SOLON– The top-ranked Solon Spartans shook off the first two losses of the season and rattled off six wins last week.
Solon traveled to Central DeWitt and Waterloo Columbus before returning home to host Clear Creek Amana (CCA) in doubleheader action last week.
It was CCA’s Clippers that provided the biggest challenge.
Solon’s Brandon Shulista scattered six hits and no earned runs againt the Clippers in a 9-3 win Friday, July 1. Shulista struck out 10 batters while walking four. Nolan Asprey pitched an inning of relief. The Clippers were held scoreless until the top of the sixth inning.
The Spartans put up six runs in the third after two scoreless innings, and added three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. Austin Dall was 4-4 with three doubles and Ryan Butler hit a two-run homer, his fifth of the year.
Derrick Loveless hit his seventh home run of the year, a grand slam, to provide some offense in the nightcap. Dall added another double to rack up four on the day, and the Spartans picked up a 13-7 win.
Colin Stebral collected his first win on the mound, allowing five earned runs on nine hits while striking out four. Marshall Koehn pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief.
The week started out much easier, on the road at Central DeWitt for a couple of shortened games featuring Solon’s high-octane offense.
The Spartans posted 16-0 and 15-1 wins in four and five innings, banging out 17 hits in the first game and only eight in the second.
Shulista earned the win in the first game, pitching a one-hitter while striking out five and walking one.
Koehn went 2-4 with a home run and three RBI, while Loveless was 4-4 with a double and three RBI.
In the nightcap, Loveless took to the mound and struck out eight while allowing only a single hit, while Solon’s offense made the most of its opportunities with 14 RBI on only eight hits. Ryan Butler was the only batter with more than one hit for the Spartans.
Butler was pitching two days later in the opening game of a doubleheader at Waterloo Columbus. He allowed 11 hits but only five earned runs in the 18-12 win.
Koehn hit for the cycle in the first game, going 5-5 with six RBI to lead the Spartans. Loveless was 3-3 with two doubles and a triple. Solon pounded out 20 hits on the night.
In the second game, the firepower continued. Koehn and Nick Day were 2-4 with a double and a triple, Loveless was 3-3 with a double, triple and home run, while Butler was 2-4 with two doubles. Tyler Smith added a home run as the Spartans rolled to a 20-7 win.
Jordan Siddell was the winning pitcher, going five innings and striking out four while giving up seven earned runs.
Solon moved to 27-2 overall and 23-0 in conference play.