No streak, no problem: Cyclones rebound with rout of DC-G

Titans deal HCHS first baseball loss in 38 days Monday

 DALLAS CENTER (July 3) -- Less than 24 hours after its 19-game winning streak came to a close at Lewis Central, the Harlan Community baseball team bounced back in a big way Tuesday afternoon with a 13-1 victory at Dallas Center-Grimes.
 The top-ranked (Class 3A) Cyclones didn’t pull away until late, using a four-run fifth inning and a six-run seventh to turn a close game into a blowout. HCHS improved to 22-3 overall while handing DC-G (6-17) its sixth straight defeat.
 The Cyclones outhit the Mustangs 12-5 and got six quality innings from starting pitcher Connor Bruck (6-0), who allowed four hits and one run while striking out seven. Bruck did not issue any walks but did hit four batters. Jacob Bartley closed things out with a scoreless inning of relief.
 Ryan Doran, Nick Foss and Luke Schaben all hit RBI doubles in the fifth and Moser added a run-scoring double in the seventh as the Cyclones scored their final six runs on just one hit, taking advantage of five walks and a hit batter in the inning.
 Brett Sears also doubled and led the team with three RBI while scoring two runs. Doran finished 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBI and Moser, Bruck and Foss all had two-hit games. Foss was never retired, adding three walks to a single and double.
Lewis Central 4, HCHS 3
 COUNCIL BLUFFS -- The Titans halted Harlan’s 19-game win streak as well as its chance for an undefeated Hawkeye Ten slate Monday night, but the Cyclones didn’t go down without a late fight.
 Trailing 4-0 in the seventh, HCHS made things interesting with two out when Nick Foss belted a three-run home run off Titan pitcher Drake Nettles, which also scored Connor Bruck and Luke Schaben.
 Nettles (5-1) retired the next batter to end the game, however, finishing off a five-hitter with eight strikeouts.
 The Cyclones’ first loss in 38 days dropped their record to 21-3 overall and 18-1 in the conference just one day after they moved up to No. 1 in the Class 3A state rankings. LC improved to 16-12 overall and 14-3 in the H-10.
 Cyclone ace Brett Sears (6-1) took the hard-luck defeat, exiting the mound after four quality innings. He allowed three hits and a run, walked one and struck out seven.

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