The Dallas Center-Grimes baseball team was looking to spoil senior night in Waukee Friday night as they took on Class 4A’s tenth ranked Warriors.
As with much of the season so far, the Mustangs held with the Warriors for most of the game but what did them in was a five run sixth inning by Waukee. That led to a loss for DC-G by an 8-2 final.
The normally potent Mustang offense fell quite silent with just four hits in the contest but still managed to hang with a potent Waukee team for five innings of play. Zach Beekman took the mound for the Mustangs and held a Warrior team averaging six runs a game to just three through five innings of play. Beekman ponied up just six hits and three walks while striking out three Warrior batters in just under five innings of work.
Really the only blemish for the junior hurler came in the first inning where a walk, two errors, and two Waukee hits plated three runs for the Warriors. Overall Beekman’s outing on the mound was more than solid but a performance that head coach Byron Peyton was not surprised by.
“Zach is very baseball savy,” began Peyton. “He is very dedicated to the cause and if there ever was a story for young kids to look to it’s the story of Zach. He took a little bit of skill and grew it into a great talent with all the hours and hours of work he put in. Tonight was great out of him and it was a performance that I expected out of him.”
It wasn’t just a great performance on the mound from Beekman as he helped out his own cause with the long ball, blasting his second home run of the season in the fourth inning. The home run displayed what has been a great offensive season so far and coach Peyton talked about the power bat of Beekman this season.
“The great thing about it is that Zach already had a great swing heading into this season,” began Peyton. “He’s a really sound hitter with great eyes at the plate and a very fundamentally sound swing that will benefit him a lot going forward.”
With a manufactured run on a Waukee error, the Mustangs dropped the Warrior lead down to 3-2 after five. Unfortunately, what has plagued the Mustangs all season did so again Friday night as Waukee dropped five runs in the sixth to bring the score to it’s final resting place of 8-2.
After the game coach Peyton talked about his team’s performance and the one inning game enders that have hurt his team this season.
“We’re actually much better than our record states,” began Peyton. “When you look game by game we’re in most every game up to a single point where we give up a big inning. It’s just been inconsistency that has bit us with those big innings.”
The Mustangs are now 6-18 on the season and will now continue on with game’s three and four of their seven game road stand to end the season with resuming game one against Indianola, followed by game two against the Indians to round out the double header today.