Dixon will play Iberia in the Frisco League Tournament championship game after defeating Licking on Tuesday
LAQUEY, Mo. — In Laquey on Tuesday, the Dixon Bulldogs thrashed Licking 13-7 and propelled themselves into the Frisco League Tournament championship game that will be played on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs will play Iberia, who also played on Tuesday and beat Plato 8-1.
On Tuesday, Dixon flexed their offensive muscle to gain an early lead and ride that to the finish.
Which, Dixon coach Alex Shelton said, was the plan all along.
“I felt like we put the pressure on their defense by putting the ball in play and running the bases well,” Shelton said. “We also did a nice job of curbing a couple of late pushes by Licking to try and get back in the game by responding with runs of our own.”
Dixon plated three runs in the first and second innings while starting pitcher Hunter McCoy put a couple of goose eggs on the board against Licking.
In the bottom of the third, the Wildcats were finally able to tally a run, but the Bulldogs turned right around and added two of their own.
McCoy was really pleased with his team's offensive turnaround after just squeaking by Newburg 1-0.
“I think we really came out and hit the ball good today,” McCoy said. “Much better than we did against Newburg.”
The bottom of the fourth inning though, caused some pause.
Licking was able to get to capitalize on a couple of errors by Dixon's defense and put up four runs.
Shelton then pulled McCoy when there were two outs in the inning and put in Cole Emmons to pitch the rest of the way.
McCoy didn't have bad numbers — he pitched 3 2-3 innings with two earned runs, six hits and five walks while fanning seven batters. With the errors and runs swirling though, his confidence might have been shaken and Shelton wanted to make sure their spot in the championship game was guaranteed.
So, he sent in Emmons to slam the door.
That he did.
“After I came out Cole did a great job of coming in and shutting them down,” McCoy said.
After the Bulldogs answered with four runs of their own, Emmons blanked the Wildcats in the fifth and sixth.
Dixon added another run for good measure and Licking came up to bat in the bottom of the seventh.
The Wildcats were able to scrape together two runs, but just one of them were earned for Emmons.
McCoy earned the win for the Bulldogs in the 13-7 victory while Emmons snagged the save.
Emmons went 3 1-3 innings giving up just one hit and two walks while striking out eight batters.
The Bulldog pitcher really embraces the role of coming in to earn saves.
“It feels good when we have a solid lead when I come in,” Emmons said. “It's a little more comfortable and we can work with pitches. I like it, it's intense. You just come out, try to get warm in this cold weather, throw strikes and attack the hitters.”
On the offensive side Chase Kloeppel went 2-4, both singles, with three runs batted in, three runs, a walk and two stolen bases.
Similarly, Andrew Meier went 2-4, both hits were one-baggers, with 2 RBI, a run, a walk and two steals.
McCoy helped himself out with a double for two RBI.
Dixon will face Iberia for the tournament championship at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Emmons really wanted Iberia to win on Tuesday and his wish was granted.
“We're kind of big rivals, so it'll be a good game,” Emmons said.