West, East Marshall bow in district semis
STORY CITY — The West Marshall baseball team suffered season-ending defeat in heartbreaking fashion here Tuesday night with a 3-2, six-inning loss to Des Moines Christian in a Class 2A District 13 semifinal that was called because of rain.
The Trojans (12-6) were denied one last chance to tie the game after rain arrived with Des Moines Christian (13-6) batting in the bottom of the sixth. When the weather became too severe to wait out, umpires were forced to call the game.
West Marshall had appeared to score the tying run, as well, in the top of the fourth inning when Brayden Evertsen raced home from third base on Jeremy Sly’s grounder to third. The throw home short-hopped the catcher as Evertsen dove to touch home plate, but the umpire ruled Evertsen out and ejected him for colliding with the catcher.
West Marshall’s argument went for naught, and the Trojans couldn’t recover in time to get the tying run before the game was called an inning early because of inclement weather.
West Marshall starting pitcher Gabe Jones took the loss, allowing three unearned runs on four hits and four walks over five innings, striking out one.
Peyton Hart got the Trojans to within 3-1 with his RBI double in th top of the third, and Evertsen’s single to left in the fourth was misplayed and allowed Ryan Reyerson to race all the way around from first base to score.
Evertsen took second on the error and advanced to third on Owen Siegert’s groundout before the disputed play prevented West Marshall from notching the tying tally.
Des Moines Christian advances to the district finals on Saturday in Story City against an opponent yet to be determined. The second semifinal to be played Tuesday in Story City between Roland-Story and South Hamilton was postponed to Thursday.
Dike-New Hartford 2, East Marshall 1, 8 innings
DIKE — The Class 2A No. 3 Dike-New Hartford baseball team scored the game-winning run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat East Marshall 2-1 in Tuesday’s District 4 semifinal.
The Wolverines (13-3) got a one-out single from Parker Kiewiet and a walk to Reece Beuter before Zak Wauters deliverd the walk-off winner, sending Dike-New Hartford into Saturday’s district final against Denver (8-7).
East Marshall got 7 2/3 strong innings from senior Jaron Johnson, who allowed seven hits and two earned runs in a heartbreaking complete-game loss. He walked one and struck out one.
The Mustangs had seven hits of their own, two apiece for Zach Jacobson and Wesley Hamor. Hamor’s double in the top of the first inning drove in Dane Thompson, who had singled, to give East Marshall a shortlived lead. Dike-New Hartford answered in the home half of the first with the tying run, and neither team scored again until the first extra inning.
The Mustangs close their season at 4-12 overall.