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Spartans eye return trip

SOLON– The Spartans powered into the postseason last week, aiming for a return to the State Baseball Tournament in Des Moines and a possible repeat as champions.
But there are still a few obstacles in the way.
The Solon varsity baseball squad scored 32 runs in a doubleheader win Wednesday against Center Point-Urbana (CPU) to close out the regular season and then started off the second season with a 6-0 win over Mt. Vernon Friday night.
The Spartans advanced to a District 9 semifinal against Anamosa Monday night at home (subsequent to the publication of this edition). If successful, a substate showdown with Davenport Assumption (which handed Solon two of its four losses) or Dubuque Wahlert would loom Wednesday, July 20, at 7 p.m. in Solon.
A win in the substate final would punch the Spartans’ ticket to the state tournament.
Solon did plenty of punching against CPU’s Stormin’ Pointers to end the regular season.
The Spartans scored 12 runs on 11 hits in a 12-0 win in the opener, then put across 20 runs on 19 hits in the 20-5 nightcap.
Jordan Siddell took the win in the first game, striking out seven and scattering three hits. Todd Oberthien and Colin Stebral combined on the second game, with Oberthien racking up six strikeouts while giving up only a single earned run.
Marshall Koehn, Nick Day and Derrick Loveless each homered in the opener, with Loveless collecting five RBI and two hits. Day was 3-3 and scored four times.
No one went yard in the second game, although 16 different Spartans appeared at the plate. Travis Brimeyer scored three times and had two RBI. Solon players stole eight bases and collected six walks.
Hosting Mt. Vernon in the first round of district play, the Spartans sent Ryan Butler to the mound for six innings, with one inning of relief from Day. Butler allowed only three hits and struck out five Mustangs en route to the 6-0 victory.
Koehn and Shawn Olson doubled, accounting for two of Solon’s five hits. The Spartans made the most of it, however, with five different players knocking in runs, despite no stolen bases and only a single walk.