West wins two-day battle against City, dumps Solon
IOWA CITY– It’s the doubleheader played over two days with bragging rights on the line: the annual meeting between City High and West High on the baseball diamond. Last year, the Little Hawks and Trojans split the contest with each team taking a win.
This year, it was all West.
The Trojans opened the series at home on Monday, July 7. Coach Charlie Stumpff was recognized and honored for over 600 career wins prior to the game, and the West boys gave him one more by taking down the Little Hawks, 6-2.
City drew first blood, putting a run across in the top of the first inning, but the Trojans rallied back in defense of their diamond with four runs in the bottom half of the inning. West added a one-run cushion in the bottom of the second and an insurance run in the sixth. City scored their second run, and last of the series, in the third.
West had five hits from Kevin DeLaney (2), Nate Boland, Joe Scott and Grant Ewing. DeLaney belted out a double while Ewing nailed an RBI home run. Tyus Adkins worked five innings on the mound, giving up six hits and two runs (one earned), walked one and struck out 10. Collins Marine threw two innings giving up no hits, no runs, walking two and striking out four.
The next day the battle shifted to Mercer Park, home of the Little Hawks. West’s sophomore squad took care of business with a 12-2 win. The City sophs put up two runs in the first inning but West rallied back with a 10-run onslaught in the third and finished the game with two more in the fifth.
The varsity Trojans wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard as Devin Raffensperger knocked an RBI double scoring Declan Doyle. Nate Boland brought Raffensperger home with a single, giving West a 2-0 lead.
The Trojans, in their digital camouflage jerseys, unleashed a seven-run barrage in the fourth inning. With one out, West loaded up the bases as the Little Hawks changed pitchers. Brock Hatzky walked home to make it 3-0 and Adkus nailed a two-run single.
Doyle went to first after being hit by a pitch to load up the bases again as Raffensperger headed for the plate. The senior cleared the bases with a grand slam, giving West a 9-0 lead and sparking another pitching change for City.
The Trojans ended the game in the fifth after a Marine sacrifice brought Hatzky home.
West’s eight hits came from Adkins, Doyle, Raffensperger (2), Boland, Hatzky (2) and Marine with doubles for Adkins, Raffensperger and Hatzky, who also had a triple.
Nick Gallagher went the distance giving up two hits, walking one and striking out five.
The win boosted West’s record to 24-9.
Wednesday, July 9, found the Trojans in Solon, home of the Spartans, for a non-conference contest. Two runs in the top of the seventh inning pulled out an 8-6 win for West.
Stumpff’s crew put three runs on the board in the second with one more in the third. Their 4-0 lead evaporated quickly in the bottom of the fourth as Solon scored three runs. West took a 5-3 lead in the fifth, but the Spartans rallied for three more runs to take the 6-5 lead. The visitors tied with a run in the sixth.
West had 10 hits from DeLaney, Doyle (2), Raffensperger (2), Adkins, Boland, Scott and Hatzky (2). Hatzky and Doyle also had a double each with RBIs credited to Gallagher, Doyle, Scott (2) and Hatzky (3).
Marine worked two innings giving up one hit, walking one and striking out two while sophomore Tanner Lohaus worked four innings giving up five hits and six earned runs. Lohaus walked four and struck out four. Shelton Spencer had one inning on the mound giving up no hits, no runs, walking none and striking out two.
The postseason starts on Friday, July 18, at home against the Little Hawks in a Class 4A substate No. 5 contest. Also in action will be Cedar Rapids Jefferson against Cedar Rapids Prairie at Jefferson and Burlington against Cedar Rapids Washington in Burlington. All games start at 7 p.m.