Three WaMaC doubleheaders in four days tested the endurance of the Beckman baseball team last week, but the Blazers came through with flying colors, winning five of the six games.
Beckman opened with a home stand against Maquoketa June 3, and eased to 13-0 and 11-1 wins.
The Cardinals felt the wrath of the Blazer bats early in the first game, when the green-and-gold scored three first-inning runs, four in the second, two in the third and four in the fourth to end the game early. All of the runs came via just nine hits. Shawn Deutmeyer got the win on the mound going 2-for-2 at the plate, one a double. He threw the entire game, with an economic 57 pitches scattering just five hits and fanning the same number, walking no one.
Seven other Blazers added a hit: Owen Grover, Nick Offerman, Seamus O’Connor, Matt Stelken, Owen Huehnergarth, Carter Petsche and Jack Westhoff.
In game two it was another short game, this time six innings. The Blazers hit four in the first inning and added two in the third, fifth and sixth. Only the second went unscored.
Brock Marbach got the win with five innings of action, 64 pitches, three hits and four strikeouts. Bryce Boekholder came in for the final inning and gave up the Cardinal run, fanning and walking a batter.
Eleven Blazer hits were evenly divided among seven hitters: Offerman (2-for-2, one double), Grover and Josh Engler (2-for-3), Luke Goedken (2-for-4, double), Marbach, O’Connor, and Wyatt Schulte. Offerman, Schulte and Deutmeyer all got two RBIs, Petsche, Engler, and Grover one.
The following night found them at home again facing Benton Community for a split, winning the first, 3-0, and dropping the nightcap, 9-5.
In the win, the Blazers scored a single run in the first, fifth and sixth innings, while O’Connor controlled the Bobcats from the mound, giving up five hits and fanning nine batters, walking just one, with 96 pitches.
Grover tagged two hits (one a double), while Goedken, Offerman, O’Connor, Stelken and Deutmeyer delivered one.
Benton jumped on Boekholder early, scoring four runs in the first and chasing him for Engler, Petsche and Offerman over the course of the game. Boekholder took the loss, throwing 25 pitches in 2/3 of an inning and giving up four runs. Engler went 2 2/3, allowing three hits, no runs, two strikeouts. Petsche worked two innings where he allowed one hit, one run, two strikeouts. Offerman went 1 2/3 (40), gave up four runs on four hits and fanned two.
The Blazers did scatter 11 hits, with Goedken, Deutmeyer and Stelken all 2-for-4, and Grover, Offerman, Marbach, Engler and Petsche all adding a hit.
June 6 found Beckman back at Jenk Field to host Vinton-Shellsburg, for 6-4 and 7-5 wins.
In the first game, the Blazers erased a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, when Stelken reached via walk, Petsche laced one past third, and Jack Westhoff, running for Stelken, stole then scored on a passed ball during Goedken’s at bat. Goedken also got a free pass and joined Petsche in scoring when Grover tripled to deep right field.
V-S knotted it at 3-3 in the sixth, but the Blazers took control in their half when back-to-back walks to Engler and O’Connor and a Stelken single loaded the bags. Riley Fangman, running for Engler, and O’Connor both scored on Deutmeyer’s single to left to make it 5-3. Trent Koelker, running for Deutmeyer, made it 6-3 when Goedken singled past second.
Deutmeyer got the first V-S batter to fly out, but couldn’t handle a bunt and throw to first, putting Cameron Karr on. Next up Payton Haefner dribbled one past third and a hit batter loaded the bases to chase Deutmeyer. Petsche came in and gave up a sac fly to center but closed down the final batter.
The win went to Deutmeyer in 6 2/3 innings, where he distributed eight hits for four runs (one earned) and fanned five. The team had just five hits, two from Grover, one from Goekden, Stelken and Deutmeyer.
In the nightcap, the Blazers won 7-5 behind Petsche’s throwing (109). He scattered eight hits, gave up five runs (one earned) and fanned a whopping 12 batters. Goedken, O’Connor and Engler rapped two hits, Grover and Marbach one. Goedken tagged a double and both Marbach and Engler earned two RBIs.