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1A State Baseball: Kee High hammers George-Little Rock 14-2 in 4 innings


The Kee Hawks scored in bunches and totaled 14 runs over the first five innings as they defeated the George-Little Rock Mustangs 14-2 in five innings Monday night in the Class 1A first round of the Iowa High School Baseball Tournament.

Kee wasted little time in scoring runs, plating three as the first four batters reached base in the top of the first. Jon Heiderscheit led off the game with a slow chopper to the right side of the infield and beat out the throw for an infield single. Cole Carroll followed with a sacrifice bunt attempt and chalked up another single for the Hawks as nobody was covering first base for George-Little Rock. Both runners would advance one base on a passed ball and the defense continued to struggle as a would-be sacrifice fly off the bat of Mike Burroughs was dropped by Mustangs' right fielder Judd Rosenboom, allowing Burroughs to reach base while Heiderschiet easily scored from third. Jalen Cooper then smacked a two-run double off the wall in right field to give Kee the 3-0 lead.

It would be Kee's turn for defensive errors that would allow George-Little Rock to score two runs in the bottom of the second. Austin Clark singled to start off the inning before Ethan Van Briesen grounded a potential double-play ball to second baseman Jordan Milton. Milton misplayed the ball, letting it roll between his legs and allowing the runners to be safe at first and second. Brandon De Boer gave the Mustangs its first run with an RBI-single to center field that scored Clark from second. Van Briesen also raced home on the play after Hawks' center fielder Carroll missed the pickup on his first attempt to bring George-Little Rock within one run at 3-2.

The Hawks would expand its lead by five runs after another key error by the Mustangs in the top of the third. With one on and one out, three straight batters reached base after a fielder's choice and two singles to load the bases. Milton came up to the plate and hit a soft ground ball back to pitcher Taylor Klingenberg who immediately decided to get the force out at home plate. Klingenberg's throw home was errant and sailed past the catcher all the way to the backstop allowing one run to score. Heiderscheit did the most damage in the inning, crushing a three-run triple to the gap in right-center field. Carroll added an RBI-groundout to cap the scoring rally and put Kee up big at 8-2.

The top of the fifth inning would prove to be the final one of the game as Kee put up six runs, forcing the ten-run rule to come into effect after the Hawks retired the Mustangs in the bottom half. Tanner Walleser came through with a two-run single and Luke Gavin added a two-run triple for Kee.

Heiderscheit (13-2) picked up the win for Kee. He threw four innings, gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and struck out five.

Kligenberg (8-3) was charged with the loss. He gave up 14 runs (six earned) on 12 hits, walked five and struck out seven over five innings.

The third-ranked and three-seed Hawks advance to the second round and will play the winner of Newman Catholic on Thursday.

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