The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

High School Sports

June 3, 2014

Northeast goes on offensive early

WEST BRANCH — Northeast coach Tyler Howe gave his players a couple of days off, but the Rebels didn’t miss a beat when they stepped back on the baseball diamond Monday.

Northeast pounded out 15 hits in a 21-6 win against West Branch in River Valley Conference baseball. Ketzalli Dondiego drove in five runs, and Nick Wall added four RBIs.

“After giving the guys the weekend off, it was great to see the guys stay hot and come out on fire,” Howe said. “We had big nights from Charlie Marcucci, who went 4-for-5, as well as a big night for Ketzalli Dondiego with five RBIs which included a two-run home run.”

Northeast wasted no time getting the offense in gear. The Rebels (4-1, 3-1 conference) scored 10 runs in the top of the first inning.

Marucci led off the game with a bunt single, Nick Wall was hit by a pitch and Dondiego delivered a run-scoring single. A walk to Tevin Stoecker loaded the bases, then Michael Hartung hit a two-run single.

Northeast reloaded the bases when Matt Haferbier walked before everyone moved up on stolen bases. Another walk loaded the bases again, then Zach Parson, Marcucci and Wall hit successive RBI singles, with two runs scoring on Wall’s hit to make it 8-0. One out later, Stoecker capped the big inning with a two-run single.

Dondiego added a two-run single in the fourth, then hit his two-run homer in the fifth.

Big 4th sinks Indians

CAMANCHE — Durant-Bennett scored 10 runs in the top of the fourth inning to break open a tie game, and the Wildcats beat Camanche 14-4 in five innings Monday.

The Indians (2-4, 1-4 River Valley Conference) led early, scoring single runs in each of the first two innings. Durant went ahead with four runs in the third, only to see the Indians pull even with two in the bottom half of the inning.

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