Trojans bow to Eagles in 10 innings
Pella Christian pushes past West Marshall, 2-0
STATE CENTER — The rain subsided and the lightning stopped, but the West Marshall bats never came out to play.
The Trojan baseball team managed just one hit as Pella Christian knocked off the top-seeded team in Class 2A’s District 10 in 10 innings, beating West Marshall 2-0 late Saturday night at Schelling Field.
The start of the district final was delayed more than 30 minutes because of lightning and endured two more breaks totaling just less than 2 hours before the game truly began in earnest.
With two ace pitchers putting up nothing but zeroes and strikeouts, neither offense managed much. Devin Haveman had Pella Christian’s first hit — a seventh-inning single — and Cameron Bannister’s infield single in the sixth was the only hit the Trojans (27-6) got.
Pella Christian (17-14) finally broke through in the top of the 10th inning against Bannister, sparked by a leadoff walk to Haveman, a bunt single for Luke Mulder and a misplayed bunt off the bat of Stone Turner.
West Marshall had ideas of getting out of the jam when Bannister got a grounder back to the mound, but catcher Josh Larsen’s attempt to turn a 1-2-3- double play backfired when his throw to first sailed high. An errant pickoff attempt led to the Eagles’ second run before the Trojans could get out of the pickle.
Haveman completed his stellar relief appearance and sealed the win for the Eagles, who will meet No. 2 North Linn (37-5) in Tuesday’s Substate 5 final in Van Horne. North Linn dispatched Waterloo Columbus 9-0 in the District 9 title game.
West Marshall starting pitcher Ryan Reyerson allowed just one hit over 7 1/3 innings, while Will Dembski did the same for Pella Christian.