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Trojans thump Bobcats to open season

IC West 5, Benton Community 0
West High’s Brock Hatzky slides in to second base while a Bobcat goes up for an overthrown ball. (photos by Chris Umscheid)

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans opened their 2014 campaign at home with a visit from the Benton Community Bobcats and a 5-0 win.
The Trojans went up on the scoreboard in the third inning when Brock Hatzky drove in Grant Ewing and made it to third on an error. A balk sent Hatzky home and moved Declan Doyle, who walked, to second. Devin Raffensperger blasted a ball down the right field line to the fence for a double, moving Doyle to third. Nate Boland fired a rocket down the left field line to score Doyle and give West a 3-0 lead.
In the fourth inning Hatzky scored on an RBI from Doyle, while Boland posted the first homer of the season.
Tyus Adkins worked six innings on the mound giving up no runs, one hit, walking two and striking out six. Nick Spiess closed-out the game giving up no runs, no hits and walking one.
The Trojans are home Friday, June 6, for a varsity doubleheader against Dubuque Wahlert starting at 5 p.m. On Monday, June 9, the Lions of Linn-Mar visit in another double-dip for the varsity.
LOB– Benton 5, Iowa City West 6. ERR– Brant Walker, Brandon Wilhelm. 2B–Nate Boland, Devin Raffensperger, Grant Ewing. 3B– Brock Hatzky. HR– Nate Boland. HBP– Austin McFarland. SACF– Declan Doyle. SACB– Nate Woeste. SB– Brock Hatzky (2), Nick Gallagher.