G-R baseball patient in win over Spartans (PHOTOS)

Grundy Center's Cale Hendricks prepares to fire a pitch during last Wednesday's game in Grundy Center against Gladbrook-Reinbeck. (Jake Ryder photo)

GRUNDY CENTER – Tyler Tscherter kickstarted Gladbrook-Reinbeck baseball's offense and the defense made enough plays to hold Grundy Center in a 9-1 Rebel victory at the George Wilhelm Sports Complex.

  

Tscherter finished with five RBI, including a two-run home run in the third inning that broke a scoreless tie. The G-R junior also struck out seven with four walks and no earned runs on five hits.

  

The Rebels salted the game away with four runs in the seventh inning and Ethan Gienger came in for two outs of relief to finish off the Spartans. William Kiburis, Jackson Kiburis, Kale Hasselmann and Cody Gebel knocked in one RBI each.

  

"We need to take advantage of every time Tyler gets to pitch," G-R head coach Scott Kiburis said. "The strike zone was tight for both teams and I thought we were patient at the plate knowing that and we scratched enough walks together, Tyler got a couple more RBI, and that made us more comfortable."

  

Grundy Center had eight left on base in Wednesday's game, including a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the sixth inning, when the score was just 5-1 in favor of the Rebels, which Tscherter was able to escape.

  

"Tscherter's a phenomenal baseball player that killed us with the bat and pitched well," Grundy Center coach Pat Brown said. "But we told the guys after the first round through that he doesn't wear a cape, he doesn't have superpowers. We stood in there and put the ball in play and up until that last inning I felt like we were still in the ballgame."

 

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