CAL scores early, sends Trojans out of postseason

BELMOND – Two first-inning errors led to two unearned runs for CAL, and that’s all the Cadets needed to send Northeast Hamilton packing from the postseason here Tuesday evening.

CAL pitcher Austin Guerrero made the two-run lead hold up, as he tossed a complete-game six-hitter in a 2-1 win over the Trojans in a Class 1A District 4 quarterfinal.

NEH (3-18) received just as good a performance, if not better, on the mound from Nate Rapp. He allowed just four hits and fanned 10 in seven innings of work.

Rapp, Andy Pate, Nick Jeffers, Kyle Pruismann, Austin Smith and Garrett Grady all registered one hit in the loss. Jeffers laced the game’s only extra-base hit – a double.

Wes Wynkoop drove in the Trojans lone run when he was plunked by a Guerrero pitch in the fourth inning.

The loss marked the end of a long run for NEH, which will enter into a sharing agreement with Webster City in the fall.

“When it came down to being the last (game), to say it was hard would be an understatement,” NEH head coach Chace Pruismann, himself a member of the Class of 2003, said. “But to be able to play for the team and then to coach it has been one of the better accomplishments of my life.”