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Spartans split with DeWitt, fall to Waterloo Columbus

SOLON– The Solon Spartans managed a split with Central DeWitt, but lost a doubleheader to Waterloo Columbus last week.
A doubleheader on the road at Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Friday night was cancelled due to severe weather.
The sole win of the week came in the opening game of the twin bill with DeWitt Monday, and all the scoring for the 6-4 win came in the first three innings.
Solon jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first, but the Sabres responded with three runs in the second. Another three runs in the third put Solon up for good, with Nathan Hawkins taking the win on the mound. Hawkins allowed five hits and three earned runs, with Todd Oberthien and Tommy Hamiel pitching three scoreless innings of relief.
Austin Dall hit a pair of doubles, while Colton Dall was 2-2, and Austin Holub was 3-3 with an RBI. Hamiel went 2-3 while Elijah Kane had a double and two RBI.
The runs came toward the end of the game in the nightcap, a 4-3 loss.
After four innings with no score, Central DeWitt touched Spartan pitcher Tim Lance for four runs, all unearned, in the fifth inning. Solon came back in the seventh with three runs, but were stopped short of a tie.
Austin Dall was 2-4 with a double and an RBI, while Kane also had a double.
The Spartans couldn’t put a lid on the Waterloo Columbus offense Wednesday in the first game of a doubleheader.
Columbus scored in each of the six innings, handing Solon an 18-4 loss. Solon managed only six hits on offense, but four of them were doubles, and three of those belonged to Austin Dall. Holub doubled and collected two RBI.
Dalton Ferguson took the loss, pitching three innings before giving way to relievers Jared Lester and Connor Fitzpatrick.
The Spartans had only four hits in the second game, a 7-2 loss.
Chris McNutt was 2-3 with a double.
Oberthien pitched the entire game, striking out 12 while walking only one and allowing only four earned runs.
Solon was scheduled to make-up the game with CCA Tuesday, July 3, before finishing out the regular season hosting Williamsburg, Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Washington.
Prior to a home doubleheader with Anamosa Monday night (July 2), the Spartans were 9-22 overall and 8-16 in the WaMaC East.