BOONE — Things looked like they were in hand on July 24 as the A-D-M baseball team took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning against Boone with a trip to the state tournament on the line. Two hits, two errors a walked in run and a three-RBI hit by Boone’s Dylan McDowell carried the Toreadors to a 4-3 walk-off victory over the Tigers and clinched a spot in the state tournament at Principal Park in Des Moines.
Up until that point it was a defensive battle between the two teams. Going into the seventh inning A-D-M pitcher Dylan Nelson had eight strikeouts and had only given up four hits to Boone and A-D-M only had three hits despite having three runs on the board, only one of which was batted in.
Book said being in a defensive game is a lot of fun and that the seventh inning isn’t indicative of what his team has done all year long.
"It’s the kind of game that I like and it’s a game that suits us very well," Book said. "We haven’t had an inning like that all season and unfortunately it came to us at the worst time possible."
Book said that the morale in the dugout was great all game long.
"Morale was even great in the seventh inning. We got in a tough spot there and sometimes a game comes back and bites you when you’re not expecting it to. It’s just one of those games," Book said.
In the bottom of the seventh inning The first three batters for Boone: Brett Slight, Corey Fowler and Alex Davis reached base and had them loaded. Tanner Lindmark came into pinch hit for Brett Kinne and represented the game winning run, but was struck out by Nelson.
The next batter, Kendall Hilsabeck, also struck out for the second out of the inning. Nelson walked in a a run on the next batter before surrendering the three-RBI game-winning hit.
The Tigers just had three hits in the game and all of them were from the lead off batter Grant Goeden. He was 3-for-4 with the Tigers’ only RBI and two stolen bases as well.
"He played phenomenal," Book said. "He was great at the plate, he was great in the field."
Book said the team far exceeded his expectations from the beginning of the season and the 29 wins came as a surprise to him.
"I knew we were going to be really good, I didn’t know we were going to be this good," Book said. "Never in a million years did I think we were going to get 29 wins. Just a great team, great group of kids. I wish I had them one more year."