Pella Christian and West Marshall were hooked up in a pitcher’s battle in the 2A District Championship contest Saturday, July 20 in State Center.
Lightning delayed the start of the game, but there was plenty of electricity in the game.
PC senior pitcher Will Dembski didn’t allow a hit in 7.1 innings of work on the mound.
The perfection continued when Devin Haveman toed the pitching rubber.
Haveman worked 2.2 innings and he too didn’t allow a hit.
Dembski and Haveman combined to no-hit the Trojans en route to a hard earned 2-0 win.
The win enables the Eagles to continue the season, putting them into the Substate final.
While the Trojans were literally shut down by the PC pitching and defense, the Eagles struggled to find much offense of their own.
Trojan starting pitcher Ryan Ryerson worked seven innings and gave up just one hit.
WM reliever Cameron Bannister worked the final three innings giving up two runs on two hits, both runs were unearned as an error enabled PC to cross the plate twice in the 10th.
PC hits were gathered in by Haveman, Luke Mulder and Cole Webster.
Mulder and Stone Turner each scored a run in the 10th. That enabled Haveman to pick up the mound win and Bannister suffered the loss.
Dembski walked four in the game while striking out 12. Haveman walked two and had no strikeouts.
Ryerson had eight strikeouts for WM while walking two. Bannister gave up two walks.
Coach Jeff Bruxvoort’s PC Eagles improved to 17-14 overall with the win while West Marshall bowed out at 27-6. The Trojans had won 18 of their previous 20 outings.