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Keota ends season with loss to BGM

By Bill Gatchel | Jul 12, 2017

KEOTA — It wasn’t the outcome the Keota Eagles wished for as they lost to the BGM Bears Tuesday, July 11, by a 0-18 final score.

It was a close game after the first inning as neither team got on the board, but BGM changed that in the second as they put up one run, to take the lead. The repeated their performance in the third inning by adding another run, to go up 0-2.

It was all BGM as they scored six runs to give them a 0-8 lead. Keota worked to get runners on base, but would leave them stranded in the bottom of the fourth.

BGM secured their victory as they scored a total of 10 runs in the fifth inning while holding Keota back and only allowing two to get on base but they would remain stranded, ending their season.

Despite the tough season-ending loss, Coach Tanner McClenahan is pleased at how well the season went.

“I think they played great,” he says. “Tonight’s game doesn’t represent what we did this season. We just faced a team that was hot. They made plays they needed to and we didn’t. That’s what it came down to.

“For the season, it was a great conference year. We started off the year on fire in the conference. We were doing a lot of things we hadn’t done in a while.

“Then, some of the other teams got hot at the end of the year, such as Belle Plaine. We usually can win against Sigourney, but they played well this year. You look at the second half of the season and we struggled.

“Overall, with the group we had, we keep looking back at the improvements we made over the years.

“Our conference record keeps getting better. This was our first year with having a conference record over .500 in a while. It was good to see.

“We still have some young guys learning the game and they are doing a good job of staying at it.

“They are listening and trying to do little things like hitting the ball a different way or bunt coverage, it’s little things like that.”

There was only one senior on the team this year, Anthony Campbell. He will be missed on the field next year, McClenahan says.

“It’s going to be tough; it’s going to be different,” he says, “He’s been a solid piece for us.

“He moved in his sophomore year and I’ve been telling people that we were pretty lucky to have him. He’s definitely a baseball kid.

“He knew the game very well and had a deadly bat. He played first base, third base and pitched for us.

“He was a big piece to our team but most importantly, I like seeing kids that like baseball and understand the game he enjoyed coming to the ball diamond.”

Keota’s season ends with a 10-11 record.

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