Elizabeth and couldn’t seem to find outs when they needed to. “Tough game against a great team,” Ray said. “I am extremely proud of this team and the season that they had. I couldn’t ask for a better group of guys to coach.”
With just two hits in the game, the Dragons also struggled to keep St. Elizabeth off the basepaths-especially in the second inning as the Wildcats exploded for eight runs. St. Elizabeth tacked on another run in the third and six again in the fourth to win by the mercy rule.
Heckemeyer picked up the win on the mound for St. Elizabeth while Layne Maddex took the loss for Bunceton. Heckemeyer struck out only three batters but also gave up just two hits and one walk in four innings. Maddex, meanwhile, pitched two innings and allowed eight runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out two. Dylan Flatt then came in and pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief and issued seven runs on seven hits and two walks.
St. Elizabeth also out-hit Bunceton 16-2, with Bax and Bloomberg each collecting three hits. Five different players finished the game with at least two hits or more in the game for the Wildcats-four of which went for extra bases.
For Bunceton, Jason Burnett and Dylan Flatt each had one hit.