HCHS baseball caps strong week with win over SB-L
HARLAN (June 21) -- The Harlan Community baseball team had six days to think about being swept by Glenwood in a June 13 doubleheader.
The Cyclones’ response last week was what you might expect from the fourth-ranked team in Class 3A: three quality wins over a pair of solid opponents.
Two days after sweeping a twin bill at Sioux City East, HCHS rallied past eighth-ranked Sergeant Bluff-Luton 6-4 at Jim Goeser Field on Friday, improving to 15-3 overall.
The Cyclones trailed 4-1 until the bottom of the fifth when Isaiah Ahrenholtz hit a two-run single and Derec Weyer clubbed a two-out, two-RBI double to make it 5-4. Jon Owens led off the sixth with a double and scored on a wild pitch for a big insurance run, then Tyler Schaben escaped a bases-loaded jam for the second time in as many innings to notch his first save.
The Warriors (16-9), who finished 1-4 on the week, outhit Harlan 9-8 but stranded 11 base runners and hit into three double plays.
“That’s a pretty good week,” said HCHS head coach Steve Daeges. “I remember (saying) last week that this was going to be probably our toughest week as far as the opponents we were going to play... Coming off the Glenwood games I kind of wondered how we were going to respond, and obviously we responded very well."
The Cyclones’ top two pitchers, Brett Sears and Connor Bruck, both threw complete games at East so Daeges split Friday’s game between senior Riley Kohles, sophomore Trey Gross and senior Tyler Schaben.
Gross (3-0) got the win, giving up three hits and two runs (one earned) during his two innings. Schaben took the mound with a 5-4 lead and was able to pitch two scoreless, albeit tense, innings.
Ahrenholtz led HCHS at the plate by going 2-for-4 with a double and also smoked a line drive that was snared by Fitzgerald at short. Owens was 2-for-3 with a double and four other Cyclones had one hit apiece.
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