The Van Meter Bulldogs baseball team took on the Ogden Bulldogs on Tuesday, June 6. The game ended in an 11-1 with a balk call, with VM taking the victory and keeping their undefeated record (8-0).
The game began slow with neither team getting a run in the first inning. Van Meter earned the first run of the game in the second inning when Connor Guess crossed the plate putting the score at 1-0.
The third inning is where Ogden earned their only run. After a couple outs and hits, Wes Clausen was able to make his way around the bases for the one run.
Van Meter began the bottom of the third inning with a bunt from Anthony Lowman. With his bunt, Lowman was able to make it to first base. The next two batters were thrown out at first, but Lowman still made his way around the bases. Drew Gordon then hit a single that put him on first base and got Lowman back home.
Lowman’s run was the only one VM got in the third inning, putting the score at 2-1.
Ogden didn’t score the rest of the game.
Carson Rhodes began the fourth inning for VM with a double, Brady O’Brien followed with a bunt that got him to first base. While Kaleb Booge was up to bat, O’Brien stole second. Booge was then thrown out at first, but his bunt still allowed Rhodes to make it back over the home plate for the first run of the inning.
When Mitch Pomeroy was thrown out after his hit, O’Brien made it back to home base putting VM up 4-1.
Van Meter dominated the fifth inning scoring six runs.
Sam Thompson began the inning being walked to base. While Gordon was up to bat, Thompson stole second and then stole third when Ogden’s pitcher overthrew back to second while Guess was up to bat.
Guess then hit a single to get on base and put Thompson back at home. Guess then stole second when Rhodes was up to bat. Guess then made it to third when Rhodes hit a single.
When Booge hit a double, both Guess and Rhodes scored for VM. Van Meter was now up 7-1.
After the two runs, Pomeroy was hit by a pitch; with Pomeroy on base, the bases were loaded for VM. Lowman then hit a double to get O’Brien and Booge home.
When JJ Durflinger hit a single, he took no time to steal second and then third. His stolen bases allowed Lowman to make it back home for VM’s tenth run.
In the sixth inning, Van Meter won the game when the bases were loaded after Guess and Rhodes hit singles and O’Brien was walked to base; Booge was then up to bat for VM. The game was called when Ogden’s pitcher was called on balk and Guess stole home to score the final run. Van Meter won the game with a score of 11-1.
Van Meter has a record of 8-0 so far on the season and will be playing a double header against West Central Valley on Thursday, June 8 at 5:00 p.m.