Don Bosco storms past Grundy Center in district baseball semis

Grundy Center's Travis Kuester pitches during last Tuesday's district semifinal with Don Bosco as Tanner Appel (right) readies for any potential play at first base. Don Bosco won, 13-1, in five innings. (Robert Maharry photo)

HUDSON – After a rain delay that left both teams waiting in their dugouts for almost an hour and a half, Don Bosco pounced on Grundy Center in the first inning and coasted to a 13-1 district semifinal victory in Hudson last Tuesday night.    

           

The Dons (26-4), reaching the semifinals with a 31-0 win over Collins-Maxwell, got to Spartan pitcher Travis Kuester quickly with back-to-back doubles from Kendall Becker and Cael Frost, and Kuester was pulled after just 1/3 of an inning when Fischer Ohrt singled to make it 2-0.

           

Wes Willis replaced Kuester, but Don Bosco kept scoring thanks to two walks and a sacrifice fly. Cael Tenold walked to make it 7-0 with two outs, and freshman Dayne Zinkula entered the contest in relief. After a Cedric Yoder grand slam over the left field fence, it was 11-0.

           

“I had a script, and I had it mapped out in each inning on what we were going to do. The script just got a little hiccup in it. We didn’t throw strikes, we walked some guys and they’re just a remarkable hitting team,” Grundy Center coach Pat Brown said. “If we could’ve just thrown strikes, we had an opportunity.”

 

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