CROCKETT — The sixth-ranked Dawson Bulldogs buried Dallardsville Big Sandy when they took advantage of two first-inning errors to take a lead they would never lose Tuesday night in Game 1 of a Region III-1A best-of-three semifinal series.

And when the Dawson bats got hot, it all-but-ended the game — and perhaps the series — against the ninth-ranked Wildcats as the Bulldogs rocked Big Sandy’s ace Justin Ennis on the way to a convincing 11-1 win at Crockett High School.

Dawson (27-4) will go for its second straight series sweep and fifth consecutive postseason victory 5 p.m. Saturday in Crockett. Game 3, if necessary, will follow 30 minutes after Game 2.

Dawson sophomore pitcher Bubba Medrano made only one bad pitch all night long — a first-inning change-up that Ennis sent over the right center field wall. Medrano (8-1) was solid after that as he struck out seven and walked three in a complete-game three-hitter.

“(Bubba) had it,” Bulldogs head coach Brian Gaylor said. “We had worked on some extra pitches for him... some different angles. Man, he was there. He just seemed to keep them off-balance all night long.”

Ennis was not nearly as effective as he allowed 11 runs — nearly half of those unearned — off 11 hits and finished with nine strikeouts and four walks. The southpaw threw close to 150 pitches, but Gaylor said he expects to see him again on Saturday as Big Sandy tries to fend off elimination.

“I thought we saw the ball better,” he said. “As the night went on, we caught the release point of a left-hander. ... He will be back pitching Saturday. It’s a guarantee. It’s do-or-die time so I would expect him to be ready to go.

“He is still a good pitcher. Sometimes you have a night when the other team hits well. That’s the kind of night we had.”

A good start helped the Bulldogs get going in the right direction. Sophomore Jordan Hill and senior Michael Medrano each scored unearned runs in the opening inning as the Wildcats made the first of six errors in the contest.

Senior Cody Golden scored in the next inning when classmate Wesley McCulloch reached safely on yet another error. Dawson broke the game wide open in the sixth with a two-out rally that started with a McCulloch triple that knocked in sophomore Jerome Tennison.

A Hill single, Michael Medrano double and Bubba Medrano extra-base hit drove in three more runs, and the younger Medrano would also score in the inning. Junior Carson Nesmith led off the seventh with a triple and later scored thanks to a two-out McCulloch double that also brought home Golden.

A Hill base-hit to right scored McCulloch to round out the scoring barrage.

“I was a lot more pleased in this game than the Beckville series,” said Gaylor, who will turn to Michael Medrano (13-0) to close the door Saturday. “I thought we came out focused and ready to go. We knew we were going to face a tough pitcher, and I thought the guys were ready.

“We knew we had to tighten the defense. That’s the main thing, and we did that. Jordan Hill did an excellent job (at second base).”

NOTES: Anderson-Shiro coaches and players watched with interest Tuesday night, but they will have to get through third-ranked Rice Thursday night in Lorena in order to meet the Dawson-Dallardsville Big Sandy winner next week in the Region III-1A finals.

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