IOWA CITY– In Iowa City, the winning football team gets “The Boot.” The volleyball team gets “The Spike.” In baseball, bragging rights are on the line and this year both City and West can say they won as the teams split a doubleheader conducted Monday and Tuesday, July 8 and 9.
City stunned the Trojans at City High Monday evening with a 6-4 upset. Tuesday the battle moved to West High and Charlie Stumpff’s crew avenged the loss with a 5-1 win. Brock Hatzky and Grant Ewing, both pulling courtesy runner duty for pitcher Tyus Adkins and catcher Colin Baker respectively, scored in the bottom of the second inning to give West a 2-0 lead.
In the third, City coach Brian Mitchell pulled Quinton Forrester off of the mound and put Nate Goddard in his place as Ezra Reiners stepped up to the plate to lead off for the Trojans. Reiners took a ball for the first pitch and then sent the second sailing over the left field fence for a solo home run. Reiners brought Ludwig home in the fourth with an RBI double to give the Trojans a 4-0 lead that held until the top of the sixth when City scored one run on a Trojan error.
Ewing, running for Baker, scored in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice bunt by Tanner Wilson making it 5-1.
Reiners and Adkins had two hits each with one hit for Devin Raffensperger and Baker. Adkins went the distance giving up one hit and one unearned run. He struck out four and walked two. West’s record improved to 26-7 overall, and was ranked No. 2 in the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Week 5 rankings while City High was unranked.
The final regular season home game is set for Wednesday, July 17, as West will entertain Davenport Central in a sophomore/varsity set. Substate play begins on Friday, July 19, as Cedar Rapids Jefferson visits West with a 7 p.m. start time.