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Packing a wallop

SOLON– Solon’s varsity baseball team outscored its opponents 72-17 last week.
The Spartans moved to 13-0 with lopsided wins against Mt. Vernon, Marion and Independence and lead Iowa’s Class 3A in home runs, runs scored and batting average, according to statistics compiled by quikstatsiowa.com.
Solon took a pair from Mt. Vernon on the road Monday, 12-8 and 21-3, behind its potent offense.
Several Spartans had multiple hits in the first game.  Marshall Koehn, Derrick Loveless, Tyler Smith, Shawn Olson and Ryan Butler collected two hits each, while Nick Day went 3-5.
Jordan Siddell picked up the win on the mound with 3 2/3 innings of work and Colin Stebral got the save working 3 1/3 innings.
The second game featured Koehn going 4-5 at the plate and Day and Loveless each hitting home runs.  Loveless got the win on the mound with three innings of work, striking out 10 and Koehn working the final two innings striking out two.
The Spartans hosted Marion Wednesday, June 8, in a weather-shortened doubleheader.
Solon closed out the opening game in five innings, with Nick Day homering twice and Shawn Olson and Derrick Loveless each hitting one out of the park.  Brandon Shulista picked up the win on the mound, striking out six in five innings.
The second game was suspended due to lightning in the bottom of the fourth, with Solon holding a 2-1 lead.  No date has been set to resume play.
The team headed back on the road to Independence to round out the week, posting identical 11-1 victories.  In game one, Solon was led in hitting by Marshall Koehn collecting three hits and Tyler Smith, Ryan Butler and Shawn Olson gathering two hits each.  Smith and Olson also homered in the game.  Nick Day threw five innings for the victory allowing one hit and striking out eight.  Nolan Asprey pitched the sixth inning striking out one.
In the nightcap, Nick Day and Austin Dall each went 2-3 at the plate with a double, and Derrick Loveless hit a triple.  Marshall Koehn picked up the win in his first varsity start going four innings allowing one hit and striking out nine.  Jordan Siddell worked the fifth inning, striking out three.