The Pilot Grove Tigers and New Franklin Bulldogs baseball team punched its tickets to the championship in the Class 1 District 10 Tournament last night in New Franklin by taking different routes.
While top-seeded Pilot Grove defeated Bunceton 6-3, the New Franklin Bulldogs had a little easier time by exploding for seven runs in the fifth for a 10-0 win against Jamestown.
Pilot Grove and New Franklin will play for the title on Wednesday in New Franklin starting at 6 p.m.
Although the Tigers wound up beating Bunceton by three, the game was a lot closer than the final score as the two teams battled to a 0-0 tie for the first-four innings. However, in the bottom-half of the fifth, Pilot Grove took the lead for good by pushing across four runs on a two-RBI single to left by Trevor Day and a RBI-single to right by Kendall Kraus. Bunceton also ran into some tough luck in the fifth when Darrin Kammerich reached on an error after laying down a sacrifice bunt. The Dragons also committed an error on Pilot Grove’s fourth run in the inning.
Meanwhile, in the sixth, the Tigers plated two more runs on a lead-off single by Jacob Twenter and two Bunceton errors to make it 6-0.
Game over, right? Not hardly. Although the Dragons had several chances to score runs in the first-six innings, they saved their best for last in the seventh on three straight hits on a single to left by Kyle Held, a RBI-double to left by Will Twenter and a two-RBI single to left-center by Jacob Clevenger.
Unfortunately for the Dragons, they never got any closer in the ballgame as pitcher Alex Twenter, who came in and pitched one inning in relief for Trenton Young, left two stranded after back-to-back walks by getting freshman Damion Amidon on a strikeout to end the game.
Trenton Young picked up the win on the mound for Pilot Grove, who improved to 12-4 on the season, while Kyler Tucker took the loss for Bunceton, who closed out the season at 7-4 overall.
In six innings, Young struck out six batters and gave up just one hit. Twenter, meanwhile, pitched one inning and surrendered three runs on  four hits and one walk while striking out two.
Tucker pitched all six innings for Bunceton and gave up six runs on five hits and two walks while striking out two.
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Kendall Kraus went 3-for-3 in the game for Pilot Grove with three singles and one RBI. Trevor Day was 1-for-4 with a single and two RBIs while Jacob Twenter added one single.
For Bunceton, Kyle Held went 2-for-3 with two singles while Jacob Clevenger and Will Twenter added one double and one RBI each and Kyler Tucker with a RBI-single.
As for the New Franklin Bulldogs, they jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first against Jamestown and then added one in the third and one again in the fourth to make it 3-0. Meanwhile, after hold Jamestown scoreless again in its half of the fifth, New Franklin came back and broke the game wide open with seven runs in the bottom-half of the inning to win by the 10-run rule.
New Franklin coach Erich Gerding said his team had some good swings on the ball and hit a lot “at em” balls early. “We kept at it and it paid off,” Gerding said. “We also had good pitching, good defense and a few guys hit the heck out of the ball. We’re looking forward to Wednesday night.”
Tyler White picked up the win on the mound for New Franklin while Colton DeVore took the loss for Jamestown. White pitched the first-four innings and struck out eight batters while giving up just three hits. Tanner White then came in and pitched one inning in relief with no runs, no hits and no walks.
DeVore, meanwhile, pitched two-plus innings for the Eagles and gave up one run on four hits. Andy Thompson then came in and pitched 2 2/3 innings and issued nine runs on six hits and seven walks.
New Franklin, 13-4 on the season, also out-hit Jamestown 10-3 with Alex Holem going 3-for-3 with two doubles, one home run and three RBIs. Tanner White was 2-for-3 with two singles and two RBIs while Zach Evans added two singles, Jacob Woodbury with a two-RBI single, Tyler White with a RBI-single and Evan Storjohann with one single.
For Jamestown, Matt Hendrickson and Andrew Hardwick each had one hit.
In the Class 1 District 14 Tournament at Santa Fe High School, the Glasgow Yellowjackets defeated Slater 22-7.
Glasgow junior Alex Mathews picked up the win on the mound for the Yellowjackets by pitching three innings in relief of starter Austin Stockhorst.
Ethan Thompson went 5-for-5 in the game while Austin Stockhorst and Reid Littrell added three hits each and Josh Sanders with two hits.
Glasgow, the No. 4 seed, will play top-seeded Santa Fe in the semifinal round today starting at 3 p.m.