Cyclones open Red Oak sweep with 14-run frame
RED OAK (June 28) -- Setting the tone with a 14-run top of the first in game one, the Harlan Community baseball team clinched its second straight Hawkeye Ten Conference title Thursday night with a doubleheader sweep at Red Oak, winning 22-3 (in four innings) and 7-2.
Originally scheduled to be played in Harlan, the games were moved to Red Oak due to a heavy morning rain at Jim Goeser Field.
The 2nd-ranked Cyclones sent 20 batters to the plate in their 14-run opening salvo, getting a home run from Ryan Doran in both games as they pushed their winning streak to 19 games and improved to 21-2 overall and 18-0 in conference play. Red Oak fell to 3-20 and 0-18, respectively.
HCHS 22, Red Oak 3 (4)
HCHS opened the first inning with a double by Jared Moser and back-to-back home runs by Doran and Brett Sears, igniting a 14-run, 11-hit outburst that saw the first 12 batters reach safely against the Tigers’ starting pitcher.
Moser hit a two-run double in his second at-bat of the inning and Brenden Bartley replaced him the third time around and hit an RBI single, making the leadoff spot 3-for-3 in the first.
Logan Klaassen enjoyed a huge game at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a double, five RBI and four runs scored. Also hitting doubles were Brett Sears (2-for-2), Luke Schaben (2-for-3, 4 runs) and Jon Owens (2-for-4).
Incredibly, there were 13 hit batters in the four-inning game, including seven Cyclones who were plunked a combined eight times.
HCHS junior Ronan Noeth relieved a struggling Tyler Schaben in the bottom of the first and pitched the final three and two-thirds innings for his first varsity win.
HCHS 7, Red Oak 2
Doran belted his seventh home run of the year - a two-run shot - as part of a three-run first inning and the Cyclones added three more in the third before winning the night cap 7-2.
Making his first start on the mound, Klaassen (1-0) pitched a complete game four-hitter for the win. Offensively, Connor Bruck went 3-for-3 and had three of the team’s eight stolen bases.
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