HCHS baseball team loses pair of home games

 HARLAN (July 6) -- The Harlan Community baseball team suffered a pair of lopsided home defeats to start the week, losing its Hawkeye Ten Conference finale to St. Albert 10-1 on Monday night and falling to Dallas Center-Grimes 11-1 on Tuesday.
 The Cyclones scored a first-inning run in both games but nothing more as they managed just seven hits - all singles - over two nights.
 HCHS took a 12-14 overall record into Wednesday’s game at ADM and will close out the week at Le Mars on Friday.
 The Cyclones have earned the number five seed in Class 3A, Substate 8 and will open postseason play at fourth-seeded Glenwood next Friday, July 16.
St. Albert 10, HCHS 1
 Falcon senior Luke Hubbard got stronger as the game went along Monday, pitching a complete game three-hitter as the fourth-ranked (Class 1A) Falcons gradually pulled away to beat the Cyclones 10-1.
 St. Albert (26-8 overall) completed a sweep of HCHS and wrapped up third place in the Hawkeye Ten with a final conference record of 15-5. The Cyclones finished 10-10 in league play and tied Clarinda for sixth.
 The game was tied 1-1 until the Falcons started chipping away against Harlan starter Teagon Kasperbauer in the fourth. An error and a bunt single got things going in the fourth, setting up RBI hits by Jaxson Lehnen and Carter White.
 Kasperbauer paid the price for two walks in the fifth as Brendan Monahan hit an RBI double, Lehnen delivered a sacrifice fly and White added a bad-hop RBI single.
 An error and a hit batter in the sixth were followed by Isaac Sherrill’s two-run double that made it 8-1.
 Kasperbauer (4-3) allowed seven hits - all after the third - and eight runs (six earned) in six innings on the mound. He battled his control a bit more than normal, issuing four walks and hitting two batters.
 Joey Moser pitched the seventh in relief and gave up two runs on three hits, capped by Colton Brennan’s two-run single.
 The Cyclones scored their only run off Hubbard in the first when Quinn Koesters singled, stole second base and scored on Luke Musich’s RBI single to left.
 Hubbard, who walked two, hit two batters and struck out five, allowed just one hit the rest of the way and escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fourth.
 Monahan and White both finished 2-for-3 for St. Albert while Brennan scored three runs and Brennan, Sherrill, Lehnen and White all had two RBI.
DC-Grimes 11, HCHS 1
 Clayton Campidilli’s three-run homer in the third broke a 1-1 tie and the Mustangs pulled away with five runs in the seventh to beat the Cyclones 11-1 on Tuesday.
 Campidilli and Nate Waknitz, who hit a bases-clearing double in the seventh, drove in four runs each for DC-G (16-12 overall). Waknitz finished 3-for-4 with two doubles as the Mustangs outhit HCHS 8-4.
 Once again, the Cyclones scored their run in the first when Joey Moser walked and later scored on Isaiah Ahrenholtz’s RBI single.
 DC-G starter Huston Halverson struck out six of the next seven batters and pitched five innings of three-hit ball for the victory. HCHS stranded two runners on base in both the fourth and the fifth.
 Cyclone freshman Cade Sears had a good game at the plate, going 2-for-3 and also stealing a base. Cael Goshorn added a single. As a team, the Cyclones struck out 12 times in 24 at-bats vs. three Mustang pitchers.
 Three HCHS pitchers, meanwhile, issued nine walks, hit a batter and struck out just two.
 Thomas Ernst (2-1) took the loss, allowing five hits and five runs in three and two-thirds innings, walking three. Goshorn and Quinn Koesters worked in relief.

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