The Lone Tree Lions qualified for the state baseball tournament in Des Moines for the first time since 2001 Tuesday night with a tight 2-1 win over Burlington, Notre Dame at Dick Sojka Memorial Field in Washington. Starting pitchers Erik Murry for Lone Tree and Jack Gray for Burlington, Notre Dame dominated the night, as did the defenses. Lone Tree finally broke through in the fourth inning when Ty Robertson reached on an error, went to second on an obstruction call and advanced to third on a balk before Levi Saterfield drove him in on an RBI double to make the score 1-0. Lone Tree doubled their lead in the fifth when Jovonte Squires scored on a sac fly by Ty Schillerstrom. Notre Dame cut the lead in half with a run in the sixth when David Earhart singled in Jacob Smith from second.
With a 2-1 lead in the seventh inning Murry sat down the first two Nikes he faced before Notre Dame rebounded to load the bases on a walk and two singles. Murry came back in the tense situation to induce a ground ball to second base from Smith to finish the win and strand the bases loaded. Murry recorded the win for the Lions going all seven innings, allowing four hits, one run, walking three and striking out five. The Lions were led at the plate by Murry who was two for three, Saterfield went one for three with an RBI and threw out three batters from behind the plate. The Lions are now 21-6 on the year and qualified for the state tournament as the six seed. They will play the three seed #5 ranked LeMars Gehlen Catholic Saturday at 1PM in the state quarterfinals at Principal Park in Des Moines.
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