FORT DODGE — Ben Midtgaard pitched one of the best games of his life. The Forest City defense played one of its best games, too.
But by the time Tuesday’s Class 2A substate final game vs. Carroll Kuemper was over, it was just barely not enough as the Indians fell one win short of a state berth with a 1-0 defeat.
“We had some opportunities to score some runs but just didn’t get timely hits,” Forest City coach Jeff Jerome said. “We saw a very good pitcher (Tyler Laign) with good velocity and lots of life, and he was the hardest thrower we’ve seen this year. We battled and had good at-bats, but we just didn’t get it done.”
Kuemper did its damage in the first inning as it led off with a pair of singles. Both moved over on a sacrifice bunt, and the lone run was brought in on a sac fly. Midtgaard and the Forest City defense were on the rest of the way.
Midgaard allowed four hits for the game, struck out one and walked none.
At the plate, Colton Shipman had a pair of singles for the Indians while Midtgaard added a single of his own.
Forest City, which graduates five seniors, ends its season 26-4.
“We played a lot of very good baseball,” Jerome said. “Our pitching staff went out and gave us a chance every night, and if someone was not on, the defense picked them up. And on offense we put pressure on teams.
"Our kids just wanted to win every single night we went out and put their best effort forward regardless of how they were feeling.”