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Van Meter vs. Underwood

July 29, 2019

The two-seeded Van Meter Bulldogs defeated the seventh-seeded Underwood Eagles 17-7 in a high-scoring, mercy-rule shortened six innings in a Class 2A quarterfinal Monday night at Principal Park.

The Eagles started the scoring off with an RBI single from Tyler Boothby after Blake Hall drew a two-out walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch.

The Bulldogs used their high-powered offense to respond with five runs in the first inning. An error by the left fielder and the shortstop aided their cause, with just three of the five runs scored earned.

That first inning signaled the end of Eagles starter Landon Nelson’s night. He finished with five runs allowed, three earned, and three hits allowed.

The Eagles rallied back to tie the game at five in the third, but after giving up the lead in the bottom half, they would never get back in this game.

Gannon Archer, the Bulldogs’ starter, entered this game giving up just four earned runs all year in 32.2 innings. However, he allowed five in the first three innings to cough up a five-run lead. He finished with five runs allowed in three innings and five strikeouts.

The Bulldogs would score 12 more runs, including 11 in the last three innings to overpower the Eagles.

This back-and-forth game featured just two half innings with no runs scored in the first five innings.

Van Meter (32-3) moves on to the Class 2A semifinals to play West Sioux.

Underwood finishes the season 26-5.