MV baseball earns the district title
July 28, 2013 · Crystal Eskelsen
A balk combined with solid defense led to a big win for the Mount Vernon baseball team.
The Mustangs topped Iowa City Regina Saturday night in West Branch for the Class 2A, District 9 championship.
The win advanced Mount Vernon to the substate final, which was played Tuesday in Solon against Northeast Goose Lake. The Rebels were 24-8 going into the contest; the Mustangs were 25-14.
Results of the game weren't available at press time, but will be posted at the Sun Online. The winner advances to state, with first round games at Principal Park in Des Moines Monday.
Against Regina Saturday, Mount Vernon head coach Jeremy Elliott knew that something was afoul before the umpires called anything.
With runners on second and third, the Iowa City Regina pitcher was called with a balk, advancing Mustang Connor Welch home and teammate Jake Pisarik to third.
This gave Mount Vernon the 1-0 lead in the top of the seventh.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Mustang defense made three great plays, including a snag at third by Marquis Dew, a stop by Spencer Drahos at second base, and a leaping catch by left fielder Lucas Hansen to end the game.
"We had fantastic plays by Dew, Drahos and Hansen in the bottom of the seventh to preserve the victory," said Jeremy Elliott, Mount Vernon head coach.
Earlier in the game the scoreless tie was nearly broken, but the Mustang defense prevented that.
In the bottom of the sixth an Iowa City Regina baserunner attempted to score from first base, but he was tagged out at home by Conner Welch with the help of some impressive Mount Vernon fielding from centerfielder Jake Pisarik and shortstop Trey Ryan.
Mount Vernon beat West Branch earlier in the week in the district semifinal by a score of 7-0.
The Mustangs jumped out to an early lead after scoring three runs in the first inning. The Bears were unable to put together enough hits to score in the entire seven innings.
Mustang pitcher Cal Kragenbrink gave up just three hits in the game. Kragenbrink was the winning pitcher in both this game and in the game against Iowa City Regina.
"Cal Kragenbrink had an outstanding night on the mound in both games," Elliott said.
Kragenbrink was also the leading batter against West Branch, going 3-for-4 at the plate and scoring three times.
Drahos was 2-for-4 at bat, including a double. He scored twice and earned two RBI for the Mustangs.
Mount Vernon vs. West Branch
MV 7, WB 0
MV 312 100 0 7 10
WB 000 000 0 0 3
Pitchers: Kragenbrink (MV),
Extra base hits
2B- Kragenbrink 1, Drahos 1
RECAP: Mount Vernon's Kragenbrink was 3-for-4 at bat, including a double and earning one RBI. He was also the winning the pitcher for the Mustangs, going six innings and striking out four batters while walking just one. Both Ryan and Drahos each had two RBI.
Mount Vernon vs. Iowa City Regina
MV 1, ICR 0
MV 000 000 1 1 5
ICR 000 000 0 0 4
Pitchers: Kragenbrink (MV),
RECAP: The Mustangs had five hits in seven innings, but came away with the win. Kragenbrink pitched the shutout.