The Dixon High School baseball team rebounded from an eight-run loss to Iberia on Friday, by defeating Plato 11-7 Monday night.
"I thought we played tonight with a lot more confidence and we looked a lot better then we did Friday night,” coach Alex Shelton said. “We are trying to get better with every game this fall and we definitely did that tonight."
Plato scored first in the game, when Tate Hildebred scored on an error, giving Plato the 1-0 lead. That didn't last long, as Dixon scored three in the bottom of the first inning to take a 3-1 lead. Andrew Meier, Solomon Weider and Cole Emmons each scored double hits and a single by Hunter McCoy account for the three runs.
Dixon added four more runs in the bottom of the second inning, thanks to four Plato errors and four Dixon hits to take a 7-1 lead after two innings of play.
Two walks and a wild pitch from Plato led to more Dixon runs in the bottom of the fourth inning as Dixon was on cruise control, up 9-1.
Plato mounted a comeback in the top of the fifth inning, scoring six times to cut Dixon's lead to 9-7, as Dixon allowed four hits but also committed an error and walk in a run.
Dixon tacked two more runs in the bottom of the fifth and Dixon and Plato combined for 24 hits and 19 runs in this game.
Friday night's game was a different story, unfortunately for Dixon. On Friday night, Dixon's luck was not so good as Iberia pounded out 14 hits in the win but it was Dixon's pitching staff that had the biggest problem as the Bulldogs issued nine walks in the game.
“We got ourselves into a bit of a hole in the first inning, but were able to battle back early on,” said Shelton.“ Unfortunately, we were not able to match Iberia’s offensive output for the remainder of the game.”
Iberia scored four runs in the first inning, but Dixon battled back and scored three runs in the bottom of the inning to make it 4-3 after one inning.
In the top of the second inning, Iberia added three more runs as Darrien Dickey, Isaac Minnick and Tyler Slawson each made hits to give Iberia the 6-3 lead.
Iberia added four more runs in the top of the fourth with Minnick getting a double and Colby Jones singling in two runs. The Rangers added their final two runs in the top of the sixth to take the game 12-4.