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Trojans sweep J-Hawks

Barnes’ dinger ends game one on Monday, rain delays game two until Saturday
West High’s Ryan Cooper collides with Jefferson’s Logan Pady after leaping for a high throw to first base in game two of a varsity doubleheader, which was played on Saturday, June 23, at West High. The impact left Cooper sprawled on the ground as Pady charged on by to avoid the tag. The Trojans defeated the J-Hawks 8-7 for the sweep. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s varsity Trojans swept Cedar Rapids Jefferson in a two-day doubleheader that started on Monday, June 18, and finished on Saturday, June 23, at West High. West took game one 15-4 in five innings and won the nightcap, which was suspended in the second inning due to weather, 8-7. The game was to be resumed on Tuesday, June 19, but additional rain pushed the conclusion to Saturday.
The Trojans batted their way to a 7-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning of game one with a double from Lucas Karwal, RBI single from Austin Curtiss, a two-RBI single from Jayson Barnes, an RBI single by Alex Granner and a second double (good for two runs batted in) by Karwal. Curtiss smacked an RBI double in the bottom of the second as West held a 9-0 lead.
The J-Hawks scored two runs in the top of the third, but the Trojans answered with two more in the bottom of the inning with a two-run dinger from Karwal, good for an 11-2 advantage. Jefferson’s final two runs of the game came in the top of the fourth on an error and a passed ball to make it 11-4. Barnes followed a scoreless fourth inning with a game-ending grand slam in the bottom of the fifth for the 15-4 final.
Noah Aanestad took the win for West High with four innings on the mound. He gave up six hits and four runs (two earned), walked one and struck out three. Casey Marvin relieved Aanestad for the fifth inning, giving up no hits and no runs while striking out one.
Game two made it as far at the top of the second inning with the J-Hawks enjoying a 2-1 lead from a pair of runs in the top of the first and one West High run. As play resumed five days later, Jefferson had a man on base and two outs. The Jefferson half of the inning ended with four more runs and a 6-1 advantage. The Trojans answered with a double by Aanestad, a sacrifice bunt from Nicholas Fleckentein and an RBI single by Alex Schwickerath. Karwal then doubled while Braden Houston and Jason Strunk walked to load up the bases. Ryan Cooper knocked a two-RBI single making it 6-4. The Trojans walked in a run in the fourth while an RBI sacrifice by Nick Biancuzzo tied the game 6-6.
A J-Hawk sacrifice in the top of the fifth gave the bluebirds a 7-6 lead, and Jefferson had the chance to put the game away in the top of the sixth as they loaded the bases. However all runners were stranded. Biancuzzo drove in his second runner of the day with a single to tie at 7-7, while a wild pitch scored the winning run for West High.
Houston took the win for the Trojans with 4-1/3 innings on the mound. He gave up four hits and four earned runs with four strikeouts. Tyler Stern pitched 1-2/3 innings, giving up two hits and three runs (two earned) with one strikeout. Austin West, after pulling courtesy runner duty (scoring two runs) settled into his usual closer role on the mound with one inning of work. West gave up one hit and struck out one.
The Trojans’ 10 hits came from Karwal (three, with one double), Strunk, Cooper, Biancuzzo, Barnes, Aanestad (double), Fleckenstein and Schwickerath. Cooper and Biancuzzo had two RBI apiece with one each for Austin Curtiss and Schwickerath.
West High improved to 18-5 overall.
The Trojans head north to Marion for a Friday, June 29, doubleheader with Linn-Mar at the Oak Ridge Middle School (4901 Alburnett Rd.) starting at 5 p.m. and are at Dubuque Senior on Monday, July 2, for a 3:30 p.m. doubleheader. Benton Community visits on Thursday, July 5, for a non-conference junior varsity/varsity combo starting at 5 p.m. The Trojans stay home on Friday, July 6, for a visit from Waterloo West and will take on Liberty High on Monday, July 9.