Spartans fall in semifinal to West Delaware
SOLON– The Solon baseball team was shut out for the first time earlier in July by Cedar Rapids Kennedy.
The second shut-out ended the Spartans’ season.
Solon fell to West Delaware in a District 6 substate semifinal Friday night, 3-0. The Spartans ended their year with a 27-13 overall record.
“We pitched well enough to win and our defense was solid enough, but the few mistakes we did make, they capitalized on,” said head coach Keith McSweeney. “The big thing for us was we just couldn’t get anything going offensively. We weren’t able to get any lead-off hitters on base so we were never in a position to handle the bat, move runners, or put any pressure on them.
“The few balls we did square up were hit right at their defense and they made the plays necessary to win this type of ball game,” McSweeney added.
Senior Todd Oberthien suffered the loss of Solon.
It was the second loss in a row for the Spartans, who closed out the regular season with a doubleheader sweep of the Marion Indians and a loss to No. 4 (4A) Cedar Rapids Prairie.
Against Marion, pitcher Mitch Silberstein allowed a single earned run and struck out five in the 6-2 first-game win.
Solon nursed a 3-2 lead until the sixth, when the Spartans added three more insurance runs.
Colton Dall had two RBI and a double; Elijah Kane had two RBI and a stolen base; Logan Linderbaum had a double.
Dalton Ferguson and Tim Lance combined to pitch four innings each in the second game, an eight-inning 4-3 win.
Dall again doubled and picked up an RBI; other RBI belonged to Austin Holub and Kane.
The regular season ended with an 8-4 loss to CR Prairie.
Nathan Hawkins took the loss on the mound, giving up eight hits and six earned runs.
Solon jumped out to a first-inning lead, but Prairie countered with two runs in the first and two more in the second. Both teams scored in the fifth, but Prairie tagged on three more in the bottom of the sixth.
Kane was 2-4 and scored two runs; Holub doubled and had an RBI; Oberthien had two RBI.
“We are very proud with the progress and development our players made throughout the season,” McSweeney said. “We will miss our seniors, but we are looking forward to our younger players. If they buy into the strength program and are willing to develop their skill levels in the off-season, next year’s team can place themselves in a position to have another successful season.”