(Glenwood) Harlan never trailed in their 7-1 sub-state final win over Glenwood Wednesday night. The Cyclones punched their ticket to Principal Park for the third straight year with the win.
Harlan got rolling right away when two hit batters and a walk loaded the bases with nobody out in the first inning. Glenwood limited the damage by turning a double play and enducing a flyout, but one run came in on the double play ball to give Harlan a 1-0 lead. From there, Harlan would add to it with a five runs on four hits in the 2nd fram to lead 6-0 early on. In that 2nd inning it was Nick Tarney leading off with a walk followed by a Nick Kaufman single. Cale Stork then bunted the runners over for Adam Juhl who delivered an RBI single. After a Nate Gettys pop-up, Dillon Sears drew a two out walk to load the bases for senior Jake Daeges. Daeges came through in a big way by driving in two runs on a base hit to give Harlan a 4-0 edge. Dillon Sears would score on an error in the inning and Daeges also crossed the plate, on a Derek Leinen single, to make it 6-0 Cylcones through 2.
Glenwood's lone run came in the top of the third inning when Tyler Jensen, who reached on a fielder's choice, advanced to third base on a Brady Wheeler single, and scored on a groundout by Cory Bertini. The 6-1 score held all the way until the 6th inning when Harlan added one more run to make the score 7-1. Glenwood went down in order in the 6th and the 7th as David Ratigan polished off a gem on the mound for Harlan. The senior ace allowed only four hits and one walk over seven innings.
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Harlan moves on to the state baseball tournament with a 28-7 overall mark. They'll play Dallas Center-Grimes in round one. Glenwood sees Harlan end their season for the third straight year, including twice in sub-state, and the Rams finish at 27-9.
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