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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Dixon's big inning thwarts Crocker

  • Down 2-1 to Crocker in the bottom of the second, the Bulldogs were entering another knockdown, drag out Frisco Conference battle.
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  • DIXON – Down 2-1 to Crocker in the bottom of the second, the Bulldogs were entering another knockdown, drag out Frisco Conference battle.
    But, taking advantage of the Lions' mistakes, Dixon plated eight runs in the inning en route to a 13-3 victory.
    "We were able to get guys on base, capitalize on a few [Crocker] mistakes, and bring in some runs for the big inning," Dixon coach Alex Shelton said after the game.
    Bulldogs' batters drew four walks and were hit by three pitches in the second inning, then remained aggressive as baserunners. Keeping pressure on Crocker's pitcher and catcher caused the Lions to commit multiple errors and wild pitches, which gave Dixon five cheap runs.
    Crocker finally recorded two outs in the inning after giving Dixon a 6-2 lead, but that's when the Bulldogs' bats got hot.
    Dixon's Wyatt Hughes came through with a two-out, two-RBI double down the left field line to extend the lead – Hughes advanced to third on a throw home. Then, a shallow RBI single to centerfield brought home the Bulldogs' eighth run of the inning, giving them a 9-2 lead.
    Crocker's pitcher earned a strikeout to end the the devastating inning, though Dixon scored in each subsequent inning, securing a 13-3 run-rule victory in the fifth.
    "We have been playing much better lately, especially in the way we are competing," Shelton said. "The big inning last night was nice to get and goes back to the way we have been playing and the mindset we had coming in."
    On the mound for Dixon, Andrew Meier allowed just one earned run on five hits, and recorded 12 strikeouts in a five-inning victory.
    Though Meier is still developing as a pitcher, Shelton said he is overall an "exceptional player."
    "I have been very happy with the progress he is making," Shelton said of Meier. "Andrew will continue to grow as a pitcher as he builds endurance and continues to develop secondary pitches."
    Meier also finished an impeccable 4-for-4 (3B, 3 1B, RBI, 3 R, 4 SB) on offense.
    As far as defeating Crocker, the Bulldogs can chalk it up as another win. But for Shelton, a former Lion, the game meant a something more.
    "It is always nice to pick up a win, regardless of who you are playing, but when you get to play the school where you graduated from, it always means just a little more," he said.
    Dixon (4-6) will host Licking on Thursday at 5 p.m. Crocker is scheduled to return home to square off with Steelville on Thursday at 5 p.m.
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