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Bunn Wins Again
SANDERS SWATS ONE. Bunn leadoff whiz Nicholas Sanders delivers a base knock for the Wildcats as part of last Friday night’s road baseball decision at Louisburg High School’s Warrior Field. (Times photos by Geoff Neville)
LOUISBURG -- Pitching depth is mandatory for any team hoping to make a deep run in the state baseball playoffs.

That’s been a requirement that has hampered Bunn at times in the past postseasons, but don’t bet on it happening this spring.

The Wildcats have plenty of options on the hill, as evidenced by last Friday’s road diamond meeting at long-time rival Louisburg.

BHS first-year coach Chris Cullom called on No. 3 starter Thomas Dean, and he responded with a complete-game gem as the Wildcats secured a 10-0 victory at Warrior Field.

Dean struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter, and Bunn chipped away before breaking the game open with three runs in the top of the fourth.

“I’m not sure if we played our best, but we were able to push across runs in just about every inning,’’ Cullom said. “We had contributions from everybody in our lineup, and Thomas was really good because he was able to keep guys off base.’’

Bunn wasted little time denting the scoreboard as Nick Sanders led off the game with a single and eventually scored on an error off a strikeout-throwout attempt at first base.

Louisburg put two runners on base in the bottom of the first, but a caught stealing ended the Warriors’ hopes of a quick counterstrike.

Sanders’ RBI single in the second gave BHS a 2-0 cushion, and Louisburg once again stranded a runner in scoring position in the second following a leadoff single from Cooper Bolton.

Bunn tacked on another marker in the third after Christian Sledge singled with one out. The run would be unearned after an ensuing Louisburg error.

LHS had another opportunity in the third after Maurice Person tripled with two outs, but Dean escaped the threat by inducing a flyout.

The Wildcats all but wrapped things up with a four-spot in the fourth as Sanders drove in another run with a grounder before Spencer Brickhouse ripped a two-run double down the right-field line.

A wild pitch accounted for another marker as Bunn gave Dean plenty of breathing room at 7-0.

Louisburg will return to the diamond this Friday with a home game against Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference opponent KIPP Pride.

Bunn will take part in the South Johnston Easter Tournament beginning on Saturday at the SJHS campus in Four Oaks.

The Wildcats will tangle with the tourney hosts at 7 p.m. Play will continue Monday and Tuesday.

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