It had been a long road for the ADM High School baseball team over the past few weeks but thanks to seven runs across the first three innings, the Tigers put an end to their losing streak in a 10-0 rout over conference foe Bondurant-Farrar Tuesday, July 9.
The Tigers walked on to the field in Bondurant suffering from an eight-game losing streak that dated back to June 15 but Tuesday night, they broke through for their ninth win of the 2019 season. The Tigers produced a season second-best 16 hits on the night which led to ADM’s first season series sweep over the Blue Jays in five seasons. It all began with their best first inning this season which produced five hits and sent four runners to cross the plate. Zach Fuller picked up his ninth RBI of the season to get things started for the first run of the game. Meanwhile, Spencer Collins connected on his only hit of the game and blasted an RBI double to left field for a 2-0 lead the following at-bat.
The inning was polished off by the start of what was a strong day from Kaden Sutton who’s single to right field brought home two and gave the senior his 17th and 18th RBI’s of the season respectively. Sutton was a hotbed for productivity as he reached base in all four trips to the plate while scoring in three out of the four at-bats.
“Kaden has a strong swing and has great ability to put the bat on the ball and draw contact,” said head coach Jason Book earlier this season. “Once he connects, he has the power to be able to drive the ball and cause a lot of damage every time he steps to the plate.”
Following that strong first inning of action, a lot of excitement and even more action flooded the third inning where the Tigers struck for three more runs and opened up a 7-0 advantage. That came courtesy of four stolen bases and a pair of RBI doubles from Jaxson Millsap and Ethan Juergens, their eighth and third RBI’s of the season respectively.
Thanks to a pair of Bondurant-Farrar miscues in the fifth inning, ADM jumped out to an even bigger 9-0 lead. That was then followed in the seventh inning by a Grant Garton RBI single which in turn produced the sophomore’s second RBI of the season. That rounded out the scoring for the Tigers who officially collected a much-needed win.
A big focus for Tiger head coach Jason Book at the beginning of the season was effectiveness at the plate and that’s exactly what the Tigers were Tuesday night as they hit .552 on balls in play while collecting a batting average of .444 with runners in scoring position, a season-high.
“It’s one thing to put the bat on the ball, it’s another thing to do something with it once you make contact,” spoke Book earlier in the season. “One of our goals for the season was to be productive when we make contact in whatever form that would be.”
On the mound, the Tigers utilized a platoon of two pitchers including Chase Anderson and Ethan Juergens. Anderson picked up the win, his first of the season as he went five full innings of work and delivered a performance consisting of four strikeouts, just one walk, six hits allowed with the biggest aspect being not a single run allowed. Juergens came up for clean up duty pitching two innings worth of action and striking out two batters in the process.
The Tigers get a much-needed win and now earn their first win in the month of July. Their victory Tuesday night set up ADM with a record of 9-13 with a conference mark of 5-6. With just a few games remaining in regular-season action, the postseason looms ahead where the Tigers will head to Dallas Center to open up their postseason play on July 19 against Glenwood.