Des Moines — On one of the grandest stages in Iowa baseball Tuesday afternoon, the Twin Cedars Sabers moved up a class and defeated one of the toughest teams in high school ball.
The Van Meter Bulldogs were the first to get on the board in the top of the second on an RBI double. This would be the only time the previously undefeated Bulldogs would be able to cross the plate at Principal Park.
By the end of the second inning, Twin Cedars pitcher Coy Moore had already racked up four strikeouts. He finished the game with eight.
The Sabers struggled at the plate in the early going. Otis Roby sent a shot to left in the bottom of the first to account for Twin Cedars' only hit of the first two innings. Van Meter pitcher Logan Crawford was having a good day on the mound. Several TC batters showed a great deal of power and sent many balls into the outfield, with enough hangtime to allow Van Meter fielders to catch up with them.
In the bottom of the third, Moore was able to draw a walk. Garrett Pettyjohn laid a successful sacrifice bunt to get Moore to second. Roby found the gap between the shortstop and third basemen to drive Moore in to tie the game at 1.
The Sabers' best offensive inning of the game was the bottom of the fifth. Collin Still drove a single past the second basemen for a leadoff single. Trace Embray followed that with a squeeze that confounded the Bulldogs and put two runners on base. Moore advanced both runners with a bunt of his own before Pettyjohn found another gap in right that sent Still across the plate and the Sabers up, 2-1. Roby reached again on a fielder's choice, while simultaneously sending Embray across the plate for the third Twin Cedars run.