The West Delaware baseball team lost a doubleheader to Vinton-Shellsburg on the road May 30, 7-6 and 12-7. The Hawks won a non-conference game at Waterloo Columbus, 7-3, May 29.
Vinton-Shellsburg pushed across a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh for the walk-off 7-6 win. Tied 2-2 after four innings, West Delaware took a 4-2 lead in the fifth only to see the Vikings respond with three runs in their half of the inning.
The Hawks regained a 6-5 lead with a pair of runs in the sixth.
Ben Ridenour was 3-for-4 with a double and a pair of RBIs at the plate to lead the Hawk’s nine-hit attack. Nick Casey was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Jared Voss, Luke Kehrli, Sam Loecke and Logan Woellert each had a hit for the Hawks.
Voss started on the mound, throwing four innings, scattering six hits and two runs while striking out four. Lukas Meyer allowed three runs and two hits in an inning of work. Casey took the loss, striking out three in 1 2/3 innings, but surrendering the tying and winning runs.
In the opener, the Hawks fell behind 7-0 to Vinton-Shellsburg after two innings and trailed 9-2 after three innings. West Delaware scored twice in the sixth and three times in the seventh for the 12-7 final.
Woellert took the loss on the mound, allowing seven hits and nine runs in four innings of work. Zach Goebel threw the final two frames, allowing two hits and three runs.
Woellert was 2-for-3 at the plate. Voss, Kehrli and Meyer each had a hit.
Against Columbus, West Delaware fell behind 2-0 after the first and trailed 3-1 after three innings. But a three-run fifth gave the Hawks a 4-3 lead before they added three more runs in the seventh to seal the win.
Freshman Conner Funk earned the win. Funk threw five innings, allowing six hits and three runs while striking out four. Christopher LaRosa threw a third of an inning before Kyle Cole threw the final 1 2/3 innings. Cole didn’t allow a hit while striking out three.
The Hawks made the most of their six hits, with Voss leading the way with a 2-for-4 effort, a run scored and an RBI. Casey was 2-for-4, while Cole and Jamison Smith each singled for the Hawks.
The second game against Columbus Catholic ended in a 2-2 tie when severe weather in a neighboring county brought the game to a halt.
West Delaware is now 4-2-1 on the season.