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Varsity Baseball Claims Share of 6th Consecutive Conference Championship

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In game one of the doubleheader to decide the conference championship, even though Van Meter and Woodward-Granger both had their opportunities, it was Woodward-Granger that eventually prevailed 7-4.  Woodward-Granger jumped out to a 2-0 lead after a run in the first and the second innings, both unearned.  The Bulldogs would respond with one run in the bottom of the fourth and two more in the bottom of the fifth to take the 3-2 lead.  That score would hold until the top of the seventh.  Anthony Potthoff was relieved by Mitch Pomeroy in the top of the seventh with one out, due to Potthoff reaching his pitch count limit.  After two base hits, and a pair of errors, Woodward Granger was able to take the lead and add to it extending their lead to 7-3.  The Bulldogs would threaten in the bottom of the seventh.  A leadoff single by Kaleb Booge and HBP by Anthony Potthoff had two on with nobody out.  JJ Durflinger singled home Owen Crawford, pinch running for Booge, but that was all the Bulldogs were able to piece together losing 7-4.  Spencer Hanson earned the win for Woodward-Granger. He threw seven innings, allowing four runs, eight hits, striking out four, and walking one. Mitch Pomeroy took the loss for Van Meter Bulldogs Varsity. He tossed two-thirds of an inning, surrendering four runs, four hits, and walking zero. Anthony Potthoff started the game for Van Meter. He tossed six and a third innings, allowing three runs, six hits, and striking out five.  The Bulldogs had eight hits in the game. Brady O’Brien and JJ Durflinger each collected two hits for Van Meter with Durflinger adding two runs scored and two RBI as well.

The Bulldogs had to win game two of the doubleheader to earn a share of the conference title and they did just that behind the pitching arm of Owen Crawford.  Crawford took a no hitter into the bottom of the seventh before yielding one run on two hits, striking out six and walking one in a dominant pitching performance.  Cole Theisen took the loss for Woodward-Granger. He went five innings, surrendering two runs, five hits, striking out three, and walking zero.  The Bulldogs offense would score one run in the 4th, on a perfectly executed first and 3rd steal by JJ Durflinger and Connor Guess, another in the 5th off an RBI double by Kaleb Booge that score Brady O’Brien, and finally two in the 6th on a bases loaded walk taken by O’Brien and a sacrifice fly by Brett Berg.  Connor Guess had three hits in the nightcap for the Bulldogs and Owen Crawford Crawford improved his record to 3-1 on the year.  The Bulldogs finished 17-1 in the conference, tied with Woodward-Granger for the championship, and are currently 23-3 on the year.  Their next game is at 26-1 Treynor on Monday.

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