D-G-F pushes scoreless streak to 29 innings, sweeps doubleheader
DILWORTH—The motto for the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton's baseball team is don't be satisfied. After 11-0 and 10-0 wins in five innings each in a doubleheader with Frazee on Thursday, April 21, there was no satisfaction.
His team has shut out everyone, with 29 straight scoreless innings in the 5-0 start, but Bill Ibach is not satisfied with the No. 6-ranked Rebels.
"There's a lot of things we can work on," Ibach said. "We could have better at-bats at times. Some of the things have come easy. We want to get better. We know we need to be playing better when it's (section playoff) time. We got some things we could do better."
There wasn't much more the Rebels could have done better Thursday.
The pitching gave up four hits, and the Rebel offense pounded out 21 hits in the two games.
"Strikes, keep it low in the zone and keep the batters on their toes," D-G-F catcher Tyler Oberg said of the start to the season for the pitching staff. "It feels good. The work we put in we're getting out. It's just fun."
Oberg constantly hears about his warning-track power. In the bottom of the third of Game 1, he hit a ball that went off the top of the fence for a double that plated a run. Shouts from his teammates suggested he should hit the weight room a little more.
Apparently, he hit the weight room before Game 2, as he hit a towering three-run homer to put D-G-F up 9-0.
As for what he said to the team, after the homer, Oberg is going to keep that to himself.
"They were not good words," Oberg said. "I hit the fence a lot, so the joke is I just have warning-track power, and I hit the top of the fence in Game 1."
The closest Frazee came to cracking the scoreless-inning streak for D-G-F was in the bottom of the second of Game 2. The Hornets got runners on second and third with two out thanks to a couple singles and a wild pitch, but Cole Tahran got a groundout, and the scoreless streak continued.
Tahran had no fear.
"I knew if the ball was put in play my defense would help me out," Tahran said. "It's kind of a competition between us pitchers. We have fun with it. My defense keeps me relaxed out there. You don't have to feel stress. We're a pretty confident team, but we know we need to pick it up a little bit."
Despite a one-hitter from Gunnar Payne, a three-hitter from Tahran, five RBIs from Blake Kragnes and seven RBIs from Oberg, the Rebels couldn't find no satisfaction Thursday.
"We've just been kind of lucky in a lot of ways," Ibach said. "We've played good defense, but we've had a lot of things go our way. I'm more impressed by our bats. To get 13 hits (in Game 2) against not terrible pitching is really good."
F 000 00—0 1 2
D-G-F 065 0x—11 8 0
Payne and Oberg. Endersby and Nguyen. W—Payne. L—Endersby.
D-G-F 324 01—10 13 0
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Tahran and Oberg. Hoffmann, Bakkila (5) and Nguyen. W—Tahran. L—Hoffman. HR—Oberg.