Dunn fought hard until the end, but it just wasn’t enough as they fell 5-3 to Reidsville in seven innings on Monday, eliminating them from the Dixie Youth AAA North Carolina State Tournament.
Dunn led 3-1 after three innings, but Reidsville tied it up in the fourth and pulled ahead in the top of the seventh. Dunn had the top of the lineup come up to bat in the final inning with a chance to come back, but they couldn’t quite muster a rally.
Harry Johnson was the pitcher of record for Dunn, allowing one earned-run on one hit-and-a-walk while striking out three in two and two-thirds innings — the most pitched in an outing by any Dunn pitcher in the tournament.
Wyatt Scott went a perfect 3-for-3 with one RBI to cap off the tournament at the plate for Dunn. Tres Daughtry and Tanner Williams each added two hits and one run-scored. Carson Tew had two hits. Johnson had one hit and an RBI. Gavin Tyndall, Alan Hinson, Delaney Horne and Harrison Honeycutt each recorded one hit. Peyton Woodall scored a run.
Weather played a part in the contest, as the game was delayed for about an hour-and-a-half after lightning struck in the second inning and rain started pouring down. It took an effort from the volunteer staff to get all three games going in a timely manner.
Reidsville took an early lead after play resumed in the top of the second, but Dunn promptly responded with an RBI single from Scott to score Williams and tie it up at 1-1.
Dunn took the lead in the bottom of the third on an RBI single by Johnson that scored Woodall. Johnson scored on an errant pickoff attempt to make it 3-1.
But Reidsville tied it up in the fourth after a leadoff single and a couple of defensive miscues. Still, Dunn had a chance to pull ahead in the fifth as Daughtry led off with a one-out single, and with two outs, Williams singled behind him. But Daughtry tried to advance to third on the play, and while he nearly beat the throw, he couldn’t quite leg it out through the muddy infield as he was called out.
Neither team could score in the sixth, sending the game to extra innings. After a leadoff walk and a single, Reidsville scored on an errant pickoff attempt and a bunt to make it 5-3.
Daughtry hustled for an infield single with one out and advanced to third on a couple of passed balls, but a pair of strikeouts ended the game.
Reidsville advanced to face Hope Mills American, a District 11 rival of Dunn, in an elimination game on Tuesday.