Western Dubuque improved to 12-1 overall, 10-0 in the Mississippi Valley Conference last week, sweeping Dubuque Senior, Hempstead and Cedar Rapids Washington and throwing in a 15-0 midweek win over North Scott for good measure.
“We are starting to get in a good groove and got some injured pitchers back,” said Western Dubuque coach Casey Bryant. “That helped.”
The Bobcats hosted Dubuque Senior at Farley Park, June 3, and took a 7-2 win in the opener as Kyle Lehmann tossed a complete game allowing six hits and striking out four.
Lehmann and Zach Bierman scored in the second with Matt Maiers plating Lehmann with a sacrifice fly and Zack Butcher singling home Bierman to make it 2-0.
Dubuque Senior made things interesting with single runs in the third and fourth before the Bobcats answered with a four-run fifth without a base hit, earning five walks and having two hit batsmen to lead 6-2.
Calvin Harris walked and scored on a base hit from Bierman in the seventh to make the final 7-2.
Western Dubuque managed four hits, singles by Harris, Lehmann, Bierman and Butcher, but nine walks from Senior pitchers provided more than enough runners.
Senior took a 1-0 first inning lead in the nightcap, but a towering two-run blast in the second inning put the Bobcats on top for good as Damon Jaeger dominated the game — striking out 13 before giving way to Harris in the seventh on the way to a 5-2 win.
Ben Bryant singled home Collin Hogan, running for Payton Quagliano after Quagliano’s single, in the fourth to make it 3-1, but Senior put up a single run in the fifth to narrow the gap to 3-2.
Sam Goodman reached by error in the Bobcats’ half of the inning and after stealing second and third, scored on a wild pitch. Lehmann doubled and scored on Quagliano’s single to make it 5-2 and that was all of the scoring for the night.
Offensively, Quagliano was 2-for-3 with one RBI, Harris 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Bryant 1-for-3 with one RBI, Jaeger 1-for-3 and Lehmann 1-for-3.
At North Scott, June 4, the Bobcats scored nine runs in the second inning on the way to a 15-0 win. Carter Kluesner had a nice mound outing, shutting out the Lancers while scattering five hits and striking out four.
Western Dubuque had 12 hits. Jaeger was 3-for-3 with 2 RBIs, Harris 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs, Kluesner 2-for-2 with two RBIs, Bierman 2-for-2 with one RBI, Goodman 1-for-3 with one RBI, Lehmann 1-for-3 with one RBI, and Bryant 1-for-3.
A trip to Dubuque to face always solid Hempstead, June 6, saw Goodman and Casey Perrenoud throw complete game shutouts — matching the goose eggs the pair tossed at Prairie, May 31 — as the Bobcats won the opener 7-0 and game two 6-0.
“Our pitching has been the story in the early season with some great outings by guys,” said Bryant.
Goodman scattered five Hempstead hits while striking out five and Harris led the way offensively, homering in his third game in a row, as the Bobcats took an early 3-0 lead and cruised to the win.
Harris and Goodman were 1-for-3 with two RBIs, Quagliano 1-for-3 with one RBI and Perrenoud 1-for-3.
Perrenoud allowed only two hits in the second game while fanning six. Harris made it four games in a row with a solo homer to right in the first giving Perrenoud all he needed. Quaglinao had a big game, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Harris was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Lehmann 2-for-3, Perrenoud 1-for-3 with one RBI, Bierman 1-for-3 and Goodman 1-for-4.
Cedar Rapids Washington came back from a 4-0 first inning deficit to tie things in the fifth inning in the first game in Farley, June 7, before the Bobcats scored twice in the sixth to earn a 6-4 win.
It was pitching by committee for Western Dubuque, as Biermann threw two innings, Quagliano 3 ⅔, Ben Bryant ⅔ and Harris one. Bryant got the win by completing the sixth inning before giving way to Harris.
The Bobcats pounded nine hits, with Bierman leading the way at 3-for-3. Perrenoud was 1-for-1 with one RBI, Lehmann and Bryant 1-for-2, Quagliano 1-for-3 with one RBI, and Goodman and Harris 1-for-4.
Game two saw the Bobcats give up a first-inning score to Washington, but that was the highlight for the Warriors as Western Dubuque scored two in the first, four in the second, three in the fourth and one in the sixth in support of Harris, who struck out 14 hitters. Jeff Theisen relieved Harris and got the final two outs by strikeout to end things.
Offensively, Harris was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, Jaeger 2-for-3 with one RBI, Goodman 2-for-4 with two RBIs, with Bryant and Will Burds 1-for-2.