In what was an offensive explosion, the Dallas Center-Grimes Mustangs spoiled the night for host Grinnnell as they won handily 13-5 Wednesday night.
For a good portion of the season the Mustangs have suffered big innings against them but Wednesday night, they dished out a big inning of their own right out of the gates. With nearly everyone recording a hit, the Mustangs plated seven runs in the top of the first. From there, a good balance of pitching, defense, and offense with an 8-1 lead after four innings of play.
Both teams would trade runs throughout the next two innings and after six, the score would run 11-4 in favor of the Mustangs. Not like the Mustangs needed any more offense but they still manufactured two more runs compared to Grinnell’s one which would bring the score to it’s final mark of 13-5 DC-G.
In one of their best offensive nights of the season, the Mustangs pounded out 15 total hits. DC-G showcased their well rounded lineup highlighted by the bottom of the batting order. The Mustangs had heavy contributions from the six, seven, eight, and nine hole batters who collectively went 10 for 17 with four doubles and nine RBI’s.
On the mound Brady Nicolet took the win allowing for just seven hits, two earned runs, and one walk. Meanwhile the junior tossed a pair of strikeouts to bring his total to 18 on the season.
The Mustangs now bring their record to 8-21 as they wrap up the 2018 regular season. The Mustangs will now be heading back to Grinnell but in postseason style Friday night with a possibility for a rematch against Grinnell. First the Mustangs must face off against Knoxville in round one of the Class 3A District 14 tournament. The other side of the District 14 bracket includes former conference rival A-D-M who will play host Grinnell in game two of the day. The winner of both match ups will then play on Monday, July 16 in Grinnell with the winner of that moving onto the sub-state final.
The postseason match up for the Mustangs will again be back in Grinnell as the Mustangs will face off against Knoxville beginning with first pitch at 5 p.m.