DES MOINES (KWWL) – Don Bosco erased a 38-year title drought on Saturday, topping 3-time defending class 1A baseball champion Newman Catholic 3-2.
The Dons' Mack Ortner kept Newmans bats at bay early, racking up 5 strike-outs through 4 innings keeping Newman scoreless in that stretch.
Dons struck first, taking a lead in the third inning. Fischer Ohrt grounded out to shortstop allowing Cael Frost to score from third for a 1-0 lead.
That edge went away in the 5th inning. Newman's Doug Taylor knocked a bases loaded base hit to center to score a pair. The runs ended a solid outing for the freshman Ortner although he'd leave trailing 2-1.
"I was happy iwth my performance,” said Ortner, “but at the same time I knew I could've done better. I had some placements on my fastball that I could have done better, but I feel good about it."
In the end the Dons didn't panic. Cedric Yoder hammered a shot to deep right, the long double brought in the tying run. The following batter Charlie Hogan knocked just his fourth hit of the season, a double down the left field line that scored another making it 3-2 as the Dons retoook the lead.
Easton Larson, meanwhile, kept Newman scoreless in the final 2 2/3 innings to hold on to the lead and de-throne the three-time defending champs.
"We had confidence, but it's great to see the guys that got the hits,” said head coach Joel Schares, “The top of the line-up guys were just so excited for the guys in the middle and the bottom of the line-up. That just means we had really good chemistry and a good team."
"It just means the world,” added Hogan, “These are my best friends since day one. This is what we dreamed of, beating the three-time defending champs, it's great."