Dixie Baseball Season in Full Swing
J. C. Tilton
Last week the baseball teams had a rough time making it to the field. When it wasn't raining, the fields were too soggy to play on. This week Mother Nature decided to cooperate and the diamonds were busy as teams hustled to get back on schedule. Besides their regular schedule teams tried to schedule in their makeup games from last weeks rainouts.
Dixie started their week off right with a win against Jefferson. Freshman hurler Nick Berkte put the Bronco's back on their heels and then Nick and the rest of the team went to work with their bats. In the 5th inning the Hounds had accumulated enough runs for the umpire to call the game 14-4. Bertke and Mitchell had 2 RBI's and McQueen had a game high 4 RBI's. Dixie did not fare as well against a makeup game against Preble Shawnee. The two teams played even until the 4th inning when the Arrows had a break out inning and held off Dixie for a 8-3 victory. Mitchell took the loss for the Greyhounds.
I was able to contact Coach Miller after the teams loss to Shawnee. Although the team is young, he thought that they were coming together well in the early Spring. Their "bats were starting to come alive". Asked if their were any surprises in the early going. Coach Miller responded, "It wasn't really a surprise, because we knew he was good coming in, but Nick Bertke, who is a freshman, has been doing really well...Also McQueen has been doing good." Having someone step up with a good arm is something that Dixie needed. A pitcher that the team was counting on, Jarret Crow, is out with a broken leg. With Crow out pitching is going to be a concern for the Greyhounds, they have 6 games coming up next week. Three of those games are against league rivals Brookville, Carlisle, and Waynesville. When asked where the team needed to improve, he responded "in fundamentals on defense, the hitting needs to improve, and pitching will be a challenge." Comments: email: Chris Tilton