The first round of the Boy’s State Baseball Tournament is complete.Unity Christian used a strong pitching performance to down Carlisle in the first night game in class 2A in Marshalltown. B.J. Hahn gave up only two runs on four hits as Unity Christian defeated Carlisle 12-2. Unity Christian broke the game open in the bottom of the 5th inning. They led 4-2, but scored six runs in sending twelve batters to the plate to collect seven walks and two hits.Eagle Grove got a sterling performance on the mound to down Hudson 5-1. Brett Jansen had perfect game going into the fourth inning, and a no-hitter with one out in the 6th inning, before giving up a base knock. Jansen says his teammates made the performance possible.The hot pitcher enjoyed the cool temperatures, as he says it’s been hot so far in all the games leading up to state.Eagle Grove coach Bruce Rholl says Jansen did what he asked of him. He says he threw real well for five innings and then started rushing a little. Rholl says he told him to slow his mechanics down and he did.Rholl says the possible no-hitter wasn’t a big distraction for Jansen, although he says the pitcher was relieved to get by it and get the win.Albia downed Westwood Sloan 2-1 in the second 2A game of the day. The low scoring game was surprising for Albia coach Boyd Brittain, who figured both teams would put up more runs.Brittain had trouble picking out a key moment, saying there are a lot in close ballgames, and he’s just glad to win.Joe Trinkle picked up the win for Albia in their first trip to state. He had six strikeouts in upping his record to 9-3. Trinkle wasn’t worried about the tight game as he says he’s been in close contests before.Westwood coach Dan Kell says mistakes cost them the game, he said going in that mistakes would be the key to the game.
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