A Boone team that has consistently been in the rankings discussion visited Cadet Field as the heavy favorite Tuesday evening. But Iowa Falls-Alden Coach Brendon McNulty was hopeful that his team could learn some good lessons from facing such a strong team.
While his team fell behind early 5-0, McNulty was able to get three players some work on the mound during a 9-0 home loss. The Toreadors scored in each of the first four innings, but the Cadets continued to fight and did not allow a run over the final three frames. That is something the head coach hopes his team can build on.
"Non-conference game, we were definitely looking to get some guys on the mound that had not pitched for awhile. McKade (Eisentrager), I think it's been a week since he's gotten some work. Everyone gets in their bullpens, but you can't really replicate that from live-game action. We knew coming into the game that Boone hit the ball well and for the most part, we made the plays that needed to be made," McNulty said. They've got good hitters and it's tough to get down early by four and five runs."
Dylan Madden received the start for IF-A (5-9) and threw the first two innings. Boone (10-2) plated a pair in each of those frames to take a 4-0 lead. Gunnar Stalzer took the next two innings and allowed five runs, as the Toreadors were able to tally four extra-base hits during the first four innings. That total included three doubles and a solo home run.
Eisentrager had the most success on the mound, tossing three scoreless innings to end the game.
Offensively, IF-A's three hits were all singles. Those came from Eisentrager, Kyle Arends and Karson Sharar. Overall, the team could not string together many rallies.
"At first, I didn't think our attitudes were great but that improved as the game wore on. I was pleased that we didn't give in when it was 9-0 and they needed one run to end it early. We kept playing," McNulty said.