Rebels’ season ends in round two of playoffs

G-R succumbs to Don Bosco in second day of play

Ty Purdy put out the fire that Gladbrook-Reinbeck had started a night earlier.

The Don Bosco junior right-hander pitched 4 1/3 innings of relief to quell the Rebels and help the fifth-ranked Dons advance to the Class 1A District 7 baseball finals, beating G-R 11-10 in the Wednesday, July 6 completion of Tuesday night’s suspended game.

Wet weather forced Tuesday’s district semifinal in Traer to be delayed and eventually bumped back a day. Gladbrook-Reinbeck was leading 9-5 in the top of the fourth inning when the game was suspended.

Purdy, who got the final out on the mound in Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s nine-run third inning, picked up where he left off and mowed down the Rebels (20-14) from there. He allowed just one run on three hits and one walk over 4 1/3 innings for the win, striking out eight.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck rallied once in the top of the sixth to tie the score at 10-all, as Hudson Clark singled to start the inning and eventually scored on Nick Tscherter’s one-out single. Purdy retired the next two batters on strikes, and Don Bosco (22-5) scored the go-ahead run in the bottom half.

Landon Frost hit a one-out single and eventually scored when Dawson Youngblut was hit by a pitch with two outs and the bases loaded.

Purdy worked around Luke Riffey’s one-out single in the seventh to seal the victory.

Logan Giesking took the loss on the mound for G-R, pitching 2 1/3 innings in relief. Tscherter allowed five runs in three innings as the starter, and Ethan Gienger gave up five runs in the fourth before Giesking took over.

William Kiburis, Tscherter and Clark had two hits apiece to lead the Rebels in their season-ending defeat. Tscherter drove in two runs and Isaac Clark had a two-run single during G-R’s nine-run inning.