DALLAS CENTER, Ia.
As a high school freshman, Mike Foggia watched from the stands as Dallas Center-Grimes racked up a school-record 27 wins.
On Friday, he was a part of school history.
Foggia’s single gave top-ranked Dallas Center-Grimes a 1-0, eight-inning win over visiting Bondurant-Farrar.
The victory was a school-record 28th win for the Mustangs.
“I always thought we had a shot at going to state and possibly winning it,” Foggia said. “I never thought we’d get a school record for wins.”
Dallas Center-Grimes (28-2), the top-ranked team in Class 3-A, has won 15 straight games this season and cruised to the Raccoon River Conference crown with a 17-0 record. Their new record broke a school record set by the 2010 squad.
Foggia, now a junior, watched in the stands as a high school freshman as the Mustangs finished the historic season short of a state tournament appearance with a loss in substate.
“I just remember that we couldn’t finish,” Foggia said. “We got to the substate final and kind of choked.”
Mustangs starter Tyler Peyton was the one dealing and delivering, tossing seven shutout innings while striking out 13 Bondurant-Farrar hitters. The lone hit the right-hander allowed was a first-inning comebacker that bounced off his glove.
He departed after the seventh and took the no-decision when Foggia laced the game-winning hit.
“As long as we win, I could care less,” Peyton said.
Peyton highlighted two strong pitching performances. Bondurant-Farrar righty Austin Meyer was nearly as good with seven shutout innings in a no-decision.
“It’s very disappointing,” Meyer said. “We played really well but sometimes we just can’t get our bats going.”
Neither team really did. Dallas Center-Grimes opened the eighth inning on a bunt single by Jake Lewis. Lewis advanced to second on a walk and moved to third on a sacrifice fly.
He scored with two outs in the eighth when Foggia lofted a deep single to right field off Bondurant-Farrar reliever Tyler Ramus.
The winning run sent Dallas Center-Grimes players scattering onto the field.
“I feel great to be a part of it,” Foggia said.
Dallas Center-Grimes reliever Carter Trager tossed a scoreless eighth inning to get the win.
Peyton, who played on the 2010 team, said he still thinks back to the final loss of that season.
He said he’s enjoying this run, though.
“To get it now and the way we’re playing right now, it feels good” Peyton said.
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