TREYNOR — A flurry of runs late by Treynor ended East Mills’ baseball season with a 14-2 loss in five innings Thursday night in the Class 1A, District 16 semifinals at Treynor High School.
Treynor scored 10 runs in the last two innings, including six in the fifth, to win the game via the 10-run rule.
“They’re a good team,” East Mills Coach Cole Buchholz said after the game. “They hit the ball one through nine and everybody can hit.”
Treynor (28-4) was able to get Wolverine starter Charlie Ruff early and often before giving way to freshman Kyle Ryun for the last 2/3 of an inning.
East Mills, as the home team, had an opportunity in the bottom of the fifth to score a few runs to keep their season alive, even if only for a few innings but after getting runners to second and third, David Howell was caught looking on a called third strike to end the game and the Wolverines’ season.
East Mills (10-11 overall, 9-5 conference) had jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a RBI groundout by Daniel Duysen that scored lead-off hitter Luke Schafer.
Ruff had his best inning in the first as he was able to retire the side, after a lead-off walk was caught stealing.
“We scouted them one time and knew they liked to take the first pitch,” Buchholz said. “But Charlie, after the first inning, he could not find the strike zone after the first pitch.”
Treynor responded in the top of the second by scoring three runs thanks to a pair of RBI singles and a passed ball. Treynor added a run in the third inning to make their lead 4-1.
East Mills scored their final run in the bottom of the fourth when a bad throw on a grounder by Colden Hiller scored David Howell. East Mills trailed 8-2.
Schafer, Ruff and Duysen played their final game for East Mills. Buchholz said his three seniors have done all he’s asked of them this season
“Those three seniors compete in everything they do and work hard in everything,” he said. “They just showed the younger guys how work ethic is supposed to be.”
Buchholz hopes his younger players can spend time outside to work on their game.
“You can’t come May 1 and just expect to start playing baseball,” he said. “You have to work in the offseason.”
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Freshman pitcher Kyle Ryun was dominant for East Mills in a 7-4 Class 1A, District 16 opening round over Fremont-Mills in Treynor last Tuesday.
Ryun tossed a gem for the Wolverines (10-10 overall, 9-5 in the Corner Conference) scattering three hits and one earned run in the complete-game victory.
“Since Kyle is a freshman, I was a little anxious and nervous to see how he would handle starting in a district game with so little varsity pitching experience,” said East Mills coach Cole Buchholz. “In fact June 21st he threw his first ever in varsity. About 20 days later, he throws a the hitter in the opening round district game. It's a crazy game and you just have to keep grinding it out. “
Ryun struck out three, walked one and hit one batter.
“I was hoping to get three or so innings out of him to hold off throwing (Charlie) Ruff, but I realize you have to win now if you want to play another day,” Buchholz added.
Offensively Daniel Duysen went 3-for44 with a run and a stolen base.
Charlie Ruff went 1-for-4 with two RBIs.
Colby Jennings and Colden Hillyer each added a hit.