Baseball: Cascade Slides Past Linn-Mar, 7-5

By Jun Endo (Story) and Scott Saville (Video), Reporters

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MARION, Iowa — Everything is going the right way for the Cascade baseball team this summer. And they’re in lock step about the reason.

“We stick with the process,” Cougars coach Roamn Hummel said Wednesday night following a 7-5 victory over Linn-Mar from the Mississippi Valley Conference.

The Class 2A third-ranked Cougars are 21-3 and on a 17-game winning streak.

“We’ve done nothing different from last year,” Hummel said. “The kids come wanting to win every day and every one of them is buying into the system.”

“We’re just doing the basics (and) throwing strikes,” senior Hunter Bergfeld said about the pitching staff.

“We have guys that throw pretty hard, but we are not about overwhelming guys. We use the defense behind us. It’s the key to winning.”

Bergfeld has pitched two no-hitters this season, one against Maquoketa Valley and the other against Starmont. He has yet to give up an earned run during his senior campaign.

Senior Austin Gehl said the team is looking for quality at-bats each time they go to the plate.

“We been hitting pretty well at the plate. We focus on the process and stick with our approach,” Gehl said.

The Cougars’ win over Class 4A Linn-Mar came at the Lions’ new baseball complex at the high school.

Junior Greg Myers was rewarded with the win, pitching a complete game and giving up five runs on eight hits and striking out two.

The game was tied 3-3 after three innings, but Lions pitcher Nicholas McCullough then gave up four runs, two coming on a home run by junior Ben Weber, and was charged with the loss.

Sophomore Derek Lieurance went 3-for-5 with a double and drove in two runs.

“I might sound like Coach (Hummel), but we believe in the process,” Bergfeld said.

The process is working.

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