The Dallas Center-Grimes Mustangs kicked off the new week at home as they hosted conference foe Indianola Monday, June 10 with doubleheader action.
The Mustangs gave a mixture of results to the fans, dropping game one 6-3 followed up by an offensive surge in game two for an 11-5 rout.
Game one kicked off early with the scoring and it began with the visiting Indianola squad who jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead following the first two innings of play. The Mustangs couldn’t manage a whole lot of offense in the contest, amassing just three hits all game long. Junior Bryce Jermier had the best game out of all the Mustang batters as he collected two of those three team hits. His first came via a single in the first inning while his second came in the bottom of the third and came in a big way with a two-run RBI single to right field. Fellow senior Logan Smith added in the next hit as he also drove in a run.
From there, unfortunately, the Mustangs couldn’t manage another run, meanwhile, two runs in the third, one in the fifth and another in the sixth put the Indians up 6-3 which they rode out until the eventual end.
The man on the mound for game one was senior Zach Beekmann who went five strong innings of work, allowing four runs and giving up five hits. The contest marked the third straight outing that Beekmann collected over five innings pitched in a game. It was an overall strong outing for the senior but with some aspects that head coach, Byron Peyton would like to see improvement on in the coming days.
“Zach had great velocity today and had some nice pitch sequences but going forward there’s going to have to be more that he does in order to beat teams like Indianola,” said Peyton. “He’s got great stuff in the works he just needs to do more with his pitches and find more ways to keep hitters off balance and he could really be great.”
In game two the Mustangs jumped out to an early lead with plenty of offense to take the win and split the two-game set 11-5.
Next up on the docket for the Mustangs will be a single game contest when Pella Christian comes to town on Wednesday, June 12.