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Don Bosco wins first state title since 1978

For the first time since 1978, the Dons are state champs.

Don Bosco took down Newman Catholic 3-2 in the Class 1A title game Saturday. The Dons denied the Knights’ quest for a four-peat with an offensive boom in the bottom of the sixth.

Don Bosco’s Charlie Hogan entered Saturday’s contest with just three hits all season, one of which coming earlier in the state tournament. But on Saturday, the junior connected on a pair of big-time hits, including the go-ahead RBI double in the bottom of the sixth. Hogan finished a perfect 2-for-2 from the plate Saturday.

Prior to Hogan’s heroics, Newman and Don Bosco battled in a defensive duel for most of the game. Don pitcher Mack Ortner threw 4.1 innings, giving up five hits, striking out five, and never walked a batter.

Meanwhile, Doug Taylor led the Knights’ charge, tossing seven strikeouts in his 5.2 innings. He walked two and gave up just three hits.

The Knights took a late lead in the sixth inning, scoring a pair of runs. Newman connected on five hits, including four consecutive singles at one point, but it was Don Bosco’s timely offense that prevailed.

In addition to Hogan’s two hits, teammate Cedric Yoder connected on a pair as well. Lewis Havel, Mason Denton, and Ryan Naughton also recorded hits.


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