Previously undefeated in the Frisco Conference, the Dixon Bulldogs baseball team took a 4-3 lead against Iberia in the top of the sixth.
IBERIA – Previously undefeated in the Frisco Conference, the Dixon Bulldogs baseball team took a 4-3 lead against Iberia in the top of the sixth.
Dixon's starting pitcher Hunter McCoy threw a stellar six innings of baseball headed into the final stanza before Iberia struck back.
"McCoy pitched a very good game for us," Dixon head coach Alex Shelton said. "He allowed just three earned runs and did a nice job mixing it up and keeping Iberia off balance."
Just as Joe Hardwick did in an April 30 matchup with Plato, Iberia's Darrien Dickey finished the game in style, lifting his Rangers squad with a two-run walk-off homerun – a 5-4 final. With the final hit, Dickey finished 1-for-3 in the ballgame.
Shelton said looking back at Dickey's game-winner "stings."
"Losing tonight on a walk-off homerun really hurts," Shelton explained. "It leaves you with a bad feeling. "That is the bad part about baseball."
Down 1-0 in the fourth, Dixon tied the ballgame at 1-all, but failed to score a runner on third with no outs – one of three similar opportunities. The addition of four defensive errors also crippled the 'Dogs' chance or victory.
"We didn't execute a few of the small things, which really cost us dearly and was the difference in the ballgame," Shelton said after the game.
And, although his Bulldogs lost, Shelton is looking for an opportunity for redemption.
"The good part is that we have another game [Wednesday] and can get right back after it again," he said.
At 12-4 (5-1), Dixon can earn a Frisco Conference championship with wins in each of the remaining two conference contests, but will need help in the form of an Iberia loss.
Dixon battled Licking on Wednesday.
*Note: Iberia defeated Crocker 8-2 in game two of Tuesday's doubleheader.
[Dixon game stats: LP – Hunter McCoy (7 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 5 K, 1 BB), 1-for-4 (1B, 2 RBI, R); Cole Emmons, 2-for-2 (2 2B, RBI, BB, SB); Solomon Weider, 2-for-3 (2B, 2 R, BB); Hunter Barnett, 2-for-4 (2B, RBI, R).]