Harlan Community senior Dillon Sears swings away during Hawkeye Ten Conference action earlier this season. (File photo)

Cyclones’ perfect start reaches 13 games

HCHS baseball sweeps Clarinda 15-1 and 13-1

 CLARINDA -- The unbeaten streak reached 13 games for the Harlan Community baseball team Thursday night as the top-ranked Cyclones swept a doubleheader at Clarinda, 15-1 and 13-1, and have now outscored the opposition 150-27 on the season.
 HCHS, which has won nine straight games by the 10-run rule, utilized a seven-run third inning in game one and a six-run fourth in game two, finishing off the Cardinals in five and six innings, respectively.
 The Cyclones improved to 13-0 overall and 10-0 in the Hawkeye Ten Conference, leading Lewis Central and St. Albert by two games each in the loss column.
Game 1 recap:
 Ryan Doran homered for the third straight game and Brett Sears, Joshua Cheek and Kyle Schmitz all tripled as the Cyclones outhit the Cardinals 13-4 and won 15-1 in five.
 Nick Foss (2-0) pitched the first four innings for the win, allowing three hits and an unearned run while walking two, hitting two batters and striking out eight. Jacob Croghan pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
Game 2 recap:
 The Cyclones collected just nine hits in the night cap but were aided by nine walks, four hit batsmen and nine stolen bases in the 13-1 six-inning victory.
 Kyle Schmitz improved to 3-0 on the mound, allowing two hits and one unearned run in four innings before Croghan once again provided relief with two perfect innings that required just 16 pitches.
 Moser led the way offensively with a career-high six RBI, going 3-for-4 with four stolen bases and two runs scored.

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