The varsity baseball team grabbed an early lead on its way to a 16-1 victory over AC-GC on Monday. In the first inning, Sam Thompson opened up the scoring with a single on a 1-2 count in the first inning, scoring Anthony Lowman. Carson Rhodes then singled home Thompson later in the inning to make the score 2-0. The Bulldogs would roll from there. The offense added three runs in the second, one in the third, before breaking open the game with ten runs in the top half of the fifth inning. A single by Connor Guess and the next two batters hit by a pitch loaded the bases. A wild pitch and a ground rule double by Kaleb Booge extended the lead to 9-1. The next seven runs were all scored with two outs. RBI singles by Lowman, JJ Durflinger, Guess, Zach Ernst, and Drew Gordon, in addition to a wild pitch and an error, would account for the remaining runs in the inning.
Freshman Anthony Potthoff earned his first win on the mound, pitching in his first career varsity game. He pitched four innings, surrendering one run(unearned), three hits, striking out eight, and walking zero. Drew Gordon finished out the fifth inning by striking out the side giving the two pitchers a total of 11 K’s out of the 15 outs recorded in the game. The Bulldogs collected 15 hits at a time Guess, Rhodes, Lowman, and Booge each collected multiple hits. The win improves Van Meter to 12-0 overall and 10-0 in the conference.