2012 Iowa Conference champions
FORT MEYERS, FLA.—Racking up four runs in the first inning, the Central College baseball team cruised to a 6-5 win over Heidelberg (Ohio) Friday.
The Dutch (2-0 overall) rapped out 10 hits, including two by shortstop Robbie Rushing (junior, West Des Moines, Valley HS) and first baseman Seth Carson (senior, Woodridge, Ill., Downers Grove South HS). Rushing and Carson each scored one run and Rushing had an RBI with a single. Designated hitter Zach Zylstra (sophomore, Pella, Pella Christian HS) also had a first-inning RBI. Centerfielder Sam Stetzel (senior, Perry), third baseman Jordan Judkins (junior, Marshalltown) and second baseman Adam Ariola (junior, Bloomington, Ill., Normal HS) all had one run. Ariola had three RBIs and Zylstra added two RBIs.
“The first inning was a great start to the game,” said coach Adam Stevens. “We came out right away and started swinging. It set the tone for the rest of the game.”
After Central jumped ahead in the first, Heidelberg (5-1) responded with one run in the third. Central fired back scoring two more runs in the third. Heidelberg added three runs at the top of the sixth, but the Dutch held onto the lead for the remainder of the game.
Meanwhile, starting pitcher Ryan Dusil (junior, Cedar Rapids, Kennedy HS) earned the win, only allowing seven hits and four earned runs in five innings. Pitcher Michael Jontz (senior, West Des Moines, Valley HS) gave up one run and had one strikeout in 2.2 innings. Jontz also scored one run.
“Ryan did a fantastic job keeping Heidelberg off balance,” Stevens said. “He was great in the middle of the game when we really needed him.”
Central has no time to rest while on its spring break trip, playing Newbury (Mass.) in a seven-inning doubleheader Saturday in Fort Meyers, Fla. at 9 a.m. (ET).
“I like how we competed the past two days,” said Stevens. “It says a lot about the team that we can be. It was a great win and we look forward to competing again tomorrow.”