DRYDEN — The Dryden baseball team extended their season at least a week longer, accomplishing the feat with a number one finish last Friday at a district it hosted.
It was their first top district placing since the 2007 campaign.
With the outcome, Dryden (20-7) moves on to Saturday's regional at Kingston High School where it will meet Saginaw Nouvel. The first pitch is set for 10 a.m.
"We played very well today in all parts of the game," Dryden Coach John DelCampo said. "Our pitching was exceptional, our fielding was excellent and our hitting was great," he noted.
"It truly was a team effort to win the districts. The team has continued to improve all season long."
Coach DelCampo said he not only liked what he saw from his team, but the crowd that showed up to support them as well.
Dryden shortstop John DelCampo gets ready to field a grounder in district action last week.
"Today was an even greater win for our community," DelCampo stated "It rained very hard for about 20 minutes and the infield was basically under water," he noted.
"The next thing you know the parents are coming out on the field with brooms and rakes and got the field ready to play. I have never seen anything like it in my years of coaching."
Dryden began tournament action with a 14-0 win against Genesee Christian. That contest lasted four innings.
Hunter Gall (a single and two doubles), Jared Czape (two singles and a double) plus John DelCampo, Corey Heike and Chris Watson (two singles each) led Dryden with multiple-hit performances. They were backed by Ethan Rozanski and Brendan Biggs (a single apiece).
Rozanski was the winning Dryden pitcher. He allowed one hit, struck out seven and walked none.
Dryden followed that favorable verdict up with a 10-0 championship victory over Mayville.
Jack Kaplan paced Dryden with a pair of singles. The Cardinals also received a single each courtesy of Brady Czape, Jared Czape, DelCampo and Watson.
Jared Czape was Dryden's pitcher of record. He gave up three hits over five innings, retired three on strikes and walked one.
Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.