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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Dixon baseball drops two straight

  • DIXON, Mo. – The Frisco League baseball powerhouse Dixon Bulldogs haven't quite returned to form so far this season. After finishing an impressive 14-5 overall record in the spring, the squad dropped each of its first two fall season contests versus Newburg and at Iberia, mainly due to defensive struggles.
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  • DIXON, Mo. – The Frisco League baseball powerhouse Dixon Bulldogs haven't quite returned to form so far this season. After finishing an impressive 14-5 overall record in the spring, the squad dropped each of its first two fall season contests versus Newburg and at Iberia, mainly due to defensive struggles.
    Game 1 (vs. Newburg, 8/29)
    Ahead 2-0 after two innings, the Bulldogs fell apart in what head coach Alex Shelton called a "nightmarish" fourth inning, which included four defensive errors and allowed six Newburg runs to cross the plate.
    "From [that] point on, we were never able to regroup enough to overcome the deficit," Shelton said. "For the rest of the game, we didn't get any breaks and allowed Newburg to keep the momentum and to eventually take the win."
    Despite the loss, Andrew Meier (Soph.) shined on the mound, allowing three hits and striking out eight in four innings of work.
    At the plate, two Bulldogs finished with multi-hit games, Cole Emmons (2-for-3, 2 1B, BB); and Wyatt Hughes (2-for-3, 2 1B, RBI, R).
    "All-in-all it just was one of those games that you will have to have a short memory of, chalk up, and move on," Shelton said after the contest.
    Game 2 (@ Iberia, 8/30)
    As a pitcher, Emmons powered through a tough Iberia line-up, tossing his way through 5.2 innings, but earned a loss in his varsity debut.
    The young gun was let down by a shoddy defense, which committed six errors and gave Iberia three unearned runs.
    Iberia continually held a sluggish Dixon offense to one run en route to a 3-1 victory against its Frisco League rival.
    "Although it was still not the result we were looking for, I was glad to see some improvements, and especially happy with the pitching outing from Emmons," Shelton said. "If we can get this type of performance from Cole in the future, it will give us an added weapon in our pitching staff."
    Emmons finished after allowing only six hits, four walks and striking out eight.
    Meier finished 2-for-3 at the dish, hitting two singles and scoring the Bulldogs' sole run.
    Moving forward, Shelton expects his squad to improve during the course of the fall season.
    "We will still need to improve our defense and solidify a few positions, as well as improve on our approach with runners in scoring position," Shelton said. "With that said, I feel like we made a step in the right direction, which is what we are trying to accomplish this fall."
    Dixon was set to take on Tuscumbia on Tuesday. Look for a game recap in the Daily Guide later in the week.

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