TRIPOLI - Southpaw Karter Schult, a University of Northern Iowa football recruit, was simply overpowering on the bump here Friday evening, as the Northeast Hamilton baseball lineup can attest.
Schult, a senior, struck out 17 Trojan batters en route to a complete-game shutout victory. Tripoli scored early and never let up to take the Iowa Star Conference contest, 7-0.
"Schult is a really good (Class) 1A pitcher and we were just overpowered," NEH head coach Brandon Kelley said. "We started seven freshmen and they were just really overpowered."
Marcus Mechaelsen roped a double and Stephen Chamness had a single to account for the Trojans' two hits off Schult.
Mechaelsen limited Tripoli to just six hits, and he fanned six. But NEH committed six errors, which led to five unearned runs.
Shane Bucholz went 3-for-3 with two RBIs for the Panthers. Schult had a double and plated two runs as well.
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Marcus Mechaelsen and Gabe Rapp. Karter Schult and Dan Asmus. W-Schult. L-Mechaelsen. 2B-NEH: Mechaelsen; TRIP: Ty Bergmann (2), Schult.
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Kyle Leksell, Mark Frohwein (1), Austin Smith (2) and Jacob Ratzke. Josh Hoover, Ryan Prochaska (2) and Justin Borkowski, Hoover (2). W-Prochaska. L-Leksell. RBI-NEH: Marcus Mechaelsen.
NEH falls to Cadets
IOWA FALLS - Iowa Falls-Alden took advantage of three inexperienced pitchers to score six runs in the first inning, two in the second and eight in the third in a 16-2, 5-inning rout of Northeast Hamilton during Saturday's Times-Citizen Classic.
Kyle Leksell got the start on the hill for the Trojans (3-13); he was relieved by Mark Frohwein and Austin Smith. They combined to surrender eight hits.
"(Playing IF-A) probably wasn't the best thing for us, but it gives the younger guys one more game to get some experience against a quality team," Brandon Kelley said.
NEH had just two hits - singles by Stephen Chamness and Gabe Rapp. Marcus Mechaelsen drove in one of the Trojans' two fourth-inning runs.
NEH was trailing AGWSR Ackley 14-4 in the second inning of the consolation game when the skies opened up and washed out the remainder of the tournament.
"It was like we talked about after the game, maybe this will cleanse us from all of our errors," Kelley said. "Now we've got everybody back and we've got nine games left in the regular season, and for the most part all nine are winnable. So hopefully we can put a little run together."
The Trojans will return to their home diamond in Blairsburg today to host Clarksville at 5 p.m.