Paul Laurence Dunbar's unrated baseball Bulldogs are showing some serious bite.
On Tuesday night, Dunbar rallied for a run in the sixth and two in the seventh to clip No. 13 Tates Creek 3-1.
On Wednesday night, the Bulldogs fashioned another late comeback, this time scoring three in the sixth to knock off No. 11 Lafayette 4-3.
"I don't have much hair anyway, but I'm losing it, that's for daggone sure," a smiling Dunbar Coach Larry Poynter said after Wednesday night's home victory.
"This has been in this team the whole time. It just took us a while to find our rhythm, and we're finding it at a good time. These were two very good district wins."
Clint Baumgardner led off Dunbar's decisive sixth with a single off reliever Kevin Herren. Tyler Cox followed with a walk, and Connor Huskey reached on a bunt to load the bases with no outs.
Kyle Monthie was hit by a pitch to force in Baumgardner. Clay Branham’s sacrifice fly made it 3-2, and pinch-hitter Tyler Brummer’s infield single drove in another run.
That insurance run proved to be huge in the bottom of the seventh when Lafayette staged its own rally.
Anderson Miller slapped a lead-off double off Cox, who was trying to go the distance. The next batter lined out, but Herren followed with a run-scoring single to make it 4-3.
Dunbar reliever Stephen Holdren gave up a single to Lucas Williams, but he slammed the door after that, striking out the next two batters to give the Bulldogs reason to bark for the second night in a row.
Cox turned in a gutsy pitching performance for Dunbar. The senior right-hander gave up five hits, five walks and struck out 12.
"Tyler's had a tough start this season, but he's thrown against quality teams," Poynter said. "That happens."
Miller, who beat Dunbar and Cox 3-2 earlier this season, had a solid game, too.
The senior left-hander, who has signed with WKU, gave up one hit, three walks, one run and had nine K's in five innings of work.
Williams had three hits to lead Lafayette's offense.
The Generals had a six-game winning streak halted.
Dunbar got three of its four hits in the sixth, but that was just enough at just the right time.
"Awesome," Cox said of the Bulldog's back-to-back thrillers. "Our level right now is so high."
Is this an indication of things to come for Dunbar?
"Oh, yeah, no doubt," Cox said. "We're still going up."
Poynter said he had told his players "to keep believing in what we're doing, and they are. Now we need to keep this momentum going."
Lafayette 100 001 1 -- 3 6 1
Paul Dunbar 000 103 x -- 4 4 1
Anderson Miller, Kevin Herren (6) and Jason Fergerson. Tyler Cox, Stephen Holdren (7) and Connor Huskey. 2B--Jes Staples (L), Miller (L).
Records--Lafayette 11-4; Dunbar 11-8.