ST. MARYS — The first season of the Tyler Peterson era at Orient-Macksburg came to an end here Tuesday in a 10-0 loss in five innings to host Martensdale-St. Marys in a Class 1A District 13 opener.
The eighth-ranked Blue Devils scored in every inning, eventually getting the win on a wild pitch to end the game on the 10-run mercy rule in the fifth inning.
Orient-Macksburg finished its season with a mark of 8-13 in Peterson’s first year as head coach.
“Really great,” senior Chantz Davidson said about Peterson’s first year as head coach. “Of course we all miss coach (Luis) Cruz, but coach Peterson did a great job filling in. He took command really well. By the time we were done, it was a great relationship with the coach. I know he’ll have success with the teams in the future.”
After freshman catcher Jackson Mikkelsen rapped a two-out double off the left field fence in the top of the first inning, the Bulldog bats went quiet.
Martensdale-St. Marys starter Dylan Gibson retired nine in a row after Mikkelsen’s double, until Davidson hit a single up the middle in the top of the fourth inning.
But those were the only two hits allowed by the Blue Devil pitchers. Gibson went four innings with five strikeouts and no walks. Tanner Foster pitched the final inning, striking out all three batters he faced.
On the other side, Orient-Macksburg junior Jordan Thompson gave up 10 runs on 10 hits, striking out three. He also walked two batters intentionally and hit three batters.
But Thompson battled in the early innings, working out of jams in the first and second innings.
“Basically, just wanted to get ahead and I knew they were first pitch, pretty aggressive hitters,” Thompson said. “They spread it everywhere.”
The Blue Devils struck for three runs in the third inning and two more in the fourth and fifth innings to get to the 10-0 lead.
“It’s always tough when you draw a team like this first round,” Davidson said. “I felt like we did a good job of handling all the pressure. Everybody kind of gets a little bit excited when you play a team like Martensdale.”
Davidson was the lone senior on Orient-Macksburg’s team. Even in a loss, he said ending his career with a hit against Martensdale-St. Marys was a good way to go out.
“Feels nice to get that last hit with all these guys,” he said. “It was a great season, great career. Just wish the best for all of them in the years coming.”
And with everyone on the roster set to return next year with the exception of Davidson, the Bulldogs have a promising future.
“All the younger guys coming up, getting some experience under their belts now,” Davidson said. “By the time those guys are going to be seniors, they’re going to be a pretty tough ball club. I’m excited to see it.”
Martensdale-St. Marys advances to a district semifinal matchup here Thursday against Pride of Iowa Conference opponent Nodaway Valley, which was a 7-2 winner over Iowa Christian Academy on Tuesday (see related story).
The Blue Devils and Wolverines square off at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Martensdale-St. Marys 10, Orient-Macksburg 0
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O-M 000 00 — 0 2 3
MSM 123 22 — 10 10 0
O-M: Jordan Thompson 2BB 3HBP 3K and Jackson Mikkelsen. MSM: Dylan Gibson 0BB 5K, Tanner Foster 0BB 3K and Luke Anctil. W — Gibson. L— Thompson. HR — none. 3B — none. 2B — O-M: Mikkelsen 1. MSM: Anctil 1. RBI — MSM: Anctil 2, Eddy Kraber 2, Noah Catron 1, Connor Olson 1. Multiple hitters — MSM: Anctil 4, Foster 2, Alex Kim 2.