In what was maybe the best game of the entire tournament up to that point, Dunn fell to Stanley 5-4 on day two of the Dixie Youth North Carolina AAA state tournament on Sunday.
Reliever Tanner Williams got saddled with the loss for Dunn. In one inning, he allowed one earned run on three hits and a walk, with one strikeout. Jordan Buckner got the win for Stanley. In two and two-thirds innings, he gave up two earned runs on two hits and no walks, with one strikeout.
Williams had a strong night at the plate, leading Dunn with two hits, including a double, and a run scored. Alan Hinson also doubled and scored a run. Tres Daughtry had one hit and one run scored. Carson Tew had one hit and two RBIs. Wyatt Scott recorded one hit. Harry Johnson added one run scored.
Nic Stutzman had two hits and a run scored to lead Stanley offensively. Jack Scholz and Parker Ford added two hits each.
Stanley opened the game with a run in the top of the first to take an early 1-0 lead, but Dunn answered back in the bottom half on a two-run single by Tew to bring home Daughtry and Johnson, taking a 2-1 lead.
Stanley tied it up in the second inning, and pulled ahead in the fourth with a big three-run rally to make it 5-2.
Dunn wasn’t ready to give up easily though. In the bottom of the fourth, Williams led off with a one-out double and advanced to third on a ground out to second. Then, with a full count and two outs, Hinson came up clutch with an RBI double. Scott followed up with a bullet down the right field line to bring home Hinson and cut the deficit to 5-4.
Dunn tried to spark a two-out rally as Daughtry singled and Johnson drew a walk, but Stanley was able to come up with a timely strikeout to keep the hometown team at bay. A trio of nice defensive plays in the bottom of the sixth sealed the win for Stanley.
Dunn was eliminated from the state tournament on Monday after losing to Reidsville 5-3 in seven innings.
Stanley advanced further into the winners’ bracket, where they faced East Duplin on Monday night. The winner of that game will play the winner of Whiteville (beat Richlands 18-1) and Riegelwood (beat Elizabethtown 6-1) for a chance to advance to the final.