Knights no-hit, 10-run Bulldogs

Published 8:51 am Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Lake Mills’ Drey LyBarger swings at a pitch Tuesday during the fourth inning of a 10-0 loss to Mason City Newman Catholic in Lake Mills. -- Andrew Dyrdal/Albert Lea Tribune

LAKE MILLS, Iowa — The Mason City Newman Catholic Knights continued its North Iowa Conference dominance Tuesday with a 10-0 win over the Lake Mills Bulldogs baseball team in Lake Mills.

Mason City Newman Catholic’s Hunter King (1) is congratulated at home plate Tuesday after hitting a two-run home run off Lake Mills’ pitcher Levi Dahle in the fifth inning. -- Andrew Dyrdal/Albert Lea Tribune

The Knights slugged five home runs, and pitcher Issac Gribben threw six perfect innings, allowing no hits while striking out 10. The win was the Knights 111th consecutive conference win and second shutout of the Bulldogs this season.

“This is just an example that Mason’s a good hitting team,” Bulldogs coach Jason Blaser said. “We were leaving them all over the plate, and they’re real patient and don’t swing at bad pitches. They make you make the perfect pitch over the course of the game and we just didn’t do that.”

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The No. 5-ranked Knights scored seven of its 10 runs on home runs, including two from Hunter King. He hit a two-run homer in the first inning and another in the fifth.

Meanwhile, every batter in the Bulldogs lineup finished 0-for-2.

The Bulldogs lost to the Knights 3-0 on June 17. In that game, the Bulldogs notched three hits.

“Last time we played good baseball,” Blaser said. “We didn’t get offensive production but at least had baserunners on.”

Levi Dahle earned the loss for the Bulldogs after allowing six earned runs through 4 1/3 innings. Dahle scattered seven hits, while walking two and striking out three.

The Bulldogs play again at 5:30 p.m. tonight at St. Ansgar.

Newman Catholic 10, Lake Mills 0

NC 300 142 — 10 13 0

LM 000 000 — 0 0 0

WP — Isaac Gribben 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 SO

LP — Levi Dahle 4.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO