IOWA CITY– It was business as usual Friday, June 28, for the West High Trojans on the diamond.
And business was good.
The Trojans took on the Mustangs of Dubuque Hempstead in a varsity doubleheader and put two more wins in the book by taking the opener 4-3 and the nightcap, 9-1.
The Mustangs threatened in the top of the second inning with bases loaded, but only got one man home for a 1-0 lead. West answered with two runs in the bottom of the third as Grant Ewing doubled and came home on a sacrifice by Reid Bonner. Tanner Wilson singled, stole second and crossed the plate thanks to a Declan Doyle single. The Mustangs put up two more runs in the fourth but were shut down offensively for the rest of the game. Wilson and Ezra Reiners added two more runs for the Trojans as they scored on a double by Bonner in the fifth inning.
Sam Searls went the distance for West on the mound, giving up seven hits and three runs while striking out eight. The Trojans had four runs on nine hits and committed two errors in the effort.
The Trojan momentum continued in the nightcap with Bonner scoring in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly from Devin Raffensperger for the 1-0 lead. The fourth inning is one the Mustangs would probably like to forget as West loaded the bases. Bonner, Doyle and Raffensperger all walked, bringing in Searls, Wilson and Reiners. The Hempstead crew changed horses on the mound before Tyus Adkins came to the plate. Adkins looked out at loaded bases and two outs, and then knocked a single to bring in two more runs and put West up, 6-0.
A Hempstead runner made it across the plate in the fifth while a double-play was occurring elsewhere on the diamond but it was