Five wins last week went into the books for the Beckman baseball team, putting them at 6-1 on the young season.
The Blazers stopped North Linn May 29 there, 4-1 and came home the following night to top Williamsburg in a double bill, 7-5 and 16-6. They ended the week with two from Clear Creek-Amana, 10-8 and 13-7, May 31.
In the home opener against Williamsburg, the Blazers put four runs in their half of the first inning, all with two outs on the board. Nick Offerman advanced on an error, Brock Marbach drew a walk. Offerman came in off Josh Engler’s single but both Seamus O’Connor and Matt Stelken were walked to load the bags. When Shawn Deutmeyer singled, Marbach and O’Connor plated and Stelken came in when Carter Petsche walked.
Williamsburg tied the game in the top of the third, chasing both starting pitcher Deutmeyer and Marbach. O’Connor came in to end the frame and stayed there, taking the eventual decision.
In the fourth, Petsche beat a throw from short, advanced to second on a single from Goedken, stole third and plated on a passed ball during Marbach’s at bat, making it 5-4.
The Blazers added another run in the fifth, when Engler doubled to center, O’Connor singled and Stelken hit a sacrifice fly to plate Trent Koelker, running for Engler, 6-4.
Both teams scored in the sixth and O’Connor fought off an 11-pitch walk to close the frame with a strikeout and fly out, after allowing the first three batters on base.
That last insurance run for the home team came in the bottom of that frame, after Petsche ground out, Goedken walked, Owen Grover was hit-by-pitch and Offerman singled past short to plate Goekden.
For O’Connor in the seventh, it was three up, three down. He ended with five strikeouts, two walks and one run on four hits during his 67-pitch outing. Engler was 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, walk, stolen base and run scored. Also notching hits were Goedken, Grover, Offerman and Deutmeyer. Scoring runs were Goedken, Offerman, Marbach, Engler, Koelker, O’Connor and Petsche.
In the nightcap, the Blazers overpowered Williamsburg from the start, scoring two first-inning runs and adding six in the third. Then they went all out in the fifth with eight runs to cap the night early.
Engler continued hot, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Goedken was 2-for-3 with three runs scored, a double, RBI and walk. Also getting hits were Grover (double), O’Connor (triple), Koelker, Grant Rausch, Sean Kluesner and Petsche. Offerman took the win in 4 1/3 innings, 94 pitches, giving up five runs (four earned) on eight hits and fanning six. Deutmeyer took the final two outs.
North Linn fell 4-1 the night before with the Blazers taking a 3-0 lead after two frames. The Blazers added an insurance run in the seventh. North Linn scored its lone run in the fifth, off Petsche, who ended with a four-hit effort, striking out eight and passing just two.
Goedken, Grover and Marbach were all 2-for-3, with Marbach adding two RBIs and Goedken and Grover one. Stelken and Engler each added a hit.
In the opener against CCA, the Blazers led 8-2 after the first two innings. CCA tied the game in the sixth and then the teams began the battle that stretched into nine innings. In that final frame, Offerman singled, Marbach made an out, Engler reached by error and O’Connor by fielder’s choice. That set the stage for a two-run double from Stelken, who made it hold up when he re-took the mound and shut down the CCA batters in the bottom of the inning.
Engler opened the game on the mound, going 3 1/3 innings, and gave up seven earned runs on seven hits, fanning two. Stelken took the win in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out nine, walked five and allowed no hits and no runs. Bryce Boekholder pitched two innings and added three hits and a run while striking out one.
“It was a game of lots of pitching, but Matt really shut them down when he came in,’’ said coach Fred Martin.” I had a lot of young guys throwing and that did give them some great experience, though I earned a lot of grey hairs during the game. It seemed to take forever. It was a long day, left here at 1:30 and got home at 1:30.”
Grover and O’Connor went 2-for-4, scoring three runs. Offerman was 2-for 5, with two runs, Stelken 2-for-5. Deutmeyer added a hit as did Engler and Goedken.
They took care of business in the nightcap, scoring three runs in the first, two in the second and capping the night with three in the fourth and fifth and two more in the sixth.
Deutmeyer was 3-for-4, Grover 2-for-5, with Goedken, Offerman and O’Connor getting hits.
Grover opened this game and went 3 1/3, giving up a single hit but three runs (one earned), struck out seven and walked five. Koelker came in to relieve him and got the win in 3 2/3 innings, four runs, one hit, five more walks and a strikeout.
“This was a good week for the guys to learn a lot about themselves, and for us as coaches to do the same,” said Martin. “Our young guys are getting a lot of experience. We as a team had to score runs this week and we did that. Matt did a super job in the CCA game as a closer. I really want to build him into that position, he throws hard and does that job for us.”