Victory never seemed out of reach for the Van Meter baseball team Tuesday night as they breezed past their opening game of the Class 2A district 14 tournament.
The Bulldogs were up against a familiar foe in familiar territory as they took on round one winner and fellow West Central Activities Conference member Panorama in Van Meter. Aside from exchanging three run innings in the first, the Bulldogs held solid control over the game and eventually coming away with the win 10-5.
The only big scare in the game for the Bulldogs came in the top of the first where the Panthers plated three early runs. What quickly followed was the answer by Van Meter in the bottom of the first with three runs of their own. That first inning showcased a lot about the resolve from the Bulldogs and it was an inning that impressed Van Meter head coach Mike Kennedy.
“Panorama gave us a great effort and it’s hard to beat anybody three times,” began Kennedy. “We had to battle a lot the first inning and we never gave up.”
Van Meter continued to respond offensively with three straight scoring innings including one run in the second, four in the third, and two in the fourth. Meanwhile Panorama could only muster two more runs the rest of the way which would set the score in favor of Van Meter 10-5.
Anthony Potthoff, Marshall Smith, and Brett Berg all contributed two hit nights including a pair of doubles from Berg to set his mark of seven doubles on the year. Berg joined JJ Durflinger with a pair of RBI’s on the night, accounting for four of the team’s seven total for the game. All together the Bulldogs churned out twelve hits including four doubles, three stolen bases, and five walks.
All three doubles machines took to the mound with Anthony Potthoff earning the win. The sophomore went just over four innings of work, giving up a mere three hits and no earned runs while striking out three in the process. The ninth ranked Bulldogs are now 27-8 with just one more obstacle in their path towards the state tournament. Van Meter will be taking on yet another conference foe in Ogden on Saturday, July 14 in Van Meter. Van Meter has already bested their Bulldog counter parts and it’s been seven years since the last time Ogden took down Van Meter in baseball competition.
The Bulldogs squared match up in the district 14 title game will take place in Van Meter and will begin at 7 p.m.