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Van Meter vs. Des Moines Christian

August 1, 2020

Van Meter defeated Des Moines Christian 6-0 in the 2A state championship Saturday, claiming the school’s second straight state title.

The Bulldogs kept the Lions quiet for the entire game. Van Meter senior Anthony Potthoff pitched a complete-game, four-hit shutout. He struck out eight and walked just two.

Van Meter struck first in the bottom of the opening inning on a sacrifice fly.

The Bulldogs added two more runs in the fourth. Bryce Cole plated Kolby Booge with an RBI single and Cody Coffman scored on a double from Zach Pleggenkuhle.

Van Meter added another two runs in the sixth inning when Potthoff brought in a pair with a single down the left side.

Des Moines Christian struggled to counter offensively in the school’s second-ever state tournament appearance. The Bulldogs went 4-for-27 at the plate, and six errors defensively (triple from the previous two tournament games combined), didn’t help either.

This was Van Meter’s third title in school history. The Bulldogs won in 2019 and 2003.

Both teams are members of the West Central Conference. Van Meter won the regular-season meeting 1-0.

Top-seeded Van Meter finished at 23-3. Sixth-seeded Des Moines Christian ended at 17-7.

Attendance: 1,783