WAPELLO — The Cardinal High School baseball team started quickly and finished with a flurry in defeating Wapello 12-1 in a SEI Superconference crossover game Friday in Wapello.
Blaine Bryant had two RBIs, and the Comets scored four unearned runs against Wapello pitching. Cardinal's Colby Aschenbrenner tossed a team, allowing just two his and striking out eight in earning the win in five innings.
Landon Becker had a two-hit night and scored twice, while Dawson Lewis drew three walks and scored as a result of all of them.
Cardinal took a 5-0 lead after just two innings, allowing a run in the third, then scored seven runs over the final two innings for the win.
Davis County 2, Knoxville 0
KNOXVILLE — Kaleb Wagler and Caden Hill combined on a two-hit shutout as the Mustangs edged the Panthers in a South Central Conference road game.
Wagler struck out 10 in 5 1/3 innings to get the victory, but each pitcher allowed just one hit.
Offense was scarce, but the Mustangs broke through in the top of the first inning with both of their runs as Owen Bennett and Trevor Slayton scored on the same error as a result of a ground ball to second base.
Mike Hudson took the loss for Knoxville, allowing two earned runs and striking our four in six innings.
Washington 4, EBF 2
WASHINGTON — D.J. Stout had the only two hits of the night for the Rockets, including an RBI in the second inning that helped EBF take an early two-run lead. Washington rallied to take the lead for good in the fifth, scoring three times on the way to a non-conference home win.
"The line score doesn't do us justice," EBF head baseball coach Thomas Hallgren said. "We hit some balls real hard, but Washington seemed to always have a guy standing in the way. I like some of the things we did, but we didn't get the ball to drop when we needed it to."
Lone Tree 6, Van Buren 5
LONE TREE — The Warriors rally from a five-run deficit fell just short in the seventh inning of a SEI Superconference crossover setback.
Lone Tree scored all six of its runs in the second inning, with only one of them earned as the Warriors committed three of their four errors in the inning.
Still, Van Buren had a chance in the seventh as the Warriors scored on two wild pitches and a two-run double by Ryan Wolf.
Jonah Heckenberg took the loss despite going six innings and allowing one earned run. He struck out four.
Wapello 10, Cardinal 6
WAPELLO — The Comets pounded out 11 hits, but couldn't make a five-run lead hold up as the Arrows stormed back in the middle innings for a SEI Superconference crossover win in Wapello.
Cardinal scored four runs in the top of the first inning, and led 6-1 going into the bottom of the fourth. Wapello pulled ahead for good with a four-run fifth inning.
Kassidy Verrips drove in three runs for the Comets, while Rachel Lewman homered and drove in a pair of runs. Verrips, Caitlyn Reber, Alexia McClure and Maddie Cloke all collected two hits in the loss.
Verrips pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed six runs, but didn't factor in the decision. Ava Ferrell took the loss in relief, allowing four runs — one earned — in 1 2/3 innings.
Knoxville 3, Davis County 0
KNOXVILLE — Emma Dunkin, Maddy Findley and Charlie VerMeer drove in a run apiece as the Panthers down the Mustangs in a South Central Conference matchup.
Knoxville pitcher Ashlyn Finarty allowed just two hits and struck out five in earning the win.