An early offensive explosion gave the Dallas Center-Grimes baseball team a big advantage early and they would use that to defeat rival A-D-M by a 13-6 final Thursday night.


What really helped the Mustangs was the seven runs put up in the first inning alone. Thirteen batters took to the plate in that first frame off of just four hits. Seniors Brandon Risius and Tyler Merical along with junior Zack Beekmann each delivered an RBI and with five walks and a wild pitch, the Mustangs jumped out to the early 7-0 advantage.


The offense didn’t stop in the first inning as Mustangs scored in four consecutive innings with two more runs in the second, three more runs in the third, and their final run in the fourth. A-D-M would strike for a run in the first, one run in the third, earn a three run fifth inning, and a one run sixth. The Mustangs held off any late game rally and would hold on for the 13-6 victory.


The Mustang offense recorded 12 hits in the contest with just one error and 14 runners left on base. Zack Beekmann led the way offensively driving in three of the teams’ ten RBI’s. Dallas Center-Grimes also earned two hit games from Colby Wigham, Cade Bertrand, Brandon Risius, and Bryce Jermier.


On the mound it would be Beekmann with a solid outing giving up just three hits and two earned runs with five strikeouts although did walk four batters in the process.


The Mustangs now improve their overall record to 3-5 as they take their sixth win in the past seven meetings against the Tigers. Mustang head coach Byron Peyton recently talked about his team’s offense and how pleased he’s been with the hitting so far this season.


“There are still some things to work on but we are really hitting the ball well,” began Peyton. “We’re doing a great job at recognizing our pitches so far and the thing is we’re still getting in the swing of things offensively. We’re still going to improve hitting as the season goes on.”


Dallas Center-Grimes will now take to the road in Pella tonight for a match up against Pella Christian beginning at 7:30 p.m.