Game 2 of Friday’s Iowa high school state baseball tournament slate was a pitcher’s duel, as Council Bluffs St. Albert and Martensdale-St. Marys battled for three scoreless innings. But it was Martensdale-St. Marys and Brady Gavin who came out victorious with a 3-2 win at Principal Park.
St. Albert broke the silence in the fourth, as Lance Wright roped a booming double to left to ignite the Falcon offense. The second intentional walk on the day to Garrett Reisz led to an error and a RBI single by Alan Powers to leave the score at 2-0 in the top frame.
But it was all St. Albert could muster, as the rest of the offense on the day came by way of the Blue Devils. The MSTM bats answered back in the bottom-half of the fourth, as Kolton Fisk roped a double of his own down the left-field line to score Trevor Dooley, who led off with a single.
Blue Devils starter Gavin helped his own cause by hitting a double to deep center to tie the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth. He would later end the game on a walk-off single in the seventh. The righty matched his day at the plate on the mound, taking the 3-2 victory after seven innings of two earned runs on five hits, with four walks and nine strikeouts.
After 5.0 innings of five-hit baseball with two earned, five walks and six strikeouts, Reisz handed the ball over to Jake Hubbard for the last frame. Hubbard was tagged with the loss after surrendering the one hit to Gavin, with three hits, a walk and three strikeouts.
The fourth-seeded Blue Devils (37-6) meet top-seeded Newman Catholic in the semifinals. The Falcons end at 31-10.