Simon Krenk of the David City American Legion Seniors baseball team unleashed his inner Babe Ruth pitching pitching 4 and 2/3 innings and going 4 for 4 with three RBIs in a game against Malcolm on June 25.
While on the mound, he gave up three runs on six hits, walking three batters and striking out one.
David City won 9-4 after Joseph Reimers closed the game with three straight strikeouts in relief.
"I was seeing everything," Krenk said. "It looked like a beach ball coming in there. I jumped on everything I saw and I didn’t want to wait for two strikes. We had a couple errors, otherwise the team played well. We got the hits going and got good fielding behind me. It was a really good game overall. I felt loose. I just try to put it in the strike zone and let my fielders do the work for me."
After holding Malcolm scoreless in the top of the first, Andy Lyons got the bats going for David City with a leadoff single.
Krenk's first single scored Lyons.
Reimers proceeded to double to left field to score another run before Nolan Hartman hit a sacrifice fly to put David City up 3-0.
Malcolm got one back after three singles and a walk in the second.
David City struck again in the bottom of the fourth. After two walks and a Lyons single, Reimers pushed him across the plate.
Krenk then drove in his second run of the day to take a 5-1 lead. Kyle Napier scored on a passed ball in the next at bat.
Malcolm mounted a mini rally in the fifth, closing the gap to 6-4 off of a home run, a single, two hit batters, a walk and an error.
Hartman scored again in the bottom of the fifth after being walked, stealing second and reaching third on a ground ball.
After a Lyons single to left field, Reimers and Krenk both drove in runs again, in the bottom of the sixth to make it 9-4.
David City out hit Malcolm 9-8.
Hartman also had some time on the mound, pitching 1 and 1/3 innings, allowing no runs on two hits while striking out three.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net