A non-conference win over a talented Waverly-Shell Rock team and a doubleheader sweep on the road over Center Point-Urbana highlighted the week, as the West Delaware baseball team finished the week 3-2.
The Hawks dropped a doubleheader to Beckman to end the week.
A 4-2 home win over Waverly-Shell Rock, June 23, started the week for the Hawks. WSR grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first on a solo home run by Kaden Dewey. The Hawks went down in order the first three innings, before Isaac Fettkether reached on an infield hit.
The Hawks turned four hits into two runs in the fifth, taking a 2-1 lead.
WSR threatened in their half of the sixth, loading the bases. But Hawk starting pitcher Lukas Meyer got out of the jam without giving up a run. The Hawks responded with two more runs in the sixth on one hit, before WSR scored once in the seventh.
Meyer earned the win, allowing six hits and striking out four in 6 1/3 innings. Jared Voss came on to get the final two outs, earning the save and striking out both WSR batters he faced.
Fettkether and Spencer Mullen each had a pair of RBIs for the Hawks.
Coach Nate Lahr was happy with how his team played. “This was a great high school baseball game. Lukas Meyer pitched well all night. He was able to use Waverly’s aggressiveness against them all game to pitch deep into the ballgame. We saw some good arms from Waverly and were able to get some key hits with two strikes to push some runs across.”
Besides Meyer’s gem on the mound, Lahr noted the Hawks benefited from two key defensive plays. “We had two big outfield relays, one early in the game to turn a double play on a ball to center field and another later in the game from left field to throw someone out at the plate. This was a great team win for our guys.”
West Delaware traveled to Center Point, June 25, defeating CPU, 3-1 and 6-4.
Game one saw the Hawks break a 1-1 tie with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh. Luke Farmer drove in Funk to take a 2-1 lead. West Delaware tacked on an insurance run when Fettkether reached on an error, scoring Chris LaRosa.
The Hawks had seven hits in the game, with Spencer Mullen going 2-for-3. Fettkether was 1-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, while Farmer went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Will Ward, Kyle Cole and Luke Kehrli each had a hit for West Delaware.
Funk earned the win in relief of Cole, throwing the final three frames, allowing one hit and striking out three. Cole threw four innings, allowing five hits, a run and striking out three.
“It was great to gain some experience playing on the road and not playing our best baseball, but being able to grind out two wins,” Lahr said.
The Hawks dropped a doubleheader to Beckman, June 26, losing the opener, 10-7, before dropping the second game, 13-3, in five innings. The Hawks were hurt by poor defense all night.
“We competed OK offensively and fought our way back in game one to give ourselves a chance. But we really struggled defensively all night long. That has been one of our strengths this season,” Lahr said. “But we made too many mistakes and errors defensively in both games.”
According to Lahr, there were some bright spots. “Will Ward continues to swing the bat well and Raub Loecke made his varsity debut on the mound for us and pitched well.”
The Hawks stand 6-3 after two weeks of the season and Lahr said those games have shown a lot about his squad.
“We have had some really good performances in those nine games. We’ve gotten key hits from a lot of different players. Our final four games last week showed some places we need to improve upon. We hope to do that the remainder of our shortened season. We hope to continue to improve offensively and get more consistent on the mound over the final couple weeks of the regular season.”