Beckner struck out 16 batters over six innings Monday and Dobyns-Bennett held on for a 3-2 victory over host David Crockett in a Big 7 Conference baseball game.
“We ran into a buzzsaw tonight,” Crockett coach Spencer Street said. “When he’s on, he does well. He was good tonight.”
Beckner held the Pioneers to two hits but found himself in a few jams thanks to six walks. Strikeouts got him out of trouble more often than not, and the tall left-hander said he began working mainly with his fastball before using his off-speed pitches more in the later innings.
“When I started, the first time through the lineup, I didn’t feel like I needed it that much,” Beckner said of his curveball. “Then they started to get a few hits off me, so I tried to mix it up a little more. I had to take some more time and hit the corners.”
Reliever Sebastian Fugate came on to work the seventh inning and fanned all three Crockett batters he faced, the final two on 3-2 curveballs.
“Credit both our pitchers,” D-B coach Ryan Wagner said. “They kept us in the ballgame. To hold that team to two runs in their park, they did a real job.”
Beckner also had a pair of doubles.
Crockett’s Jake Adams was a hard-luck loser after pitching a complete game for Crockett and striking out eight D-B batters.
D-B’s Aaron Farley opened the scoring with a two-run home run over the left field fence in the third inning.
The Pioneers (3-7, 1-4) got back to even with two runs in the bottom of the third. Adams had an RBI double and Cade Larkins added a run-scoring single for the 2-2 tie.
The Indians (9-5, 4-1) regained the lead when Jake Timbes doubled and scored on a fielding error in the fourth. That proved to be the winning run.
The Pioneers had a chance to take the lead in the fifth when two walks and a wild pitch from Beckner left runners on second and third with nobody out.
Beckner then induced a popup and got two more strikeouts to end the threat.
Crockett got only one more baserunner the rest of the way.
“Brogan threw his butt off, but when we get in a situation where we have runners on second and third, we have to put the ball in play on the ground and try to make something happen,” Street said. “That one hurt. That kind of broke our a back a little bit.”