WISNER - You could feel the heat, literally, at River Park as the co-op of Dannebrog-Cairo-Boelus met Syracuse Post 100 in an elimination game at the Class C state tournament Tuesday night.

Temperatures sat at 99 degrees at first pitch with the feels like temperature at 107 degrees as players and fans battled the scorching weather throughout the game. The stakes were high as each team was playing for its season, and the game was as good as sitting in the shade on a hot day as DCB held on for a 3-1 win to advance to the state championship game Wednesday against Malcolm. 

DCB trotted out southpaw Tanner Simdorn to the mound and he was dynamite all night long scattering 7 hits while striking out 10 in six innings of work on 105 pitches. 

Syracuse threw tall right-hander Jase Voorhees and the two pitchers matched scoreless innings over the first two stanzas, although Voorhees had to work harder, getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the first while stranding two men in the second. 

But Voorhees couldn't escape trouble in the third as DCB struck for three runs thanks to three singles and an error. Simdorn delivered an RBI single and Nolan Hurt drove in two more on a two-out single to get the scoring started. Voorhees would give way to Braden Lafollette in the fourth, striking out five on 75 pitches over his three innings with the three runs allowed.

Simdorn continued to work around a few hits each inning to keep the game at 3-0. Syracuse had numerous chances in every inning after the first to score, but Simdorn found a way to escape almost each and every time.

In the fourth, with runners at second and third with one out, courtesy runner Connor Thompson was thrown out at the plate while trying to score on a groundball to short with the infield in for the second out. Simdorn then got a strikeout of Barrett Bischoff to get out of the inning. 

But perhaps the best scoring chance wasted by Syracuse came in the fifth after back-to-back singles to start the inning. DCB catcher Bryce Gorecki saw runner Tyler Sears was getting too far off the bag at second and fired a strike to shortstop Carter Noakes to back pick Sears for the first out. 

After a strikeout, Griffin Goering delivered an RBI double down the left field line, getting Syracuse on the board to make it 3-1, but Simdorn escaped with no further damage. It was the theme of the game as Syracuse put at least one base runner aboard over the game's final six innings, but the timely hits never came as it stranded nine men on base and four in scoring position.

Lafollette did his part on the mound, throwing a terrific game in relief allowing no runs and just three hits, but the base running mistakes proved costly and too much to overcome for Syracuse as it fell just a game short of a state championship game appearance on a sweltering night at the ballpark. 

Goering and Robert Shanks each had two hits for Syracuse while Hurt powered the DCB offense going 2-4 with two RBIs out of the eighth spot in the lineup. 

DCB will play Malcolm at 5:00 p.m. in the state championship game needing to win twice to claim the title. A second game would follow immediately if DCB wins game one. 

 

Box Score:

DCB: 0, 0, 3, 0, 0, 0, 0...3, 6, 0, 11

Syracuse: 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0...1, 8, 4, 9

WP: Tanner Simdorn

LP: Jase Voorhees

SV: Kellen Fries