BC 000 000 0 - 0 DCG 001 000 x - 1
Benton Community’s baseball season came to a close when Benton (13-12) narrowly lost to the No. 2 seed at the state baseball tournament in Des Moines, Tuesday, July 28. Dallas Center-Grimes (18-3) won the game, 1-0, to advance to the semifinals Friday, July 30.
Drew Lange had Benton’s lone hit. The Bobcats had no errors. Losing pitcher Cade Timmerman threw for 6 innings, allowed 3 hits, 1 earned run, walked 3 and struck out 7. He hit one batter.
Dallas Center-Grimes had 1 error. Caleb Dicken had the team’s RBI. He also had two of the team’s three hits. Logan Smith allowed 1 hit, struck out 9 and walked 1.
Coach Derek Anderson’s comments: We knew going into the game against DCG that we would probably have to win a 2-1 or 3-2 ballgame. Cade kept us in the ballgame on the mound and we played great defense behind him. We thought that Cade would throw well coming off his recent performance at Xavier and he did not disappoint. He was able to get three pitches over for strikes and was able to keep their hitters off balance. Offensively we were able to put some good at bats against one of the best pitchers in 3A. Unfortunately, we were not able to string any hits together to put pressure on them. Drew Lange had the only hit of the game, Landen Schmuekcer had a walk, and Brady Sadler reached on an error. Our best offensive threat came after Sadler reached on an error and Cade Timmerman lined out to right field. For a moment it looked like it might slice toward the line, but straightened out and the right fielder made a nice play on it. We were proud of how our guys continued to compete to the end. They truly believed that they were going to find a way to tie the game or take the lead all the way to the last out of the game. We could not be more proud of how we improved throughout the year and despite losing 1-0, the 2020 Benton baseball team has a lot to be proud of as the season comes to an end. We are so happy for our six seniors and what they were able to accomplish and they have left the program in a better spot.