The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

High School Sports

June 19, 2013

Rebels win wild walk-off in extras

GOOSE LAKE -- In a game where scoring runs seemed unfathomable, Michael Hartung found himself with an improbable chance to seal victory for Northeast.

Setting him up was an errant throw by Maquoketa allowing Cole Dickey to reach second base; a towering Jared Henfrey pop-up that should’ve brought Northeast one out closer to defeat, but instead got caught in the lights, blinding Cardinals right fielder Alex Gillmore and landed two yards away.

The scenario put runners on second and third base (Dickey and Henfrey were replaced with pinch runners Trey Sullivan and Jack Murphy) with one out in the eighth inning of a 3-2 game. Dickey, Northeast’s starting pitcher, had done everything from the mound to keep it winnable, pitching a complete game -- and then some. For that matter, so had Maquoketa’s Alex Becker, who capped off six scoreless innings with nine strikeouts before bowing out.

The Rebels let up two runs in the seventh inning, both on errors. They battled back to force extras, but then let another run in the top of the eighth on Tyler Regan’s one-out RBI base hit, scoring Cardinals teammate Josh Kirk from second.

The game closed with a share of ups and downs, and just one good Hartung swing was all a hushed Goose Lake audience could beg for.

Hartung smoked a grounder right to second baseman Christian Flanker. It dribbled casually, then sprung high above the fielder’s glove -- hardly surprising given the last two, error-filled innings complete with numerous seeing-eye grounders.

Murphy and Sullivan rounded the bags, with Sullivan beating out the throw home, to put up two scores in a comeback, wild walk-off finish that sent Rebels fans into euphoria.

“As soon as it came off the bat, I didn’t think it was going to be anything,” Hartung said. “I was just trying to hit the ball hard. It was crazy, just so intense. It feels awesome.”

Text Only
High School Sports
  • Evers: For love of the green CLINTON - Conner Evers calls The Oaks Golf Course his home. There isn't a day where Evers won't visit the golf course on the city's west side. "I spend a lot of time here," Evers said with a laugh. "This is my second home. I love golf, and there's no

    April 24, 2014

  • 4-24-14 1B-photo, Ladehoff signs CCC right for Ladehoff DEWITT - Joe Shovlain says Clinton Community College has a great selling point: opportunity. For Central DeWitt senior Ellie Ladehoff, there was another key factor in her decision to attend the school. Ladehoff, who joined 11 of her classmates on sta

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • 4-24-14 1B-Photo, Drake story Youngsters take on oval

    CLINTON -- One of the biggest track meets in the nation begins today, and the youngsters will kick off the event at Drake University in Des Moines. The high school portion of the Drake Relays begins at 3 p.m. with the field events, and Clinton senior

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Schreiber wins dual; Coppess 2nd at tri BETTENDORF -- To be the best, you have to beat the best. Brittany Coppess came close to doing that Tuesday at Hidden Hills Golf Course in a triangular meet between North Scott, Clinton and Pleasant Valley. Coppess finished with a nine-hole 42, 5 over

    April 23, 2014

  • 4-23-14 1B-photo, ethan jones Jones has eyes set on prize FULTON, Ill. -- Ethan Jones has all the confidence that he can become the Three Rivers Conference Player of the Year in baseball. "I just need to work hard, show up everyday and just play the best that I can every game so I can help my team win," Jo

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lancers blank Queens, Kings CLINTON -- Chloe Gottschalk scored a hat trick to lead North Scott past Clinton 7-0 in girls soccer Tuesday night. Gina Matthys added a pair of goals, while Lindsay Gallens and Olivia Schmidt scored once apiece. Abby Nass played all 80 minutes in goa

    April 23, 2014

  • 4-23-14 1B or 3B-Photo, Gateway B race Kings kick off big week at Gateway CLINTON -- It's not quite the state meet in terms of importance, but this week is right up there for the Clinton boys track and field team. Seniors Deshond Robinson and Nathan Harden were in top form Tuesday as they tuned up for the Drake Relays by h

    April 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • Welcome-back win CLINTON -- Scoring in every event, the Camanche boys track and field team presented coach Mark Metzger with a terrific "welcome back" gift Tuesday evening. The Indians piled up 171 points to win the Class B portion of the 94th annual Gateway Classic

    April 23, 2014

  • 4-22-14 2B-Photo, Fulton baseball Morrison wins twinbill at Fulton FULTON, Ill. -- As Fulton baseball coach Kyle Miller put it after losing both games to Morrison on Monday, the losses were tough to swallow, but all the Steamers could do afterward was tip their hats toward the Mustangs. Morrison won 1-0, then 11-4

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Irish's Evers second CLINTON -- Conner Evers pulled out his go-to motivation when struggling on the golf course. Not anything in his bag particularly, but a small booklet of pick-me-up quotes. He picked the right one, because Evers, a junior for Prince of Peace, finished

    April 22, 2014

Sports Updates
Facebook