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Top-ranked and top-seeded Newman Catholic used three runs in the first, five in the second and two in the fifth to defeat Tri-Center 10-0 Friday in the opening game of 1A play in the Iowa high school state baseball tournament at Principal Park.

Newman began the offensive barrage with a RBI single by Ian Holmgaard, followed by a sac fly and an error for a trio of runs, chasing out righty Kaleb Harrison after one inning of work.

Errors and wild pitches continued to plague the Trojans’ defense, as they registered four miscues in the field. Tri-Center’s Nelson Jackson relieved Harrison, surrendering two earned runs on four hits, with four walks and six strikeouts, before Newman ousted Tri-Center in a five-inning run-rule.  

Newman’s right-hander Caden Kratz went the distance, retiring 10 in a row and holding the Trojans hitless through four innings. He closed out his five innings with a line of one hit, two walks and six whiffs.

Newman continued to extend its lead with a five-run second in which two walks and an Evan Paulus single broke the lead open, 8-0. Paulus owned the standout performance of the game, going 2-for-3 with a duo of runs and RBI a-piece.

Andrew Morse’s fifth-inning RBI fielder’s choice was all the Knights needed to bring home Josh Fitzgerald to seal the win.

Kratz notched the win, as Harrison took the loss.

The defending champion Knights advance at 38-1. Tri-Center ends at 21-3.


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