The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

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July 7, 2014

No place like home for Rebels

GOOSE LAKE — Northeast made its debut on its new field a success as Michael Hartung and Ketzalli Dondiego pitched complete games against Easton Valley and Calamus-Wheatland in the Northeast baseball tournament Saturday.

“It was good to finally have a home game,” Northeast coach Tyler Howe said.

Construction delays on the field, which had to be moved because of the new gymnasium that is being built where the former stadium was, forced the Rebels (20-7) to play everything on the road until Saturday.

The Rebels opened with the 3-1 win against Easton Valley as Hartung scattered five hits, walked one and struck out nine batters. He threw 82 pitches, 58 for strikes.

“Hartung pitched a great game and helped himself with a couple of hits,” Howe said.

Northeast scored one run in each of three innings.

Zach Parson scored the only run that was needed as he singled with one out in the bottom of the first inning, moved to second on a groundout and scored on Dondiego’s double. Nick Bailey added an RBI single in the second, and Charlie Marcucci scored in the fifth on Parson’s groundout after hitting a one-out double and taking third on a passed ball.

Dondiego pitched the Rebels to the championship with a one-hitter in an 11-0 win against Calamus-Wheatland. He walked three, struck out five and threw 49 of his 76 pitches in the strike zone. Zach Poell’s single with one out in the fourth broke up the no-hit bid.

The Warriors advanced to the title game by beating Tipton 14-13, overcoming an 11-4 deficit after three innings with a four-run fifth and a sixth-run seventh.

Northeast broke out the bats in the win, scoring multiple runs in four different innings.

Dondiego helped himself with a run-scoring single in the bottom of the first, and the Rebels added a second run when Jack Murphy was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Murphy singled in a run in the third and then scored later in the inning when Charlie Marcucci was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

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