Just two runs denied the Dyersville Whitehawks the title of their own tournament last week, when Bellevue won 8-6 in the title game of the 64th annual Dyersville Baseball Tournament on Aug. 9.
Bellevue took the early lead, in the bottom of the first inning. But the Whitehawks battled back, getting one of those back in the top of the third when Ian Ross drilled a solo home run.
The Whitehawks took the lead in the top of the next frame, 4-3, when pitcher Dave Schenck singled to open the inning. He scored on Aaron Becker’s triple. Next up was Matt Ungs who doubled to score Becker. Ungs tallied the final run.
Bellevue took control in the bottom of the sixth. Their leadoff batter reached with a single and back-to-back hits from the next two batters scored him. A sacrifice fly from Jake Schroeder scored both of the other batters. Three more singles from the next batters added the fourth run, giving Bellevue a 7-4 lead. They added an insurance run in the eighth.
The Whitehawks rallied in the top of the ninth, when Ben Zitelman walked to open the inning. Levi Lawrence repeated the walk advance and both scored on hits from Deke Wiggins and Ross. The score stood at 8-6, when the rally stalled.
Both teams stranded eight runners. Schenck took the loss for the Whitehawks, giving up eight runs on 13 hits. Cole Reeg began the game for Bellevue and got the win, giving up four runs on seven hits. Brad Boeckenstedt got the save, giving up three hits in the final four innings.
Both Ungs and Schenck went 2-for-4 for the Whitehawks.
In the consolation game that night, Farley topped Epworth 11-0. Bellevue’s Dave Smith was named MVP of the tournament.
Results from the earlier rounds of the tournament follow.
First round: Dyersville 15, Placid 0; Monticello 2, Worthington 1; Epworth 7, Peosta 3; Zwingle 10, Bernard 7; Bellevue 10, Balltown 6; Rickardsville 2, Dubuque 1; Cascade 11, East Dubuque 0; and Farley 2, Key West 1.
Quarterfinal round: Dyersville 4, Monticello 3; Epworth 4, Zwingle 3; Bellevue 3, Rickardsville 1; and Farley 8, Cascade 7 (11 innings).
Semifinal round: Dyersville 12, Epworth 6; and Bellevue 6, Farley 2.