In a wild and windy day at Dixon, the Bulldogs fell 14-12 to Belle
DIXON — An old criticism of baseball is that often times it is a slow, boring game.
Dixon's game against Belle on Monday in Dixon was anything but that.
In a high scoring game, Dixon was defeated 14-12 to Belle due in part to a few untimely errors.
Dixon coach Alex Shelton said he could tell the ball was ready to jump off the bats as he stepped onto the field for the pre-game warmups.
“With the winds blowing straight out to left center you just had the feeling that it was going to be a high scoring game,” Shelton said.
The first inning didn't look that way, with Dixon taking a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the inning, but by the top of the second Belle already ran the Bulldogs' starter out of the park.
Five hits led to five runs in the inning and after that, Shelton sent in Andrew Meier to try to get things back on track.
That worked for a while as both pitchers were able to keep the ball down, but by the fifth inning Belle was back at it.
They got three hits off of Meier and three runs (only two of them were earned) to give Belle the 9-3 lead. Meier would be sat down after that.
Dixon started playing some catch up in the bottom of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings while Cole Emmons was putting up zeros.
Dixon got back one run in the fifth, four in the sixth and one in the seventh to tie the game at 9.
Emmons swung the bat well on Monday going 3-4 with three doubles, two RBI and two runs.
Chase Kloeppel was effective as well, hitting .500 with three singles, two RBI, two runs and a stolen base.
Those two collected six of the team's 11 hits.
But errors haunted the Bulldogs in the eighth.
Five runs plated in the top of the inning, only one of them earned by Emmons and it looked all but impossible for Dixon to come back.
Down 14-9, the Bulldogs were able to plate three, but that was as close as they got and the would fall 14-12.
“Give Belle a lot of credit,” Shelton said. “They are a very solid ball club that really hit the ball well and tested our pitching staff.
“I was happy with how we kept fighting to get back in the game. We will need to shore up a few things both defensively and offensively if we want to see these types of games turn into wins.”
The loss put Dixon at an even 2-2 on the season.
The Bulldogs will travel to Eldon on Thursday.