The Bulldogs defeated Laquey 11-0 in five innings on Monday
LAQUEY — The only thing colder than the weather in Laquey (0-8) on Monday night was the Hornets' bats in the baseball game against the Dixon Bulldogs (7-2, 2-0 in Frisco League).
That was through no fault of their own though, as Bulldogs pitcher Andrew Meier took the mound in the contest and blanked the Laquey hitters in a 11-0 run-rule victory for the Dogs in five innings.
Meier pitched the whole way, giving up just four hits, walked three batters and struck out five.
Pitchers hear coaches telling them to keep their throwing arm warm all the time, but it was almost an impossible mission on Monday with the wind chill dipping into the low teens.
“It's tough,” Meier said of pitching in cold weather. “You just have to prepare for it.”
His preparation was enough to get him the complete game shutout.
Just as impressive was the offense of the Bulldogs.
They put up four runs in the first, one in the second, another in the third, two in the fourth and three in the fifth to score in every half-inning they batted in.
“It's great that I can depend on all nine guys hitting through the order and scoring runs for you,” Meier said.
Junior Hunter Barnett was a catalyst for the lineup going 3-4 with two doubles and a single. He scored three times and stole four bases as well.
Fellow junior Wyatt Hughes was a perfect 3-3 with two doubles and a single, picking up two RBI, scoring a run and was hit by a pitch for a freebie.
“Our offense had a lot of contributions up and down the order,” Dixon coach Alex Shelton said. “It is nice to see a bunch of guys contributing to our team’s success. The more guys that we can get contributing, the better that is going to make us down the stretch.”
Shelton said Monday night was the coldest game he has been a part of in his entire coaching career.
It was amazing that the game was even played, as it was the only game being played in Pulaski County, but that is a testament to the job Laquey coaches Joe Kincaid and Mason Brock did to keep the field ready for play.
“We like to play anytime we can,” Kincaid said. “Everyday is good for baseball. We're just not used to seeing snow all the time.”
Kincaid said coach Brock deserves the largest part of the praise for the field being in such good condition despite the rain and snow (even sleet during the game).
“It's hard to get games in later on in the season,” Kincaid said. “So anytime we can get a game in, it's good.”
With the loss, Laquey slipped to 0-8, but that number is deceiving.
“We've had a few games that we've been in for the most part,” Kincaid said. “We ended up losing to Gainesville on Saturday 7-6 in the bottom of the sixth because of the time limit.
“It's like we're right there on the horizon. You think they're almost there and getting ready to break through and all it takes is one more hit to take us out it.”
It's tough for Kincaid to see such deserving players not see tallies pile up in the win column.
“It's an 0-8 season, but it just doesn't seem like it because there's a lot of guys doing a lot of good things and putting in a lot of hard work.”
The Hornets will travel to Iberia on Thursday. Games will start at 5:00 p.m.
Dixon will move onto play Stoutland on Thursday night at 5:00 p.m.
The Bulldogs junior varsity also won on Monday at Laquey, 7-3.