The Batesville Bulldogs started off the season facing off against the Union County Patriots in the summer heat.The Bulldogs started off the scoring just 3 minutes into the match. Johnathan Lynch crossed the ball in and JJ Kuisel headed it in near post. The next goal came with 34.31 on the clock when Lynch took a corner kick and Dominic Butz finished off of a header. 33.46 JJ Kuisel sprinted in and tapped the ball past the keeper to Michael Ripperger for a shot into the net. 31.00 Ian Powers took a corner kick and Evan Vogelsang placed it past the keeper. 30.13 Gus Cooper played a ball down the center to Michael Ripperger who was able to dribble the ball in and score. Moments later the game came to a halt, when JJ misstepped and went down breaking his arm. The game continued after the ambulance took him for help. 2.41 The Patriot keeper came out of position after a distribution mistake and Oscar Camarena took advantage of a goal. 1.34 Kavin Saravanan played the ball into Zach Harmeyer who dribbled in and cut across the keeper then finished in the back of the net. First half ended 7-0.The second half opened with a goal at 35.07- Johnathan Lynch crossed in and Michael Ripperger volleyed in for the final goal of the match. The Bulldogs out possessed and defended the Patriots for the shut out in Nate Slavin’s first game as keeper returning from injury.Next game will be home against Rushville.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Hunteman.