East Mills eliminated by Tri-Center

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 COUNCIL BLUFFS — After taking the lead early, the East Mills Wolverines fell short of knocking off Tri-Center when they lost 4-2 last Tuesday in the 1A district quarterfinals at St. Albert High School.

East Mills got on the board early with a run to take a 1-0 lead.

The difference in the game was the third inning when Tri-Center scored four runs to take a 4-1 lead. East Mills tacked on a run in the seventh inning, but it wasn’t enough, as the Trojans held on to get the victory.

East Mills was held to four hits in the game.

Matt Glockel had a double, an RBI and two walks as he went 1-for-1.

Keegan Wederquist, Kameron Wederquist and Daniel Smith all went 1-for-3. Kameron Wederquist scored the other run for the Wolverines.

The Wolverines finish the season with a 7-10 record.

East Mills got off to a very rough start, going 1-7 in its first eight games. Their only win during that time came when they defeated Stanton 11-10 June 1.

They got their season back on track with a doubleheader sweep of Clarinda Academy June 23. The Wolverines went 6-3 in their final nine games, including last Tuesday’s district tournament loss.

East Mills will lose four seniors from this season’s team, including Keegan Wederquist, Kyle Ryun, Logan Currin and Grant Lewis.

Wederquist was one of the top hitters for East Mills. He finished his senior season with a .443 batting average and a .993 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage). Wederquist had 27 hits with 22 RBIs and 10 runs scored.

Ryun was second on the team in batting average (.439) and led the team in on-base (.522), slugging percentage (.579) and runs scored (20).

Currin had a .305 batting average for the Wolverines with 22 runs scored and 22 RBIs. Currin’s speed on the base paths helped the Wolverines, as he was 23-for-23 in stolen base opportunities this season. On the mound, Currin went 1-5 with a 3.50 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 38 innings pitched.

Lewis meanwhile had a .463 on-base percentage in 28 at-bats for East Mills this season.

The Wolverines will have several key players back for next season, including Matt Glockel. As a sophomore, Glockel had a .346 batting average and .519 slugging percentage. He had 18 hits and seven extra base hits, as well as 20 runs batted in.

Daniel Smith, Kameron Wederquist, Dylan Schroeder and Weston Copperstone will also be back for the next season.

Tri-Center lost 11-1 to St. Albert in the district semifinals.