DeWeerdt, Camanche on cusp of state baseball competition

DeWeerdt, Camanche on cusp of state baseball competition

Kyle DeWeerdt missed most of the ball season the previous winter and a whole olympic style events season in the spring for this second.

DeWeerdt had a torn labrum in his left shoulder fixed this colder time of year so he could get back on schedule for baseball season.

The Camanche High School senior is sound and receiving the rewards.

After an extra-inning, stroll off hit in the region elimination round Tuesday against West Liberty, DeWeerdt significantly increased, homered and counted four runs Saturday night to touch off Camanche past Wilton 9-1 in a Class 2A area last at Gus Witt Field.

“He’s more secured for this present year,” Camanche mentor Darryl Cochran said. “He knows he’s a senior and he’s needed to work his direction back from some shoulder issues. He would not like to pass up this season, and it is showing at present.”

Camanche (22-6) advances to its second substate last in three years. It plays top-cultivated Dyersville Beckman (21-14) for an excursion to the state competition at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Solon.

In the wake of missing the mark in the substate last two years prior and afterward last year’s initial postseason exit against Durant, there is no lack of inspiration.

“We’ve been playing with a load of emotional baggage for a very long time at this point,” DeWeerdt said. “That is as yet toward the rear of our heads, and it will be until we succeed and overcome that challenge.”

DeWeerdt is only happy to play. He went to non-intrusive treatment three times each week in Davenport to get back on schedule for the beginning of the period in May.

“It was a crush for me,” DeWeerdt said. “I worked extremely, difficult to play the game I’ve played for what seems like forever and the game I love the most.”

His creation has taken off.

DeWeerdt, who has moved from shortstop to the outfield, has raised his normal from .278 of every 2020 to .456 this late spring.

“I can’t reveal to you why I’m hitting so indeed, yet I’m going up there with certainty this year,” he said. “I’m not hesitant, exceptionally loose in the case, and that is helping me a great deal.”

Camanche struck for two runs in the initial inning — a Mike Delzell run-scoring twofold and a Brayden Lodge RBI single.

The enormous defining moment came a half-inning later.

Wilton (17-11) stacked the bases and had one out before Camanche pulled Delzell and got junior Zach Erwin. The right-hander struck out the Nos. 8 and 9 hitters to squirm out of the tricky situation.

Erwin said that was a circumstance he’s strolled into a few times in movement baseball.

“I was prepared for that,” he noted. “It was gigantic since, supposing that they would have gotten those runs, it most likely would have been a distinct advantage.”

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