EBF needed every one of Bambrook’s strikeouts to hold off a late Charger rally. Chariton cut its second 5-1 deficit of the day down to 5-4 thanks to a long solo home run to center by Austin Peterson in the sixth inning and a sustained seventh inning rally that put the Chargers within a base hit of what would have been their one and only lead of the entire day.
In a month that will end with teams playing for state championships in Des Moines, there was certainly plenty of postseason-style drama out on the field for the second day of July.
“I was out there shaking it was so intense,” Rocket second baseman Jeren Glosser said after leading EBF with five hits, including a game-two RBI single that capped a three-run first inning. “We decided coming in that we were going to put the ball in play. It works. We were going to be aggressive right from the start and put some runs on the board to win a conference title.”
Once the final out was recorded, the Rockets exploded out of the dugout in celebration of regaining a share of the conference lead. EBF scored its most impressive pair of wins at the right time of the season, responding to one of their more disappointing pair of losses last Thursday in Albia.
“We kind of had a little meeting before this weekend and the Grinnell Tournament and we got some things ironed out,” EBF head coach Rod Ashman said. “The guys knew we had to get two wins here to give ourselves a chance to win the conference title. If we can keep winning, that’s what’s got to happen to earn a championship and the guys were fired right up right from the start.”