Cuba pitcher Taylor Thompson shuts out the Bulldogs for a complete game 5-0 victory on Tuesday

CUBA — The Dixon Bulldogs baseball team was able to beat Bourbon 5-3 on Monday, but on Tuesday in the Class 3 District 9 semifinals they ran into Cuba's Taylor Thompson.

Thompson shutout the Bulldogs for the 5-0 complete game victory, ending Dixon's season at 18-6 (6-2 in Frisco League).

“Taylor Thompson was excellent for Cuba and was by far the best pitcher we have seen all season long,” Dixon coach Alex Shelton said. “We were unable to generate any offense, totaling just four hits on the night.”

Cuba grabbed four of their five runs early, taking three in the second and one in the third. After that, Shelton sent in sophomore Andrew Meier to slow them down.

Meier came in after the run was scored in the third to pitch the final four innings and was spectacular. He gave up one run, which was unearned in the sixth inning, on one hit and three walks while striking out six.

“There is no shame in losing to a very talented Cuba team that has won three straight district championships and is loaded with senior talent,” Shelton said. “For the season as a whole, I was very proud of how our team played.”

As well as he should be.

What's most exciting, is the fact that there will be plenty of talent returning for the Bulldogs next year.

“Our pitching was one of our strong points, and we will have most of it returning next season,” Shelton said. “Our defense was probably the most improved area of play, and we will continue to work on getting even stronger in that area. Offensively, we still need to improve, as that will make the difference between being a good team and a great team.”

Dixon will lose two seniors from its team — outfielders Justin Thompson and Chase Kloeppel.

“We wish them all the best as they prepare to graduate and look ahead to the future,” Shelton said before he shifted his focus back on the returning players. “As a team, we will use the summer to get in a lot of games and hopefully continue to build on a good spring season.”