West Bend-Mallard’s Season Ends In Substate Loss
ALGONA – The dreams of a state tournament appearance were dashed in a big way for West Bend-Mallard on Tuesday night. The Wolverines were sent home for the season in a 14-1 loss to Newman Catholic of Mason City in the Class 1A substate game played at Bishop Garrigan High School in Algona.
The contest lasted five innings on a sizzling summer night, five innings that seemed like forever for the Wolverines against the Knights, who earned their fourth consecutive trip to the State Tournament with the win.
Mason City Newman set the tone of the game in the first inning with a solo home run, and things went downhill for West Bend-Mallard from there.
Wolvering starting pitcher Jason Zinnel was put through the wringer on the mound, throwing over 60 pitches by the end of the second inning.
Trailing 6-0 to start the third inning, West Bend-Mallard couldn’t get anything going their way, but Newman erupted for eight runs in their half of the inning capping off the inning with a Grand Slam to take a 14-0 advantage.
The Wolverines would avoid the goose-egg in the fifth, scoring one run before the game ended with the 10-run rule.
Jason Zinnel would get four strikeouts and issued seven walks, while Jesse Zinnel relieved and walked three Newman batters. For the Wolverines, Jordan Buhs had a double in the contest.
The season was a long one for the Wolverines, as their young squad had 11 players on the roster, of which six were playing as freshmen.
The loss came after an exciting 5-3 win over Clay Central-Everly in the District Final on Saturday night at Storm Lake. West Bend-Mallard had defeated Laurens-Marathon by a 15-5 score on Thursday, July 14, to earn the District title game berth and carried the momentum of that win into Saturday’s contest.
Jason Zinnel would earn the win on the hill for the Wolverines, as he went seven innings and gave up six hits for two runs, one earned, with three strikeouts and four walks.
The hitting for the Wolverines saw Christ Schmidt belt out a double and three hits, while Nick Carman had two doubles. Brady Jensen had a double and two hits, while Jake Umsted added a double. Jason Zinnel had three hits along with Able Ramos, while Jordan Buhs had two hits along with Taylor Foley.