The Dixon Bulldogs picked up three wins at the Stoutland Baseball Classic.
March 22nd Pool Play - Crocker Lions
The Bulldogs came out hitting hard as they were able to score two runs in the first and three run in the second inning. The Lions scored one run in the bottom of the second to cut the Dixon lead to 5-1. The Bulldogs would, however, score a run in the fourth and fifth to extend their lead to 7-1 in the game. The Lions outscored the Dixon hitters 4-2 in the sixth inning to cut the score down to 9-5. Neither team scored in the final inning and the Dixon Bulldogs moved on to the play off round of the tournament.
The Bulldogs were led in pitching by Evan Nickels who pitched 3.1 innings. He allowed one hit. Nickels added two strikeouts in the game. Sabastian Salais allowed three hits and one run in his 1.2 innings. He struck out one Lion and walked three.
Walker Shelton pitched 1.2 innings and allowed four runs on three hits. He also struck out three batters. Shea Houle closed the game out with the final batter and added a strikeout.
The Bulldogs had four batters with a hit each in the win. Clayton Sinden was 1-2 in the game. He had a single, scored two runs, was walked and hit by a pitch. Sinden also stole two bases. Shea Houle went 1-3 on the night and hit a single. He also score two run in and stole a base in the game. Walker Shelton was 1-4 during the night and had a single and two runs batted in. He also scored twice and stole two bases. Braden Mahurin was 1-4 in at bats and had a single, run batted in, scored a run, and stole two bases.
Head Dixon Bulldogs baseball coach Alex Shelton said this after the game, “I was proud of our effort tonight in the second game of pool play in the tournament. We were able to split the game up on the mound in order to have pitchers available for Saturday and still pick up the win. I like how we jumped out to an early lead and then built as the game went on. I would like to see our defense be a touch tighter, but overall I was very happy.”
March 22nd Pool Play - Newburg Wolves
The second game of the night was against the Newburg Wolves. The Bulldogs came out strong again in the second game and scored four run to begin the game in the first inning. The Bulldogs never slowed down in the game and shut out the Wolves 15-0 after the final pitch.
The Bulldogs were led in pitching by Houle who threw for five innings. He only allowed two hits and struck nine Wolves. Sinden pitched one inning and struck two batters out.
The Bulldogs had two players with two hits. Mahurin went 2-3 in the game with two singles, a run batted in, three runs scored, and a stolen base, Salais went 2-4 and had a single, double, scored three runs, and was hit by a pitch.
Tyler Morgan went 1-2 and had a single, two runs batted in, scored once, and was hit by a pitch twice. Cyrus Nickels went 1-3 and had a single, run batted in, scored, and was walked. Shelton went 1-4 and hit a single, scored in two runners, scored once himself.
After the game coach Shelton said this, “I was really proud of the focus we showed playing back to back long games. We were on the field for over five hours straight and we remained focused throughout. Shea Houle was outstanding for us tonight, he worked five shutout innings. Clayton Sinden finished up the last inning in relief. I thought we did a good job of scoring early and then we added insurance late. The win puts us at 3-0 in pool play. This has been a grueling week on our pitching staff, but we have done a good job so far.”
March 26th Semi-Finals - Rolla Bulldogs JV
The Bulldogs pulled off their second shutout in two game. They also won their second game by more than ten run also in consecutive games. The Bulldogs put the game away with an eight run first inning. Dixon scored one run in the second and the third innings as well. They were able to close the game out with a final two runs in the fifth inning.
The Dixon Bulldogs won the game 12-0 and out hit the Rolla Bulldogs 9-3 on the night.
The Dixon Pitchers were led by Mahurin and Evan Nickels who both had great performances. Mahurin pitched two innings and only allowed one hit. He also struck out four Rolla batters. Nickels pitched three inning and struck out two batters also. He allowed only two hits in the game.
The Dixon Bulldogs had eight batters that had a hit in the win. Cyrus Nickels led the team with two hits. He also score two runs and had a run batted in. Evan Nickels had a double in the win. Mahurin went 1-1 and had a single, run, walk, and stole two bases.
Jaryn Brown went 1-2 and hit a single, sacrifice fly, a run batted in, and scored a run of his own. Walker Shelton also went 1-2. He hit a double, had two run batted in, scored two runs, was walked twice, and stole a base in the game.
Morgan had a single in the game, scored two run batted in, and scored a run. Shannon Kampeter went 1-3 in the game with three runs batted in. He also scored a run and hit a single. Salais went 1-3 also with a run batted in, scored a run, and hit a single.
Coach Shelton said this after the game, “We did a very good job of showing up ready to play today. Our offense jumped out to score eight runs in the first inning, that sealed the deal very early on. This allowed us to save Braden Mahurin a little more for the Championship Game later in the day. Evan Nickels did a excellent job, picking up the save in three scoreless innings in relief. Offensively, we were pretty balanced up and down the order and we played very good defense, as well. The win moved us to the Championship Game where we will face a very talented Belle team later in the day.”
March 26th Finals - Belle Tigers
The Bulldogs faced the Belle Tigers in the championship game. Both teams played very close, but the Tigers gave the Bulldogs their first loss of the season with the 3-2 loss.
Both team remained scoreless until the third inning when the Bulldogs scored one run to take the lead. The Belle hitters scored a run in the fourth and fifth inning to take a 2-1 lead. The Bulldogs tied the game up in the sixth with a run of their own. Both teams remain scoreless in the seventh and forced extra innings. The Belle Tigers were able to get a walkoff hit in the bottom of the eighth inning to capture the first place trophy. Belle won 3-2.
The Bulldogs had two pitchers in the game. Braden Mahurin pitched 3.2 inning and allowed one run on one hit. He had three strikeouts and walked two batters. Sabastian Salais pitched four innings and took the eighth inning loss. He allowed two runs and five hits in the final game of the night.
There were three batters from Dixon with hits in the championship. Mahurin went 2-4 in the game. He hit a single, double, stole a base, and scored a run. Sinden went 1-2 and hit a single, scored a run, and stole a base. Jaryn Brown hit a single in the game.
Coach Shelton said this after the game, “We knew going in this was going to be a close, evenly-matched ball game. In fact, the last couple of games we have played against them have all gone into extra innings. This one proved to be no different.”
He said this when asked about the scoring effort on the night, “We scored first on a safety squeeze bunt by Walker Shelton, which plated Clayton Sinden in the third inning. Chances were few all day, as pitchers from both sides did an excellent job. Belle would tie it on an error in the fourth and take a 2-1 lead on an error in the fifth. We came right back and tied it up at two with a run on an error in the top of the sixth. After a scoreless seventh, we would retire the first two hitters in the bottom of the eighth. But a walk, followed by an error, led to Belle getting a walk-off single to right field for the win and tournament title.”
He also said this after the tough game, “Despite the loss, I am extremely proud of how we battled, not only in this game, but also in the five games we played in the tournament. Starting out the season with a five game tournament in the first week of the season is never easy, especially with the pitch count rules. But I am proud of how we responded and how we competed. If we can continue to improve our defensive play, and keep competing in this manner, we will have a very successful rest of the season. After the first week our record is 4-1.”
The Dixon hitters will get another chance on Monday as they host the Belle Tigers for a non-conference Varsity and Junior Varsity matchup at the Dixon High School.