Regina Rally Not Enough in 6-4 Eight-Inning Loss to Cascade in District Semifinals

Regina Rally Not Enough in 6-4 Eight-Inning Loss to Cascade in District Semifinals

Ryan Murken

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DYERSVILLE – Tuesday’s district semifinal summed up the entire season in eight innings for Regina.

The Regals came close to winning over Cascade on Tuesday, but couldn’t pull off the victory.

Cascade (13-12) tied the score with a run in the top of the seventh inning, then scored three runs in the eighth inning to power to a 6-4 victory over Regina in a Class 2A, District 7 semifinal at Jenk Field in Dyersville Commercial Club Park.

It was the 12e season loss by two or fewer runs for Regina, ending the season at 14-19.

“We were close all season,” Regina coach Steve Pacha said. “All year we were one swing, one hit, one call, one bounce away.”

In his first at bat of the season, Cascade freshman Tanner Topping hit an RBI single to right-center on a 3-2 pitch to break a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning.

Senior Will Hosch followed with a two-run single to give Cascade a 6-3 lead and the Cougars held on to advance to the District 7 finals where they will face fifth-seeded Dyersville Beckman (18-10) on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Dyersville Beckman defeated Monticello 8-2 in the district semifinals on Tuesday.

“We got hit in the mouth first and we came back and did what we had to do,” Pacha said. “Unfortunately, there were a couple of bounces that didn’t go our way, a couple of calls that didn’t go our way and that’s when we sputtered.”

Regina recovered twice on Tuesday in an attempt to extend the season.

Cascade took a 2-0 lead with two runs in the second inning and Regina responded with a run in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Colin Baker.

Regina took a 3-2 lead for the first time in the game with two runs in the sixth inning.

Alex Paul led off the Regal sixth inning with a double down the left-field line and after a walk by Jack Clark and a sacrifice bunt by Connor Nicpon, senior Drew Streb hit a two-run single to left field.

“You have to let the seniors take the lead,” Pacha said. “Honestly, I think I’m most proud of those seniors.”

Cascade tied the score at one in the seventh inning when Cooper Hummel walked and pinch runner Topping scored on a balk.

Regina had runners on first and second with one out in the final inning, but Cascade freshman reliever Jackson Green got Jack Clark out and Nicpon to fly to right field to avoid the inning.

Topping, who entered the game as a runner for Hummell in the seventh inning, stayed in the game and made the decisive hit an inning later.

Regina staged another comeback in the eighth inning, loading the bases with one out thanks to singles by Drew Streb and Trey Streb and a walk for Hudson Koch.

However, Cascade sophomore Mick Hoffman threw two straight ground balls to end the game.

“That’s what I’m proud of, that’s the team baseball we’ve been working on, we’re never out of a game,” Pacha said. “We had to pass the baton and see what we could do.”

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