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Don Bosco vs. Newman Catholic

August 1, 2020

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

Don Bosco’s Charlie Hogan entered the contest with just three hits all season, one of which coming earlier in the state tournament. But against Newman, 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.

Prior to Hogan’s heroics, Newman and Don Bosco battled in a defensive duel for most of the game. Dons freshman Mack Ortner threw 4.1 innings, giving up five hits, striking out five, and didn’t walk a batter.

Meanwhile, freshman 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 2-1 lead in the fifth 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 for the Dons.

Fifth-seeded Don Bosco finished at 20-1, winning its second state title. The Dons defeated Missouri Valley for the 1A title in 1978.

Sixth-seeded Newman ended at 19-6.

Attendance: 1,125