Moser homers twice as Cyclone baseball team sweeps Shenandoah
SHENANDOAH (June 28) -- Joey Moser smacked Harlan Community’s first two home runs of the season Monday night as the Cyclone baseball team moved past the .500 mark in conference play with a doubleheader sweep at Shenandoah.
HCHS won the first game 8-3 behind six scoreless innings from senior pitcher Thomas Ernst and took the night cap 11-1 in five as Moser hit the first home runs of his four-year varsity career.
The Cyclones improved to 9-8 in the Hawkeye Ten and 10-11 overall while the Mustangs dropped to 2-15 in the league and 5-17 overall.
Leading 2-0, HCHS took control of game one with a five-run fourth inning. Isaiah Ahrenholtz got things going with a two-run double, Kelby Lasher hit his second RBI double of the game and Ben Muenchrath added an RBI single.
Quinn Koesters hit RBI singles in both the first and seventh innings, finishing 3-for-5. Four other Cyclones had two-hit games: Alex Monson (one double, two runs scored), Lasher, Muenchrath and Cade Sears. Moser had one hit but also walked twice and was hit by a pitch, scoring two runs.
HCHS stole seven bases, including Muenchrath with three and Sears two.
Ernst (2-0) allowed just four singles in six innings, walking three, hitting two batters and striking out five.
Reliever Stephen Leinen walked two and gave up RBI singles to Carter Ruzek, Couper Gile and Camden Lorimor in the seventh, but all three Mustang runs were unearned.
Game two turned into a blowout early as HCHS scored four runs in the first, two in the second and three in the third, outhitting Shenandoah 12-2.
Moser led off the game with a home run and added a two-run shot in the second, finishing 2-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored.
Monson and Lasher both hit RBI singles in the first and Monson later hit a two-run double to give him three RBI as well.
The Cyclones’ three-run third included a sacrifice fly by Koesters and RBI singles from Ahrenholtz and Luke Musich.
Ahrenholtz went 3-for-3 and Musich was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Sophomore Cael Goshorn (2-0) earned his second win on the mound in as many starts, allowing just two hits and one unearned run in five innings. He walked three, hit one batter and had five strikeouts.
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