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June 29, 2013

Blue Demons shake up SCC race with sweep of EBF

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It would be the first of two go-ahead hits for the younger Leshen, who would drive in older brother Brett both times. The second two-run hit came in the fourth inning of game two, with EBF again up 1-0, and started the biggest rally of the night as the Blue Demons batted around against Rocket game-two starting pitcher Trevor Swartz.

“We had a tough time last weekend at the Saydel Tournament, so we made some lineup changes and decided to put Bryce in there,” Brittan said. “The young man has really stepped up for us. He had two huge go-ahead hits for us in both games.”

The losses at Albia completely changed the position of the top two teams in the SCC from the start of play on Thursday. After starting the day up a game on No. 8 (3A) Chariton, EBF (19-9, 12-4) would have lost their lead completely without the Chargers even taking the field.

Unfortunately for the Rockets, Chariton not only played but thrived on Thursday. The eighth-ranked Chargers swept a doubleheader of their own against Centerville, beating the third team in the SCC race 18-4 and 7-6 to take a one-game lead on the Rockets and two-game advantage in the loss column.

“We’ve been struggling at the plate for about a week-and-a-half now, but I thought these were two games that were winnable for us,” EBF head baseball coach Rod Ashman said. “’We’ve got four losses in the conference now. We’re not completely out of it, but we’ve got a tough week ahead.”

The Rockets will look to get some momentum back this weekend at Grinnell’s "Tiger" Tournament before facing back-to-back nights of pivotal conference clashes. EBF will travel to No. 8 Chariton (24-2, 12-2) Tuesday afternoon for a doubleheader at 3:30 p.m. after the Chargers face Clarke Monday.

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