EDDYVILLE – Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont continued their dominance of the South Central Conference heading into a huge showdown for first place. EBF routed Clarke in a pair of five-inning triumps, winning 14-1 in game one and 11-1 in game two, to set up a matchup with Centerville Tuesday in a battle of the top two teams in the SCC.
Christian Bambrook powered the Rockets, going 5-7 at the plate in the two games with three doubles in the two games along with three RBI and four runs scored. Cory Archer had two hits, including a double, to go along with three RBI and three runs scored in game one while Jevin Jensen had two hits, two RBI and run scored in game two after earning the win on the mound in the opener.
“It was good couple of wins for us,” EBF head baseball coach Rod Ashman said.
EBF (16-4, 11-1) and Centerville (12-6, 8-2) battled Tuesday in a big SCC doubleheader as the Courier went to press. The Big Reds split a doubleheader Monday night with Knoxville, winning a 9-5 decision and losing a 13-3 contest to the Panthers.
The Rockets (16-4, 11-1) are back in action tonight for a big game at third-ranked (1A) Twin Cedars. The Big Reds (13-7, 8-2) are not scheduled to play again until playing an SCC doubleheader at Clarke on Monday.
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 14, Clarke 1 (5)
Clarke 000 10 — 1 3 0
EBF 340 7x — 14 14 0
EBF battery — Jevin Jensen (W, 2-0) (5IP, 3H, R, ER, 6K, 4BB), Chance Wuersta catching.
2B — Cory Archer, Christian Bambrook, Jensen, Levi Johnston.
Hits — Bambrook 3-3, Jensen 2-2, Archer 2-3, Johnston 1-2, Jeren Glosser 1-3, Jackson Voyles 1-3, Trevor Swartz 1-3, Wuersta 1-3.
RBI — Archer 3, Jensen 3, Bambrook 2, Wuersta 2, Johnston, Swartz.
Runs — Archer 3, Bambrook 3, Glosser 2, Jensen, Johnston, Cole Maines, Swartz, Voyles, Wuersta.
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 11, Clarke 1 (5)
Clarke 000 10 — 1 2 0
EBF 044 12 — 11 9 1
EBF battery — Jake Long (W, 2-1) (5IP, 2H, R, ER, 4K, 3BB), Chance Wuersta catching.
2B — Christian Bambrook 2.
Hits — Jevin Jensen 2-3, Wuersta 2-3, Bambrook 2-4, Levi Johnston 1-1, Lewie Winkleman 1-1, Jeren Glosser 1-1.
RBI — Glosser 2, Jensen 2, Johnston 2, Bambrook, Cole Maines, Wuersta.
Runs — Brandon Plate 3, Johnston 2, Archer, Bambrook, Glosser, Jensen, Maines, Winkleman.
BELLE PLAINE – Tri-County scattered six hits on Monday, but wasn’t able to push enough runs across. The Trojans lost an early 3-1 lead as Belle Plaine scored 13 runs over the final three innings of a 16-5 six-inning South Iowa Cedar League contest on Monday.
Tyler Lally had a double and two hits while Spencer Steinke had a fifth-inning home run. Tyler Striegel, Chase Bryant, Lance Hinschberger and Kaleb Gorsch helped lead Belle Plaine with eight hits and 11 RBI.
Tri-County (5-9, 5-6) is back on the diamond tonight in an SICL matchup at HLV.
Belle Plaine 16, Tri-County 5 (6)
T-C 210 110 — 5 6 2
B.P 103 525 — 16 13 2
Tri-County battery — Nick Watts (L) (4IP, 8H, 9R, 7ER, 5K, 5BB) and Spencer Steinke (2IP, 5H, 7R, 6ER, 2K, 5BB), Trenton Steinke catching.
2B — Tyler Lally.
HR — S. Steinke.
Hits — Lally 2-3, T. Steinke 1-2, Jake Brumbaugh 1-3, Watts 1-3, S. Steinke 1-4.
RBI — Austin Blythe, Brumbaugh, S. Steinke.
Runs — Brumbaugh, Benjamin Edmundson, S. Steinke, T. Steinke, Jacob Weber.