Boone hitters rarely needed to take the bats off their shoulders.


The pitchers for Iowa Falls-Alden combined to issue 11 walks and hit four batters during Friday’s Class 3-A District opener, gift wrapping an 11-0 rout for the Toreadors.


It was not an aesthetically pleasing game to watch, but Boone didn’t have to deal with much drama and advanced easily to Monday’s District final against Gilbert.


“You’ve just got to go up there looking for strikes,” Toreadors’ first baseman Dresden Wilson said, “looking for fastballs and adjusting.


“After that, it’s out of your control.”


Wilson collected one hit and was twice hit by pitches, scoring three runs. Zach Needham delivered a run-scoring single. He ended up with three RBIs after drawing a bases-loaded walk and being hit by a pitch with three runners on base.


Boone jumped ahead 4-0 in the first inning and pushed the margin to 8-0 in the third.


Evan Appenzeller was the winning pitcher, recording nine strikeouts, walking two and allowing just one hit.


Boone improved to 22-8 and the season and will host a familiar foe in Gilbert (17-14). The Toreadors defeated the Tigers 7-6 earlier this month.


“They’re definitely a competitive team,” Appenzeller said of Gilbert. “I think we need to bring our ‘A’ game, for sure.


“Can’t sleep on them at all.”