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Spartans sweep Anamosa, drop close game to IC West

ANAMOSA– The Spartans racked up 32 runs and a doubleheader road sweep against winless Anamosa June 19.
Solon had 17 hits in a 21-9 win, and another healthy 11 hits in an 11-0 five-inning shutout.
The twin WaMaC East Division wins moved the Spartan baseball team to 15-8 on the season.
Solon had suffered a 19-0 lopsided loss, its third in a row, against Davenport Assumption June 14, before breaking the streak with a 2-1 win against Clear Creek Amana June 15.
The Spartans dropped a close 4-3 game with Iowa City West (in Iowa City) over the weekend before erupting offensively at Anamosa.
Solon scored in every inning but the sixth in the 21-9 win, opening a 9-1 lead after four runs in the first and five more in the second inning against Anamosa sophomore D.J. Reese.
The Blue Raiders countered with six runs of their own off Solon reliever Trevor Schuchmann to make it a 10-7 game after three innings.
The Spartans tacked on two more runs in the fourth and the fifth to make it 14-7, and tacked on seven more in the seventh.
Junior Spencer Wegmann earned the win, walking one and striking out one while allowing a single earned run.
Solon’s offense hammered eight doubles, led by junior Luke Ira who went 4-5 with a walk and a double while scoring four times. Junior Tyler Linderbaum and senior Nick Hofsommer were both 3-4 at the plate, with Hofsommer knocking two doubles and collecting five RBI. Junior Payton Bandy also had two doubles the three RBI. The other doubles belonged to Linderbaum, junior Zach Wegmann and sophomore Adam Bock.
Wegmann and Ira each have seven doubles on the season to lead the team, which has 35 total.
The Spartans also benefitted from 10 Anamosa walks and three stolen bases.
Junior Eric Weetman pitched a two-hit shutout in the 11-0 victory. Weetman struck out six and didn’t allow a walk over five innings.
Solon, however, had 11 hits, drew seven walks and snagged four stolen bases (two by Ira), scoring in every inning against Anamosa senior Luke Rogers and reliever Zach Thomas, a junior.
It was a far cry from the two hits the Spartans mustered against Davenport Assumption at home the week before.
Solon ran into a buzzsaw in the 19-0 loss, the team’s third shutout of the year.
“The scoreboard certainly got out of hand on us, and that was unfortunate,” said Solon Head Coach Keith McSweeney. “However, we were able to get some good looks off a Division I pitcher and the focus our guys displayed as the score got out of hand was a plus.”
Junior Kendrick Harris and Bandy had Solon’s only singles against Assumption starter Daniel Powers, who McSweeney said was headed for Kansas State. Powers, a junior, struck out nine and didn’t walk a batter.
“Our players really stayed locked in, and understood that they had the opportunity to learn from these important looks,” McSweeney said. “I was very pleased with this approach, but otherwise, these games sometimes happen and we mostly chose to flush this one.
“That being said, our guys look forward to any potential rematch down the road,” he added.
A hard loss of another kind came on the road against Iowa City West, ranked No. 4 in Class 4A.
Solon tied the game 3-3 in the top of the seventh inning, but West walked off with a 4-3 win in the home half.
Sophomore Ryan Geistkemper suffered the loss in relief of Solon starter Ira, who allowed 12 hits over six and two-thirds innings.
The Spartans had nine hits, including two each for Ira and Harris.