Graham Tews stole home plate by sliding between his own batter's legs on July 20 at Norsemen Field in Story City, Iowa (video below).
Tews' score was the only point for his team, Ogden High School, which lost 6-1 to Collins-Maxwell/Baxter in the Class 2A Substate 7 title game, notes Cut 4, which is part of the MLB network.
According to the Newtown Daily News, Collins-Maxwell/Baxter player Brady Kemp hit a two-run double and a three-run double to help advance his team into the Iowa High School Boys State Baseball Tournament.
"It feels amazing," Kemp said. "Words can’t describe my feeling. I am honored and blessed to be a part of this team."
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Kemp had some help on defense from pitcher Brady Stover, who struck out 18 Ogden players, gave up one hit, and walked two.
"During my first three years, we had kids picking up the gloves for the first time at the first practice of the season," Stover told the newspaper. "But we started getting more and more guys committed to being better year round. The guys overall are just more dedicated to the sport. We knew we had the talent. It showed tonight and throughout the playoffs."
During the postseason, Stover has struck out 67 players, given up five hits, and walked eight in 28 of 30 total innings.
In contrast, Collins-Maxwell/Baxter only won one game in 2012 and in 2013; the boys went 8-14 in 2014 and 10-15 in 2015.
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"I never thought we would make it this far ever," Stover added. "I am so pumped for this team. We have been playing together year after year, and the dedication has paid off. We deserve this."
Collins-Maxwell/Baxter coach Max Seeman gushed: "It’s unbelievable. That’s the only word I have to describe it. These guys are so deserving, especially the seniors. They have stuck it out during not so great seasons of baseball with me and other coaches. The upperclassmen are carrying us right now."