Host Dunn’s rally came up just short as Stanley took a narrow 5-4 win on day two of the Dixie Youth North Carolina AAA state baseball tournament on Sunday.
Reliever Tanner Williams was the pitcher of record for Dunn. In one inning, he yielded one earned run on three hits and one walk, with one strikeout.
Reliever Jordan Buckner was the winning pitcher 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 two hits, including a double, and one run scored to lead Dunn at the plate.
Alan Hinson had a double and one run scored. Tres Daughtry had one hit and one run scored. Carson Tew and Wyatt Scott had one hit apiece. Harry Johnson had one run scored.
Nic Stutzman had two hits and one run scored and Jack Scholz and Parker Ford had two hits apiece to lead Stanley at the plate.
After Stanley grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, Dunn answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning, with Daughtry and Johnson scoring on a base hit from Tew, to take a 2-1 lead.
Stanley tied the game with a run in the top of the second and took a 5-2 lead with a three-run fourth inning.
In the bottom of the fourth, Williams doubled and scored on a double from Hinson, who scored on a base hit from Scott to cut the lead to just one.
But Dunn was unable to produce another run and Stanley held on for the win.
Dunn meets Reidsville, which beat Burgaw in an elimination game Sunday, in an elimination game at 5:30 p.m. on Monday. Stanley faces East Duplin, which routed Boger City Sunday, at 7:30 on Monday.