Competing in the rugged Little Hawkeye Conference, the 2019 Pella Christian Eagles found a way to persevere and play their best ball at the end of the year.
The team finished with a record of 17-15 overall. The up and down season saw the team put together a streak of three wins in a row twice during the year. It was the longest winning streak of the season.
The first such winning streak was back on June 27 running through July 5. PC beat Dallas Center-Grimes in the second game of a doubleheader, edged Newton 8-7 and beat Pella High 8-1 in the first game of a makeup doubleheader.
The final three game streak had the Eagles beating Union 4-2, PCM 8-1 and West Marshall 2-0 all in district play.
The season ended with a loss to the No. 1 ranked North Linn Lynx 8-0 in Van Horne.
North Linn went on to finish second in Class 2A as they lost to Van Meter in the championship game at Principal Park in Des Moines.
It was quite a season for Will Dembski. The senior who is bund for Cal Tech to play baseball in Pasadena, Calif., led the Eagles with a .394 batting average, 12 home runs and five triples. All were team highs for PC.
Dembski also led the team in walks with 26.
Devin Haveman was the RBI leader with 27 followed by Dembski with 26. Haveman finished with a .316 average and a team high eight doubles. Haveman is a junior and will be one of the leaders next spring.
Senior Cole Webster had 19 RBI, good for third on the squad. He had six doubles, tied for second best overall.
Senior Lawson Bruxvoort was the rock behind the plate for PC. He was third in batting average at .280. He had 30 hits, three highest on the squad and 16 stolen bases, which was the best on the 2019 squad.
Dan Jungling had 24 hits for the year and Matthew Bokhoven 25. Ranking them fourth and fifth best in that category.
Dembski had the best pitching mark with a record of 8-1 for the year. His ERA was 1.62 with 106 strikeouts against 21 walks.
Jack Anderson was 3-1 on the mound and Devin Haveman 5-6 overall.
Will Dembski and Lawson Bruxvoort were both named to the All-Star Baseball Series in Carroll, playing games for the Small School East Team Aug. 8-11.
The Eagles were coached by Jeff Bruxvoort.