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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Dixie Baseball Back on Winning Track

The Dixie baseball team got back on the winning track this week against Milton Union. They allowed the Bulldogs 2 runs in the first inning, but went on from there to run rule for a victory. Scoring a total of 14 runs. Seth Angel dominated on the mound allowing a single earned run and recording 8 strikeouts. Josh VonBehren was an impressive 3 for 3 from the plate – one of those hits was double and he recorded 4 RBI's for his efforts. Luke Bowling and Greg Leonard were 3 for 4. Leonard had 2 doubles and a triple with 3 RBI's. Brody Queen and Dustin Bartrum were 2 for 3. Christian Evans was 2 for 4. From the field both Brody Queen and Greg Leonard had 6 put outs. The team only had a single error recorded in an excellent defensive showing.

The Greyhounds had to work a little harder and the ending a bit more dramatic when they next played Preble Shawnee. It was a scoreless ball game until the late innings as both teams played hard nosed defense. Shawnee was finally able to score a run in the 6th inning to break the deadlock. That set up the last inning for the Greyhounds who were now down 0-1.

It was their last at bat and the first batter struck out, but the next hitter, Brody Queen, was able to reach base on an error. But with the tying run on first, the next batter struck out. Could Dixie do a 2 out rally and comeback for the win? Luke Bowling was hit by a pitch and reached first. With 2 runners on base Josh VanBehren made contact and reached base on a single. This loaded the bases for Greg Leonard; behind on the count at one ball and 2 strikes, he connected on the next pitch for a walk off double that scored two runs for Dixie – winning the game in exciting fashion.

Josh VanBehren lead the hitting going 3 for 3. Greg Leonard was 2 for 4, including the game winning double, he also lead the team defensively with 3 put outs. Seth Angel pitched 5 scoreless innings with 9 strikeouts. Luke Bowling finished the game on the mound and recorded the win, allowing 2 hits and a run.

Dixie closed out their week against Belmont. It was a 2-0 game at the end of the first inning, but after that the Greyhounds padded their baseball card stats by racking up 17 more unanswered runs. It was another run rule victory for Dixie. Seth Angel was 3 for 3 with 2 RBI's. Josh VanBehren was 2 for 2;
Jacob Campbell and Brody Queen were 2 for 2. Campbell also had 6 RBI's. Luke Bowling was 2 for 2 and had a 3 run home run. This hit was one for the record books as it was the first home run hit at the new Belmont Bison ball park.

Dexter Poole recorded the shutout win, only allowing a single hit. Aaron King had a good day defensively with 3 put outs. Dixie is now 5-6, but the two league wins this week will help them in the SWBL. Next week is a busy week and the schedule isn't any easier as they take on Waynesville, Franklin, Milton Union, and TVS.

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