CEDAR RAPIDS – All Xavier Hitter of Cedar Rapids needed was a second look at Decorah’s starting mug.
After scoring just one two-inning hit against Decorah senior pitcher Jace Johnson, the senior Saints broke into Ken Charipar Monday night for seven runs and six hits in the third inning of a 9-4 win in a class baseball district final 3A from field.
“We just cleared it up, just saw him again, something like that,” said Xavier coach Dan Halter. ‘Credit her child. He threw a damn good game. He threw a lot of strokes, so we could attack early on the second round and just line up the ball this round. That was nice to see. ‘
Xavier (37-2) has won 24 games in a row and will host Charles City (18-16) in a final on Wednesday at 7pm. There the Saints win for the first time since 2013 for the state tournament.
“We just have to keep going and everyone has to do their job,” said Logan McDermott, junior pitcher at Xavier. “Just keep doing what we did.”
After Decorah took a 1-0 lead against Xavier in the third inning and started pitcher Braden Albert, McDermott took over the hill. He got the Saints out of an instant jam and threw the remainder of the competition up, scoring three runs and five hits with one walk and four strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.
McDermott (7-1) was the beneficiary of Xavier’s seven-time third inning, aided by three Decorah mistakes.
“It’s a lot easier to throw and throw when you know you’re six runs ahead,” said McDermott. “That helps a lot.”
Garrett Ries scored an RBI double and Quinn Schulte gave Xavier a triple with two runs in the third inning. After Decorah had reduced his deficit to 7-4, the Saints started some valuable insurance runs in the sixth inning with an RBI groundout from Nate Skala and Jaxson Konzens single.
Drake Shelton, Andrew Murphy and Kailer McCabe all competed in runs for Decorah, which ends its season at 4-5pm.
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CLASS 3A DISTRICT FINAL
At Ken Charipar Field
No. 1 Cedar Rapids Xavier 9, Decorah 4
Decorah 001 300 0-4 9 7
CR Xavier 007 002 X-9 9 1
Jace Johnson, Cael Luzum (5) and Drake Shelton. Braden Albert, Logan McDermott (3) and Garrett Ries. W – Logan McDermott (7-1); L –
Jace Johnson (3-6).
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Logan McDermott (18) from Cedar Rapids Xavier will play earlier this season. (Liz Martin / The Gazette)