Dixon's three years worth of Frisco League baseball championships were thrown out the window Monday when Linn came to town.
DIXON – Dixon's three years worth of Frisco League baseball championships were thrown out the window Monday when Linn came to town.
Past success for the Bulldogs meant nothing to the opponent, which led to an outstanding duel between both team's pitchers, including Dixon's Solomon Weider.
Unfortunately, costly base running mistakes and a sporadic offense shined brighter than Weider's complete game performance, which resulted in a 1-0 loss – a pitcher's duel – to Linn.
The game's only run resulted from a Weider fastball left up in the zone that was belted off the left field wall – a deep double – that scored a runner from first base.
It was a "mistake pitch" that cost Dixon coach Alex Shelton's Bulldogs a win.
"Solomon came out and did a nice job for us," Shelton said after the game. "He just made one mistake that first inning and it turned out to be the ballgame."
That's not to say Dixon didn't have several chances to plate runs throughout the game as hitters reached base with base hits and walks throughout. Dixon's Lane Barber reached on a leadoff walk in the bottom of the fifth, but to no avail as subsequent groundouts plagued the Bulldogs.
In the home half of the sixth inning, Dixon threatened again as runners occupied first and second base with one out. A ground ball to the Linn shortstop confused the runner on second, who decided to stay at the bag. Linn threw to second for a putout, then to first in an attempt at an unsuccessful double play. However, reacting to the crowd's direction, the lead base runner cautiously made his way to third, where he was tagged out to end the inning.
"We had a guy picked off tonight, and a base running mistake on a weird play, but we need to know the situation beforehand and not let those kinds of things happen to us," Shelton said.
Weider finished with a complete game loss of only one run on 74 pitches.
"We had some chances but were unable to execute some of the small things that can help win a close ball game," Shelton said.
Still, the Bulldogs fought until the final out.
"You hate losing," Shelton said, "but it was a well-played ballgame."
The Bulldogs now face a nine-game slate in the next 11 days starting with a Friday game at Richland at 5 p.m.
"We will learn from this game that the little things can sometimes be the difference between a close win or a close loss," Shelton added.
Quick box score:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Linn 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1
Dixon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
[Game stats: LP Weider (CG, 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 5 K, 2 BB); Hunter Barnett, 1-for-3 (2B).]