Fourth-seeded Van Meter rallied from a 3-1 deficit to edge Alta-Aurelia 4-3 in a Class 2A quarterfinal-round game at Principal Park — surviving a wild seventh-inning comeback bid by the Warriors.
Van Meter wasted no time to grab a run in the first inning as J.J. Durflinger was brought home on a sac fly from Brett Berg to make the game 1-0.
Starting pitchers Alex Snyder of Alta-Aurelia and Anthony Potthoff of Van Meter worked a scoreless second and third inning before Alta-Aurelia picked up two runs in the fourth.
Alta-Aurelia’s Anthony Krier notched a two-out single that gave the Warriors a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning and Alta-Aurelia tacked on run in the top of the fifth on a triple from leadoff hitter Kaleb Sleezer that made the game 3-1.
Van Meter’s Cody Coffman smashed a double into the right center gap to drive in the tying run and Kolby Booge tallied the hit which gave the Bulldogs a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning.
A crazy seventh inning ensued when Van Meter hit, struck out, and walked a batter to start the inning. Krier and Michael Ryherd were on first and second until they pulled off the double steal and moved to second and third base. A failed suicide squeeze attempt spoiled the double steal and Krier was caught in a rundown before being tagged for the second out of the inning. Potthoff was able to strike out the next batter looking and Van Meter won the game 4-3.
Potthoff fanned 11 to push his record to 11-1 on the season.
Van Meter (30-8) will move to the semifinal round to battle top-seeded Iowa City Regina on Thursday. Alta-Aurelia’s season will end at 20-5.