Early offense from Dallas Center Grimes downs Greene County in postseason action
If you blinked just once, you might have missed the scoring flurry put on by the Dallas Center-Grimes baseball team as they flew by Greene County 15-1 in the postseason opener Friday night.
In front of the hometown fans, the Mustangs did not take long to find offense in bunches. They kicked off their pursuit of an eighth state tournament appearance, with all of their 15 runs coming within the first three innings of action.
Even though the visiting Rams struck first with a one-run top half of the first, the host Mustangs answered in a hurry with seven hits plating seven runs. Following an Isaac Boley double to begin the inning, Colby Wigham and Jordan Sedivec plated the first two runs on their 14th and 16th RBI of the season respectively. Caleb Spence plated two on an RBI single which was followed by Cole Wessling’s fourth double of the season for a 6-0 DCG advantage. The first-inning scoring efforts for the Mustangs were capped off with Isaac Boley striking his second hit in the inning to give DCG a 7-1 lead.
In total, eight Mustang batters struck a hit in the contest, highlighted by Caleb Dicken’s big night going 2-for-3 with a home run and driving in three runs (now 15 total RBI on the season). Dicken was one of four batters who recorded multi-hit contests. His home run (first of the season), came in the eight-run third inning. That came after Wessling touched up his second RBI of the game and Boley crossed the plate as an error. A Cody Hall double followed by a Logan Smith single rounded out the scoring for the Mustangs for the inning and the game.
On the mound, Smith was as dominant as ever, allowing just three hits and one earned run while striking out eight batters through just 63 pitches total.
“As a pitcher, it feels really good to trust your offense to be behind you and get some hits and runs for you,” said Smith.
I kinda wanted to work all four of my pitches in today,” said Smith of his pitching performance. “I felt like I was able to (do so) with command. I feel like that’s going to pay benefits working back on hitters in the postseason.”
DCG’s win boosts their overall record to 16-3 and gives them the right to move onto the substate semi-final game Monday, July 20 against Carroll. The contest will once again be held back in Dallas Center and will begin at 7 p.m.