CASCADE — The first five Cascade batters reached base and scored Saturday to start the Cougars on the way to a 10-0, five-inning victory against Northeast in the Class 2A District 8 baseball championship game.
Cascade (25-7), which split a regular-season doubleheader with the Rebels, will play Dyersville Beckman in the substate final Tuesday. Northeast closed the season with a 20-13 record.
The Cougars punished Northeast starter Axel Dondiego, who had shut them out on four hits earlier in the season. This time he didn't retire a batter.
Bryce Simon (3-for-4) led off the bottom of the first inning with a double and advanced to third on a single by Dilan Simon (3-for-4). After Dilan Simon stole second base, Gannon O'Brien walked to load the bases.
Dondiego then walked Ben Stecklein to force in a run, and Logan Otting followed with a two-run double. That ended the day for Dondiego.
Kyle Dell replaced Dondiego and retired the first two batters he faced, but both hit sacrifice flies to increase the advantage to 5-0.
Northeast, limited to six hits by Brock Simon, never could get back in the game.
The Rebels threatened in the third when a double by Dell gave them runners on second and third with one out. Dondiego reached third an inning later after drawing a leadoff walk.
Stecklein's bases-loaded triple highlighted a four-run fourth that all but insured the win for the Cougars. They finished it off an inning later on Bryce Simon's RBI single with no one out.
Dell and Jacob Reemtsma each had a pair of hits for Northeast. Andrey Drury and Todd Holdgrafer had the other hits.