Martensdale-St. Mary's (Martensdale, Iowa)
fell one game short of regaining its national-record baseball winning streak on Tuesday when it was nipped by Des Moines East (Des Moines, Iowa)
in a 4-3 thriller.
The Blue Devils, who play a summer schedule, set the record last year at 87 straight wins. However, Portsmouth (N.H.) expanded the record this spring to 89 before losing. The Blue Devils won their opener Monday 10-0, but ran into a strong pitching performance by Colby Carmichael, who had only one bad inning and struck out the last three batters to seal, perhaps, the biggest win of his life.
Carmichael, who wound up on the bottom of the ceremonial dog pile, was greatly aided by Kyle Thomson's two-run homer (on an 0-2 pitch) over the right field fence.
Zeb Noel, a senior who was a member of the Blue Devils' last two Class 1A state champs, told the Des Moines Register
, "It sucks, but this streak is a secondary goal. Our primary goal is to get to the state tournament."
Martensdale-St. Mary's coach Justin Dehmer said, "I feel lucky to be a coach of this program and part of this team. Our mission's not over."