It took 10 innings, but six-seed Des Moines Christian is heading to the 2A semifinals after a 2-1 win over three-seed Dike-New Hartford in a game that ended at 11:50 Monday night.
The game-winning run came in the top of the 10th inning when Colby Shelton singled to left center field. The ball bounced just outside the Dike-New Hartford outfielder’s glove, providing base runner Ben Leusink the time to cross home.
Dike New-Hartford had a chance to tie or take the lead in the bottom of the 10th, but Des Moines Christian retired all three batters in order.
Senior pitcher Kole Bradley threw 11 strikeouts and gave up just one hit in his six innings on the mound. Trey Castile entered once Bradley left, and he shut out Dike-New Hartford in his four innings. Castile struck out four, including two in the bottom of the 10th.
Dike-New Hartford's defense came from the arm of pitcher Reece Beuter. He tossed 110 pitches in 7.2 innings, striking out 12 and allowing just three hits.
The Wolverines scored first in the second inning, and things remained quiet until the sixth when Des Moines Christian, which struggled to string together consistent offense, finally got on the board. The Lions scored off a Dike-New Hartford error and tied the game at 1-1.
Then, in the following inning, Des Moines Christian’s defense flexed its muscles. With runners on first and second with no outs, Dike-New Hartford elected to bunt. The ball bounced into the hands of Des Moines Chrisitian pitcher Trey Castile, who then threw to second for the double play. The Wolverines would ground out after, sending the game to extra innings and keeping the Lions’ hope alive.
Following Des Moines Christian’s upset victory in 2A quarterfinal action, the Lions will face two-seed North Linn on Thursday.