The Dixon Bulldogs traveled to Salem last week. They lost to the Salem Tigers 5-3.
The Bulldogs took their second loss of the season last week in Salem. The Tigers picked up the two runs that made the difference in the game as they scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Neither team scored in the second or third inning. Salem added a third run in the four inning. The Dixon hitters were able to tie the game up in the top of the fifth inning. Salem broke the tie in the six inning by scoring two runs. The Tigers went on to win the game 5-3.
Braden Mahurin pitched two innings and allowed two runs on two hits. He also had two strikeouts. Sabastian Salais pitched 3.1 innings and allowed 1 run on four hits. Salais struck out three Tigers in the game. Evan Nickels took the look late in the game as the Tigers score the final two run on two hits.
Mahurin had a run, single, and a stolen base. Shannon Kampeter hit a single and hit in a run batted in. Cyrus Nickels scored once, hit in a Bulldog, and hit a single. Clayton Sinden hit a single and stole a base. Walker Shelton also had a single and stolen base in the win.
Dixon head coach Alex Shelton said this about the scoring and described the game, “This was a tough loss today. In a day where we were trying to mix and match pitchers due the number of games played, we had a lot of things not going our way. Our offense was very quiet once again until the fifth inning, when we broke loose for three runs to tie the game. Unfortunately, we were only able to tie the game and we also lost two players to injury in the same inning. Salem would get a two out hit in the sixth, which would prove to be the winning runs. I felt like we were definitely not our sharpest today, but I do like the fact that we still competed and were right there in the mix to get the win. Sometimes in baseball, you will have days like these and you just have to battle through.”
The junior varsity won their game 8-1. The Bulldogs scored four runs in the fourth, two in the third, and one each in the fourth and fifth inning. Sinden took the win while striking out six Tigers. Cyrus Nickels also struck out five batters.
Sinden, Nickels, Jaryn Brown, Kampeter, Evan Nickels, Tyler Morgan, and Cyrus Nickels all had hits and either scored or hit a Bulldog in.