HCHS turns the tables on high-scoring Carlisle squad, spreading around 13 hits in 12-4 title game win Cyclones earn first 3-A title since 2003; Croghan pitches complete game for ninth postseason victory
We almost played the perfect game tonight,” said Cyclone coach Steve Daeges, who also directed the program to championship seasons in 1996 and 2003 as well as state runner-up finishes in 2008, 2011 and 2015.

 DES MOINES -- Harlan Community couldn’t have picked a more perfect time to play its best baseball game of the season.
 Facing a red-hot Carlisle team renowned for its hitting prowess and gaudy statistics, the Cyclones stole the show with their own brand of balls-to-the-wall pressure offense in Saturday’s Class 3-A state title game at Principal Park.
 As state championships go, this was a no-doubter.
 Sparked by a two-run opening salvo in the top of the first, HCHS took control with seven runs during the third and fourth innings and slowed the Wildcats’ dangerous bats behind a masterful pitching performance by senior Brett Croghan to win 12-4 and claim the school’s first state baseball title in 13 years.



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