A-D-M baseball coach Jason Book admits that his team this year is "not that great of a hitting team," but the Tigers are still 14 games above .500.
Their defensive talent and ability to take advantage of another team’s mistakes showed in a 6-0 victory over Dallas Center-Grimes on June 26 which makes them 2-0 against the Mustangs this season. Book said that taking advantage of mistakes is something they practice.
"We have to take advantage of any mistake that somebody makes," Book said. "I think maybe one or two passed balls that we could’ve advanced or scored on but other than that we took about everything we could from them."
After giving up just one hit and no runs in the top of the first inning, A-D-M’s Grant Goeden had the only hit of the inning for the Tigers and was caught stealing, but Jordan Grove and Dylan Nelson were walked and Kyle Herrick was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. Logan Essy, however, lined out to DC-G’s Tyler Pierson at third base who stepped on third after making the catch to complete the unassisted double play and retire the side with no runs scored by A-D-M and Book attributes this to their difficulties at the plate.
"We’re working on it everyday but we’ve got to get guys on and when we do we’ve got to score them," Book said.
The Tigers are in the bottom 20 in team batting average in Division 3A with just a .256 average through the game against DC-G, and the Mustangs are in the bottom five with a .228 average. A-D-M is in the bottom 10 in on-base percentage with .339 and DC-G is two spots lower than A-D-M in on-base percentage with a .331 OBP.
The first run of the game was scored by Jaxon Sloan for A-D-M, who safely crossed home plate on a wild pitch by DC-G pitcher Cole Baker. In the third inning, Grove scored the first of his three runs on the night on an error by DC-G shortstop Justin Carlyle and gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
Grove was 3-for-4 in the game with a stolen base and an RBI in addition to his three runs.
DC-G coach Byron Peyton pulled Baker in the fifth inning after he gave up a base hit by Grove, Nelson got to second on an error by DC-G first baseman Sam Wadsworth and walked Herrick.
Nate Kearney came in to relieve him but gave up two runs on an RBI single by Essy, who was 1-for-4 with two RBIs, and a wild pitch before striking out the next three batters to retire the side.
Goeden and Grove scored in the bottom of the sixth to give the Tigers a 6-0 lead.
Nelson pitched all seven innings for the Tigers and picked up the win. He gave up four hits, walked two batters and struck out six batters en route to the shutout victory.