Lewis Central’s Jake Powell belted a three-run home run in the second inning Monday night, and the Titans went on to clinch at least a share of the Hawkeye Ten Conference title with a 16-6, six-inning win over Red Oak.
Powell’s home run was part of a seven-run second inning that also included RBI singles by Alex Watson and Bryson Sharon and a two-run single by Easton Dermody.
The Titans built their lead to 10-0 in the third inning with the help of Jonathan Hemmingsen’s RBI triple, but Red Oak stayed alive with two runs in the fourth.
L.C. again threatened to end it early with three fourth-inning runs, but Red Oak fought back with four in the fifth to pull within 13-6. Hemmingsen’s two-run single made it 15-6 in the bottom half. L.C. then ended it in the sixth when Dermody doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Sharon’s single.
Sharon and Dermody had three hits each for L.C.
The Titans lead the conference by two games with two games to play. Lewis Central will host Creston on Friday in a doubleheader to wrap up conference play. A win in one of the games would give Lewis Central the conference crown.
Red Oak (7-17, 6-14) 000 240– 6 9 4
Lewis Central (19-8, 16-2) 073 321–16 15 1
W: JC Dermody. L: Carter Bruce. 2B: LC, Cael Malskeit, Easton Dermody, Nolan Miller; RO, Colton Kinnison. 3B: LC, Jonathan Hemmingsen. HR: LC, Jake Powell.
Harlan 12, Lewis Central 6
Harlan Community stayed in the Hawkeye Ten Conference race by outslugging Lewis Central 12-6 on Monday morning in a makeup game at the Titans’ diamond.
At game’s end, however, L.C. (15-2) still had a two-game lead on the Cyclones (13-4) with three games to play for each team.
Luke Schaben and Connor Bruck had huge games at the plate for Harlan. Schaben went 3-for-5 with four RBIs, including a double, triple and two-run homer. Bruck also went 3-for-5 with four RBIs, including a two-run homer. He also earned the win by allowing two earned runs in six innings.
Derec Weyer added three hits and two RBIs for the Cyclones.
Lewis Central had six extra-base hits in its final two innings, but it was down 8-0 entering the sixth. Alex Watson had a pair of hits in the game and Dermody drove in two runs.
Harlan (19-4, 13-4) 320 302 2 – 12 16 0
Lewis Central (18-8, 15-2) 000 002 4 – 6 9 3
W: Connor Bruck. L: Easton Dermody. 2B: H, Brett Sears, Luke Schaben; LC, Easton Dermody, Johnathan Hemmingsen, Jonah Pomrenke, Tyler Huttmann, Alex Watson, Jordan Wardlow. 3B: H, Schaben. HR: H, Bruck, Schaben.
Underwood 11, St. Albert 5
UNDERWOOD – Blake Hall and Tyler Boothby each drove in four runs for the Eagles.
The Eagles’ Zach Teten threw out three base stealers, and Kyler Rodenburg had two hits for the Eagles.
The Falcons led 3-0 before Underwood scored seven second-inning runs.
Sioux City East 12-15, Thomas Jefferson 1-2
Sioux City East buried T.J. in a barrage of extra-base hits in the first game, then broke loose in the nightcap with an eight-run third inning.
“We lacked focus and effort tonight,” T.J. coach Tom Giles said. “The good thing is tomorrow’s a new day.”
Cayd Schlotfeld doubled for T.J. in the second game.
Sioux City East 003 121 5–12 14 1
Thomas Jefferson 100 000 x –1 2 5
W: Colton DeRocher. L: Grant Merk. 2B: SCE, Alec Patino, Drew Olson 2, Terrick Thompson, Joe Roder. 3B: SCE, Nate Zyzda, Ray Ray Douglas, Patino, Thompson.
Sioux City East 108 024–15 13 2
Thomas Jefferson 001 010–2 4 9
W: Ray Ray Douglas. L: Jared Thompson. 2B: TJ, Cayd Schlotfeld; SCE: Nate Zyzda, Alec Patino 2. 3B: SCE: Patino.
Sioux City East 16, Thomas Jefferson 4
A late burst of offense broke open a tight game for Sioux City East.
T.J. led 3-2 after five innings, but the Black Raiders scored five runs in the sixth and nine in the seventh.
The nine-run inning included two T.J. errors, a two-run double by Madi Van Dyke and a 2-run single by Brylee Hempey.
Chloe Kramer hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning and a solo shot in the third.
Lilly Thompson doubled for T.J.
Sioux City East 001 105 9–16 13 1
Thomas Jefferson 102 000 1 –4 5 2
W: Chasity Johnson. L: Caitlyn Jones. 2B: SCE, Madi Van Dyke, Katlynn Tucker 2, Chloe Kramer, Kiahna Jenkins, Maddie Hase. 3B: TJ, Lilly Thompson. HR: SCE, Kramer 2,
Creston 8, Lewis Central 7
CRESTON – Creston scored with two out in the bottom of the seventh inning for the win.
“It came down to a play at the plate,” said Lewis Central coach Don Wittstruck, “and they got the run.”
The game was another step in an ongoing process.
“We are building toward next year,” said Wittstruck, “like we have been all summer. We had a bad first two innings, then we settled down and we had our chances.”
Creston struck early. Gracie Hagle hit a solo home run and Neveah Randall hit a two-run home run in the first inning to get the host Panthers going.
West Harrison 13, Whiting 0, 3 inn.
Class 1-A No. 11 West Harrison blitzed Whiting with a nine-run third inning to end the game early.
Haley Koch had a triple and single, Sabrina Rife doubled and Cheyanne Rife added two singles and two runs scored for the Hawkeyes.
Emily McIntosh (24-2) allowed only one hit – Semia Aldrich’s first-inning single – and struck out six of the nine batters she faced.
West Harrison (24-2) 229–13 8 2
Whiting (0-15) 000–0 1 1
W: Emily McIntosh. L: Semia Aldrich: 2B: WH, Sabrina Rife. 3B: WH, Haley Koch
Riverside 5, Underwood 0
OAKLAND – Kenna Ford pitched a five-hit shutout for Riverside, as Underwood didn’t get a batter past second base.
“The team played fantastic defense behind her,” Riverside coach Chris Conover said. “Ari McGlade was exceptional at shortstop. Ashlynn Amdor made five putouts in center field and ran down everything.”
McGlade singled, doubled, drove in a run and scored one for the Bulldogs. Jadyn Achenbach doubled and scored a run as Riverside improved to 17-9, 11-5 in the WIC.
Ashley Vanfossan doubled for Underwood (14-9).