Mired in an eight-game losing streak, the West Delaware baseball team responded by winning four of six games last week, including 1-0 over Cascade July 6 to end the week.
Kyle Cole tossed a two hitter as the Hawks defeated Cascade. Cole struck out six and walked no one in his 77-pitch performance. Ben Ridenour drove in Nick Casey in the bottom of the fourth for the only run of the game. West Delaware had five hits, all singles, from Cole, Jared Voss, Casey, Chris La Rosa and Luke Kehrli.
The Hawks split a doubleheader with Benton Community at home July 5. Benton Community won the first game, 6-2, while the Hawks claimed the second, 8-1.
In the opener the Hawks trailed, 5-0, heading into the fifth and scored twice to cut the Bobcats’ lead to 5-2. Benton Community added an insurance run in the sixth to make it 6-2. West Delaware had hits from Voss, Casey, La Rosa, Ridenour and Kehrli.
Chad Bishop suffered the loss on the mound, allowing six runs in five innings of work. Isaac Fettkether threw the final two frames.
The nightcap saw a dominant pitching performance from Casey, who struck out 17. Casey was just as dominant at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs.
La Rosa was 2-for-3 with a double and RBI, while Logan Woellert homered in three trips to the plate and had a pair of RBIs. Luke Farmer was 1-for-4 for the Hawks.
West Delaware traveled to Waukon July 2 and defeated the Indians, 13-3, in five innings. The Hawks wasted no time, scoring three times in the top of the first and six more times in the second. After Waukon scored a run in the second, West Delaware added four more runs in their half of the third for a 13-1 lead. Waukon scored twice in the bottom of the fifth.
Woellert threw a complete game, striking out four and allowing no earned runs.
West Delaware banged out 12 hits. Casey was 2-for-3 with a triple, three RBIs and three runs scored. La Rosa and Ridenour had two hits, while Cole, Farmer, Voss, Zach Goebel, Woellert and Kehrli had one.
West Delaware began the week July 1 at Mount Vernon, dropping the first game 3-2 and winning the nightcap 7-4.
In the opener, Mount Vernon led 2-0 after two innings before West Delaware added runs in the third and fourth to tie the score. Mount Vernon singled in the bottom of the seventh for the walk-off win.
Voss took the loss in the first game, allowing six Mustang hits and only one earned run.
Casey was 1-for-3 with a double for the Hawks. Cole, La Rosa, Kehrli and Fettkether all singled for West Delaware.
The second game saw the Hawks trail 3-0 after an inning of play. West Delaware responded with a run in the second, and three runs each in the third and fourth innings to take a 7-3 lead. Mount Vernon scored a run in the bottom of the sixth.
Cole was 2-for-3 with a double and triple and three RBIs to lead the Hawks. Goebel was 2-for-2 and Woellert 1-for-3 with a double.
Lukas Meyer earned the win, throwing the first 4 1/3 innings. He allowed four hits and three runs. Conner Funk finished on the mound. He allowed one hit, one run, walked four and struck out five.
West Delaware is now 13-22-1 for the year.