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Tscherter ties Knights in knots

Gladbrook-Reinbeck senior twirls two-hit shutout in 5-0 Rebel victory

T-R PHOTO BY NOAH ROHLFING - Gladbrook-Reinbeck senior Tyler Tscherter pitches during Monday’s baseball game against Union Community in Reinbeck. Tscherter struck out nine in a two-hit shutout as the Rebels defeated the visiting Knights 5-0.

REINBECK — Gladbrook-Reinbeck (6-6) knows senior Tyler Tscherter is its ace — and in Monday night’s 5-0 home win over Union Community (3-6), with his younger brother Nick Tscherter catching, he continued a strong run of form for the soon-to-be Kirkwood Community College athlete.

After throwing a no-hitter against Denver last Tuesday, this was Tyler’s second shutout win in a week’s time.

Union was able to muster only two hits — one in the top of the second and one in the sixth inning — but neither led to a real run-scoring opportunity.

Rebels head coach Scott Kiburis credited the defensive play of G-R for giving Tyler help against the Knights.

“The defense played really good behind him, and they made quite a few plays,” Kiburis said. “[Tyler] was able to get outs on one pitch, which is really good. He’s a strikeout pitcher, and so you tend to have to work really hard when you strike out a lot of guys and it’s a lot of pitches.”

T-R PHOTO BY NOAH ROHLFING - Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s Nick Tscherter (5) hits a fly ball to right field that was misplayed, allowing a run to score in the Rebels’ eventual 5-0 victory over Union Community on Monday night in Reinbeck.

After a solid top of the first, Tyler and Keagan Giesking scored to give the Rebels a 2-0 lead. Giesking and William Kiburis had the RBIs. They also combined for four of the team’s eight hits on the night — Aiden Wyatt had two and Tyler and Cody Gebel had one hit apiece. Both teams went three-up, three-down in the second inning.

The third inning brought the final three runs for G-R — Giesking scored on a wild pitch and Gebel doubled home Nick and William. The Rebels did not advance a runner past second base over the last three-and-a-half innings, but the pitching and defense held up.

Scott said the Rebels were opportunistic at the plate and on the basepaths.

“We haven’t had many opportunities to steal bases [this season],” Scott said. “We picked the right pitches and they got good jumps, and that was important to score early.”

The Knights had nothing going offensively, with just three baserunners and no one advancing to second base. In seven innings, Tyer struck out nine and had no walks — just the two hits and a hit-by-pitch in the top of the seventh.

The Rebels play Jesup and Roland-Story in the final two regular-season games before facing Wapsie Valley Saturday in Class 1A District 9. The Rebels will play at 4:30 p.m.in Traer for the chance to advance in postseason play.

Scott said Tyler will start with the season on the line and a simple goal.

“This is his game before that game on Saturday,” Scott said. “Hopefully we play well against them to keep playing. We just wanna play as many games as possible, obviously, with the shortened season.”

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