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Trojans unload on Waterloo Wahawks

Iowa City West puts up 31 runs
Grant Ewing eats a little dirt as he plows into third base Monday, June 23, at home against Waterloo West. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

IOWA CITY– Charlie Stumpff’s West High Trojans had no trouble dismantling the Waterloo West Wahawks in a varsity doubleheader Monday, June 23, at home, taking the opener 20-1 and the nightcap 11-1 in mercy rule-shortened contests.
The Trojans unleashed a 14-run barrage in the first inning of game one, led-off by Devin Raffensperger’s two-RBI single. The Wahawks, down 14-0, finally relieved pitcher Joel Champion, and moved Dylan Diaz to the mound, who then extricated them from the painful inning. The Wahawks put one run across the plate in the top of the second before watching the Trojans put up six more runs in the bottom of the third.
Stumpff put nearly his entire bench into the game with many reserves seeing action and contributing to the 16 Trojan hits, including Nick Kurth, Joe Scott and Alex Aller. Shelton Spencer Jacob Verry, Kurth, Shane Sturtz and John Millmeyer added to the runs.
Nick Spiess worked the mound for all four innings giving up only three hits, one earned run, walking one and striking out four.
Raffensperger opened the nightcap for the Trojans with an RBI single with an extra base for a 1-0 lead. A seven-run attack in the bottom of the third by the Trojans started with Declan Doyle’s solo home run, which was followed by a Nate Boland RBI single, an RBI double by Scott and a three-run homer from Nick Gallagher. Doyle struck again with his second homer of the night in the fourth inning, making it a 9-0 ballgame.
The Wahawks scored in the top of the fifth, but two more Trojan runs in the bottom half of the inning ended the night.
Collins Marine went the distance, giving up one hit and one unearned run while walking one and striking out nine. The Trojans’ record improved to 11-7 with nine consecutive wins while the Wahawks dropped to 2-17.
The Trojans are home Friday, June 27, for a varsity doubleheader with the Cedar Rapids Jefferson J-Hawks and again on Monday, June 30, as the Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors visit for two. The Wahawks’ second win of the season came in a split with the Warriors.