Another game in and another victory in the books for the Van Meter baseball team to kick off the week Monday, June 29 against Earlham. Due to field conditions, the game had to be moved to Earlham High School but that didn’t stop the Bulldogs from capturing an 11-0 win over the Cardinals.
It was another multi-hit night for Van Meter marking their sixth game with ten or more hits. That helped propel Van Meter to their third shutout victory of the season and fifth contest scoring ten or more runs in a single game. Seven Bulldog batters recorded at least one hit in the contest while only a trio of Cardinals earned their way onto the base paths via hit. For Van Meter, a reoccurring theme has been hitting in bunches and once again, The Bulldogs did just that with six of the seven earning at least two hits, highlighted by a perfect batting night from Anthony Potthoff. The senior went a perfect 3-for-3 with two singles and his fifth double of the 2020 campaign. That helped Potthoff pick up his seventh and eighth RBI’s respectively.
Both of Zach Pleggenkuhle’s doubles came in Monday’s contest as he tied Potthoff with the most total bases earn in the contest. Sophomore Jack Pettit, junior Jacob Blomgren, senior Kolby Booge, and senior Brett Berg contributed multi-hit performances to Monday’s winning cause as well. As a team the Bulldogs officially drove in eight of their eleven runs which came from sophomore Gannon Archer, Booge, and Pettit along with two from Potthoff and three for Berg who went 2-for-4 on the night.
En route to their tenth straight victory over the Cardinals since 2015, the Bulldogs brought their hit total to 87 on the season, resting them squarely in sixth overall across the Class 2A baseball landscape.
Inside the circle, Berg went stride for stride with his pitching abilities, striking out six Earlham batters in just four innings and 48 pitches worth of action. Along the way the future DMACC star gave up just three hits but did no allow a single walk or a run to cross the plate under his watch. Berg ended up taking the overall victory, his second of the 2020 campaign.
Van Meter now rests with an unblemished 9-0-1 mark as the season enters its third week of action. It will be quite the challenge to remain perfect throughout the rest of the week for Van Meter. The Bulldogs face off against Des Moines Christian Tuesday, June 30 followed by a doubleheader battle at Madrid on Thursday, July 2 and wrapping up with a one-game battle with Bondurant-Farrar in the tenth overall battle between these two teams since the 2010 campaign.
The battle against the Lions is up first and will commence from Van Meter at 7:00 p.m.