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Drake Downing, Waterloo

Drake Downing, Waterloo baseball

A junior right-handed pitcher who is the Bulldogs ace, Downing went the distance to lead the Bulldogs to a 3-1 win over Carbondale in the Class 3A Salem Sectional final. He threw 96 pitches while striking out 10 and walking no one. In his previous start, Downing tossed a complete-game one-hitter with five strikeouts to beat rival Columbia 3-1 in the Columbia Regional final. A second-team all-Mississippi Valley Conference selection this season, Downing is 7-3 with a 1.82 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 65 1/3 innings.