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DC-G downs A-D-M in first round of districts

Clint Cole - DCN: Cole Baker of DC-G hit a 2-run homerun against A-D-M on July 12, helping the Mustangs to a 14-4 win over the Tigers.
Clint Cole - DCN: Cole Baker of DC-G hit a 2-run homerun against A-D-M on July 12, helping the Mustangs to a 14-4 win over the Tigers.
Clint Cole - DCN: The A-D-M baseball team takes the field as the starting lineups are announced against DC-G on July 12 for the first round of the district tournament.
Clint Cole - DCN: The A-D-M baseball team takes the field as the starting lineups are announced against DC-G on July 12 for the first round of the district tournament.
Clint Cole - DCN:  The A-D-M and DC-G baseball teams stand for the National Anthem ahead of their district baseball game on July 12 in Adel.
Clint Cole - DCN: The A-D-M and DC-G baseball teams stand for the National Anthem ahead of their district baseball game on July 12 in Adel.

A Google Maps search indicates that only 17.2 miles seperate Adel-DeSoto-Minburn High School and Dallas Center-Grimes High School. The in-county rivalry between the Tigers and the Mustangs was renewed, for the second time in four days in Adel on July 18, this time in the first round of the district tournament.

“It’s a, what I would consider, a friendly rivalry of sorts,” DC-G coach Byron Peyton said. “It makes for a good competitive game.”

On July 18, the Mustangs defeated the Tigers by a score fo 14-4 in a game that lasted five innings and advanced to the district finals, where they will play against Bondurant-Farrar for a chance at the substate final game while the Tigers’ season has come to an end.

“They’ve done that to us… Once in a while a game goes this way and it’s just kind of the way it goes,” Peyton said. “We got the breaks, we hit the balls in the right spot and made them tough plays and that’s just kind of the way baseball games go. On another night they could turn around and the same thing could happen for them against us.” \

The Mustangs struck first in the top of the second inning scoring three runs and taking a 3-0 lead. In the bottom half of the second, however, the Tigers bounced back and took a 4-3 lead with help from a 3-RBI double by Robby Sloss.

After the second inning, however, it was all Mustangs as they jumped all over the Tigers offensively, scoring three more runs in the top of the third, five more in the top of the fourth and three more again in the top of the fifth while silencing the Tigers and ending the game after the fifth inning.

DC-G pitcher Cole Baker gave up three hits and four runs (one earned) while striking out three batters and walking one in five innings pitched. He also hit a two-run homerun as part of the Mustangs’ big five-run fourth inning.

The Mustangs will play against Bondurant-Farrar on Monday in the district 13 finals for a chance at the substate game. The game will be in Adel starting at 7 p.m.

The Tigers see their season come to an end with a 19-14 record overall, ending the season on a four-game losing streak, their longest losing streak of the season.

The Tigers’ longest winning streak of this season went from June 5 to June 12 where they won six-straight games.

The Tigers were led at the plate by Grant Goeden, a senior this year, who finished with a .425 batting average and a .492 on base percentage. Going into the game against DC-G on July 12, he had seven double, eight triples, three homeruns and 28 RBIs while going 14-for-15 on stolen base attempts.

Goeden’s eight triples were leading the state in Class 3A going into the first round of the district tournament.

Sam Kornstad, Ethan Herron and Logan Lemke got the majority of the pitching starts this season for the Tigers with Kornstad starting nine games, Herron starting eight and Lemke starting seven. Of those three pitchers, Kornstad led the way with a 1.75 earned run average, 46 strikeouts and a 4-4 record with opposing batters only hitting .195 against him this season.

Herron was 4-4 on the season with a 4.10 ERA and Lemke was 3-3 on the season with a 4.57 ERA.

Logan Essy, the team’s starting catcher started three games on the mound and made two more appearances coming in relief. He had a 4-0 record and a 2.57 ERA with 22 strikeouts this year.

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