The Van Meter baseball team got an opportunity on Tuesday to play at Principal Park in Des Moines, the home of the Iowa Cubs and the state baseball tournament at the end of the year. The Bulldogs played Twin Cedars and lost 3-1, seeing their undefeated record come to an end.
The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but Twin Cedars scored one run in the third inning to tie the game and then they scored two runs in the fifth inning to take the 3-1 lead the won the game with.
The Bulldogs were limited to two hits in the game. Brandon Brittain went 1-for-3 at the plate and also drew a walk while Ben Flaherty had the other hit for the Bulldogs, going 1-for-2 with an RBI double.
Drake Doud scored the only run of the game for the Bulldogs. Logan Crawford pitched five innings and struck out four batters while walking two and giving up three earned runs on four hits.
Kyle Schmitt was one walk away from a perfect game, even though the game only lasted four innings as the Bulldogs routed Madrid 15-0. Schmitt struck out two batters and walked one while giving up zero hits in four innings pitched.
Zach Forret went 4-for-4 and scored two runs. Doud scored three runs in the contest as the Bulldogs extended their record to 4-0 on the season.
The Bulldogs continued their winning ways with two blowout victories against Knoxville in Knoxville in a double header on May 31. They won the first game 12-0 and they won the second game 13-3.
In the first game, Brandon Brittain took the mound for the Bulldogs and pitched five shutout innings, striking out four batters and giving up just two hits. Brittain also hit a home run in the first game for the Bulldogs.
Brittain, Colton Boswell, Flaherty and Jacob Eslick each scored two runs for the Bulldogs in the first game.
Boswell picked up the win on the mound in the second game for the Bulldogs pitching four innings and allowing three hits.
Ben Engstrand scored three runs in game two of the double header.
In the second game of the season, the Bulldogs defeated Interstate 35 18-1 in a game that lasted four innings. The Bulldogs exploded for 13 runs in the top of the fourth inning.
Engstrand, Doud and Ross Wesselmann scored three runs each for the Bulldogs in the blowout win while Crawford picked up the win as the starting pitcher.
The Bulldogs started the season off in winning fashion defeated Woodward Academy 7-0 on May 29. Schmitt started for the Bulldogs on the mound and struck out 13 batters, pitching the complete game and allowing just one hit.
Engstrand went 2-for-4 at the plate and drove in three runs while Flaherty went 0-for-2 but still scored two runs and stole two bases. Wesselmann went 2-for-4 with two doubles.