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End of the road for W-MU boys

Winfield-Mt. Union eliminated from district tournament by Notre Dame

Photo courtesy of Dana Royer

Dawson Bergthold throws a pitch during Winfield-Mt. Union’s district quarterfinal loss at Notre Dame on Saturday.
Photo courtesy of Dana Royer Dawson Bergthold throws a pitch during Winfield-Mt. Union’s district quarterfinal loss at Notre Dame on Saturday.
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BURLINGTON — Winfield-Mt. Union couldn’t pull the postseason upset against Notre Dame in Saturday’s district quarterfinal. THe Wolves failed to get a hit against the heavily-favored Nikes, losing 15-0 to end their 2019 season.

Notre Dame scored two runs in the first inning to take an early lead. They stretched their advantage to 13-0 after scoring six in the second and five in the third, and ended the game in four innings with a two-run bottom of the fourth.

Dawson Bergthold got the start for W-MU and went an inning and two-thirds. He gave up eight earned runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two Nikes. Jacob Ford came in to relieve Bergthold in the second inning. He ended up pitching an inning and a third, giving up seven earned runs on five hits and seven walks.

The Wolves did have a couple of baserunners despite getting no hits in the loss. Brody Barton finished 0-1 with a walk and a stolen base. Noah Sparrow went 0-0 with a walk. Ford went 0-1 with a walk, and Bergthold wend 0-2 with a stolen base.

W-MU went 1-23 on the season. Their lone win was a 13-7 victory against Louisa-Muscatine on June 10. W-MU dropped their last 16 games of the season.

The Wolves will lose just one senior from the 2019 team. Nick Davis played his last high school game, but W-MU will return eight of their nine postseason starters.

The Nikes moved on to the Class 1A District 8 semifinals tonight (Tuesday) in Burlington. The Nikes will host Pekin, who outlasted Keota 4-2 in their quarterfinal. The other district semifinal will be Iowa Mennonite vs. Highland. IMS beat New London 8-4 in the quarterfinals and Highland defeated Cardinal 8-4.