After a state tournament appearence a year ago, Dallas Center-Grimes looks like they have a different baseball team this season. DC-G coach Byron Peyton thinks that their record is a little deceptive, however, since they’ve lost six of their Little Hawkeye Conference matchups by two runs or less.
After struggling to string together a run of consecutive wins this season, the Mustangs won four-straight at home in Dallas Center. They swept Pella Christian in Dallas Center no July 3 and then swept Knoxville on July 7.
“We’re one hit away from winning them all,” Peyton said after the sweep of Pella Christian in Dallas Center on June 3.
They have an 11-6 conference mark following their double header against Pella Christian. Earlier in the year they lost to Norwalk 2-1, Oskaloosa 5-4, Grinnell 4-2 and 2-0, Pella 3-1, and Newton 1-0.
The Mustangs swept the Eagles, winning the first game 10-0 in six innings and the second game 10-2.
Centerfielder Jacob Mueller went 3-for-4 and scored three runs in the first game while Nate Osborn pitched six innings and allowed only one hit while walking three batters in the shutout win.
In game two, the Mustangs wasted no time, scoring seven runs in the first inning. Tyler Pierson went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Max Balzer went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored as well. Austin Kloewer got the win on the mound in four innings of work.
In the double header, Justin Carlyle, a senior this season, played three different positions. He played catcher in the first game, before starting at shortstop in the second game and moving over to third base later in the game.
Peyton praised the senior’s versatility after the games against Pella Christian.
“We’re going to miss that next year,” Peyton said.
Most recently, against Knoxville, the Mustangs only needed five innings in the first game. DC-G won the game 11-1.
Cole Baker got the start on the mound and allowed just one hit and one run (zero earned) and struck out eight as he went on to pick up the win. Tyler Pierson, who played third base in game one, went 1-for-3 with a double and had three RBIs.
Tanner Draisey and Jacob Mueller each had two RBIs. Callen Bertrand, Alex Jaspering and Osborn each scored two runs in the game.
Game two was a tighter contest, but Max Balzer got the victory on the mound as the Mustangs won the game 4-2.
After winning four-straight games, the Mustangs fell back and lost to Boone by a score of 10-0 in five innings on teh road.