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Late runs not enough for Carroll to upset Boone

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Carroll High's Slade Sibenaller (sliding) makes contact with the left leg of Boone catcher Martin Smith (top) during a play late in Monday's game. Carroll's Colby Christensen watches as Sibenaller would be ruled safe on the play. Smith was injured on the play, but Boone won the game 13-4.

While the game may not have started the way they wanted to, eventually Carroll was able to break free against the No. 7-ranked team in class 3A.

In Monday night’s Raccoon River Conference showdown between No. 7 Boone and Carroll, it was Boone that came away with a lopsided 13-4 win, but Carroll showed its fight throughout the contest.

After giving up five runs off just two hits in the top of the first, the Tigers seemed to be shut down early on. Through the first three innings, the Tigers were limited to just one hit and trailed 6-0. Boone added another three runs in the top of the fourth, but Carroll finally broke through offensively when Colby Christensen sent a ball deep into right-center field for a double. The hit split open the field, allowing Ty Nissen to score.

Carroll would gain a single in the bottom of the fifth and then show off its power in the sixth inning. After back-to-back walks, the Tigers scored off a wild pitch. Another run would score later. The Tigers continued to threaten with a sacrifice RBI that scored the third run of the inning.

From there, the runs dried up for the Tigers as Boone added a trio of runs in the top of the seventh to grab the victory.

Carroll was led by Christensen, who had a RBI double as his only hit. Ryan Johnston, Cade Schable and Evan Loew all had one hit each.

Ty Nissen scored two runs; Jack Troutman had a sac fly RBI. Sibenaller and Johnston both had a stolen base.

Austin Fineran pitched for three-and-two-thirds innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits, and he had three strikeouts.

Evan Loew had five strikeouts and gave up four earned runs on three hits in three innings pitched.

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