Monson gem leads HCHS baseball past Atlantic 4-3

 HARLAN (June 8) -- Scoring two runs each in the first two innings, the Harlan Community baseball team built an early 4-1 lead and was able to hold off Atlantic 4-3 for a nice Hawkeye Ten victory Tuesday at Jim Goeser Field.
 HCHS evened its conference record at 3-3 and improved to 4-5 overall going into Thursday’s game at Council Bluffs St. Albert.
 HCHS junior Alex Monson (1-1) pitched a complete game three-hitter against the Trojans (5-3, 4-3 H-10), using just 76 pitches to go the distance. Monson hit two batters but did not issue a single walk while striking out three. He recorded 1-2-3 innings in the first, third and the fourth.
 Wyatt Redinbaugh pitched well in defeat for Atlantic, allowing 11 hits but just two earned runs in six innings. He walked one and struck out five.
 Monson was also a key contributor at the plate for the Cyclones, going 3-for-3. Cade Sears and Joey Moser added two hits each.
 HCHS caught a break in the first inning when a two-out error, walk and wild pitch set the table for two unearned runs. Monson’s single drove in Isaiah Ahrenholtz and an error on the play let Luke Musich score as well.
 The Cyclones made it 4-1 in the second as Ben Muenchrath singled, Sears doubled and both came home on Quinn Koesters’ two-out, two-RBI single. HCHS would have more scoring chances the rest of the game but couldn’t get any runs across.
 Atlantic’s first two runs were set up by hit batsmen in the second and sixth innings. A passed ball plated the Trojans’ first run and Garrett McLaren’s RBI ground out made it 4-2.
 Bodie Johnson led off the Trojan seventh with a double and courtesy runner Zane Vance scored on a passed ball to cut the margin to one. Colin Mullenix later singled but was stranded at first base to end the game.

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