The Bulldogs give up five runs in the top of the seventh inning in a 7-5 loss to Vienna

DIXON — “This is a tough loss to swallow,” Dixon baseball coach Alex Shelton said on Friday after his team coughed up a 5-2 lead in the top of the seventh by allowing five Vienna runs to cross the plate.

The Bulldogs gave their best effort in the bottom of the frame to make up the deficit by loading the bases, but Vienna's shortstop cut off a ball deep in the shortstop hole and made the long throw to first to end the game.

It was a sinking finish for the Bulldogs, leaving Shelton to ponder what could've been had the smash fallen safely to the ground.

“The game would have been tied with runners at first and third,” he said firmly after the 7-5 loss.

Shelton said despite the loss there were several positives he and his team could take from the game.

“I liked our effort, how we competed and we did a good job of getting on base.”

Dixon's batters did a good job of accumulating runs little by little through the game, taking what the Eagles' pitcher was giving them.

The Bulldogs took one run in the first and the fourth before getting three in the fifth.

Junior Andrew Meier started on the mound for Dixon, giving up two runs in the third before running into trouble in the seventh. He finished with a no-decision on 6 1-3 innings of work, giving up five runs (four earned) on 10 hits, seven strikeouts and three walks.

Senior Hunter McCoy was stuck with the loss after the final two outs.

“Despite the outcome, I believe this team has the potential to be really special,” Shelton said. “It may take a little while to gel together and figure out everyone's role, but I think that will come sooner, rather than later.”

Dixon's next game will be on Friday at home against Iberia at 5:00 p.m.