URBANDALE – Brock Skoog remembers his final residence run nicely.
He was 12 years outdated, enjoying for the Urbandale All-Stars in the championship sport of the state event. His workforce misplaced.
His subsequent one topped that one.
The senior slammed a 2- providing over the left-subject fence at Barton Discipline for a two-run, stroll-off homer, lifting the J-Hawks previous Lewis Central four-three in a traditional 9-inning Class four-A, Substate Eight opener earlier than a reporter-estimated 350.
Skoog was requested what he thought when it left his bat.
“It’s gone,’’ he stated. “Greatest-feeling hit I’ve ever had. I knew instantly.’’
Skoog’s first varsity residence run propels third-seeded Urbandale (27-14) into Monday’s substate semifinal at second-seeded Abraham Lincoln (21-18), which beat Ames in additional innings.
Fourth-seeded Lewis Central closed at 26-Eight in merciless fashion.
“That’s what we tried to clarify to them, how brutal baseball will be and the way the entire sport can activate one pitch,’’ L.C. coach Lee Toole stated. “The make-up of this workforce is unbelievable. They by no means give up. They by no means quit. I don’t care what the rating is. They battle and battle.’’
Lewis Central put itself in the driving force’s seat in the highest of the ninth with some well timed hitting and daring baserunning. Alec Mass led off with a single and Brendon Figueroa reached when the J-Hawks fielded his bunt and received the pressure at second.
Figueroa stole second and aggressively took third on Chase Hedrick’s grounder into the opening between shortstop and third. Hedrick reached on the infield hit. Max Duggan bounced one to Michael Van Riessen at third. He went to second for the pressure and Figueroa sprinted for residence. The catcher couldn’t safe the throw to the plate and Figueroa pumped his fist because the Titans took the three-2 lead.
After a 29-pitch first inning, L.C. sophomore starter Drake Nettles threw an excellent sport to maintain his workforce in rivalry. After Urbandale scored single runs in the primary and third, he posted 5 straight zeroes earlier than exiting after eight full innings.
“He struggled early however actually settled in and gave us an opportunity,’’ Toole stated.
Duggan relieved Nettles and struck out the primary batter. Casey Steen singled to set the stage for Skoog’s unbelievable blast.
“I used to be simply attempting to get on base and do no matter I may for my workforce,’’ Skoog stated. “I knew he couldn’t throw his curveball (at 2-). He threw me a fastball earlier than and I needed to swing, however I needed to see a strike first. I knew if he threw me that pitch once more I used to be going to take a hack at it and attempt to hit it arduous someplace.’’
Skoog additionally was the successful pitcher. He allowed one run in his three innings of aid.
“He’s a gamer, he’s a winner,’’ Urbandale coach Jeremy Heinen stated. “Brock Skoog, unbelievable.’’
Lewis Central graduates six seniors: Figueroa, Hedrick, Mass, Joel Thompson, Reece Blay and Kyle Arrington.
“This senior group’s unbelievable, the issues that they’ve achieved for 4 years,’’ Toole stated. “A handful of them began as freshmen and a bigger group performed as sophomores. They stored us on the map. With out these seniors we wouldn’t be in this place.’’
Lewis Central (26-Eight) 002 000 001 – three Eight three
Urbandale (27-14) 101 000 002 – four 7 2
W: Brock Skoog. L: Max Duggan. 2B: LC, Alec Mass. U, Skoog. HR: U, Skoog ().