The Dixon Bulldogs and The Waynesville Tigers ended their season last week in a rainy baseball tournament. The Bulldogs traveled to South Callaway in Mokane, while the Tigers traveled to Hillcrest High School in Springfield.
Class 3 District 9
The Dixon Bulldogs traveled to Mokane where they played in their District tournament at South Callaway High School. The Bulldogs went into the District as the number three seed and 10th ranked team in Class 3.
Dixon won the first round game over the Bourbon Warhawks 1-0 in 10 innings. The Bulldogs also won the semifinal game 9-5 over the number 2 seeded Fatima Comets.
Dixon created the matchup with the defending state champion South Callaway Bulldogs. South Callaway was the home team for the game and came in with a 20-8, record while the Dixon hitters had a 20-3 record. Both teams had 40 wins combined.
The Both Bulldogs had a pitching dual the entire game. The matchup was scoreless until the very end when South Callaway scored on a walkoff single to move on and win the District Championship.
Head Dixon Bulldogs baseball coach Alex Shelton said this about the close game, “Losing on a walk-off hit is never easy. The only solace that we have is that we flat out battled our tails off against a very talented South Callaway team that are the defending State Champions. Their pitcher, Kaden Helsel, who will be playing at Drury University next year, was flat out dominant, with a fastball that sat in the high 80’s all night, including a few pitches that touched 90. Combine that with an outstanding breaking ball and he was tough to handle.”
Walker Shelton pitched the complete game and allowed the one run on eight hits in the game. He struck out three South Callaway batters.
Coach Shelton said this about the pitching, “Shelton gave us a gem as well. Walker matched zeroes for six innings, until a 1 out, seeing-eye single up the middle scored the winning run of the night. I couldn’t be more proud of the effort he gave us on the mound. This was a tough test for Walker and he met the challenge head on and gave us absolutely everything he had.”
Coach Shelton Said this about his team and their future, “I am super proud of the season these boys just turned in. 20 wins is a great accomplishment in itself, but I am most proud of the growth I saw all year and how well we competed night in and night out. This was a fun group to have this year and I am thankful for the ride we had. Leaving us will be Braden Mahurin and Walker Shelton. These are both two young men who have been dedicated and loyal to our program for 4 years. We will miss their leadership, but we know they are headed off for greater things. Braden will be playing baseball next year at Missouri S&T in Rolla, while pursuing a degree in Engineering Management. Walker will be attending Ozark Technical College in Waynesville, while pursuing a degree in Business. The rest of the team will take a couple of weeks off and then begin the preparation process for next year as our summer schedule will get underway.”
Class 5 District 10
The Waynesville Tigers took on the Hillcrest Hornets in their District baseball tournament. The Tigers fell to the Hornets 2-1 in a close game to end their season at 3-24.
The Tigers and the Hornets held each other to a 0-0 game for the first two innings. Hillcrest picked up two runs off a single, which gave them the win. The Tigers were able to score one run in the third, but could not score again. The 2-1 score would be final in the game. Hillcrest out hit the Tigers 5-3 in the slower paced game.
The Tigers had hits from Noah Ochoa, Tanner Simpson, and Eric Kane. Ochoa had the Tigers only run.
Simpson pitched five innings against 25 batters. He allowed three hits and two run in the loss. He struck out six Hornets. Ochoa closed out the season against seven batters and gave up two hits.
The Tigers will begin summer baseball in the next week in Waynesville.