Western Dubuque’s baseball team took a pair from Cedar Rapids Kennedy at Farley Park, May 23, holding on for a close 7-5 win in the opener and riding a complete game mound performance from Casey Perrenoud to take a 6-1 game two win.
The Bobcats jumped to a 3-0 lead in game one on a first inning three-run homer from Calvin Harris, and extended the lead to 7-1 in the second. Ben Bryant walked to open the inning and Matt Maiers doubled to move Bryant to third. Damon Jaeger reached on an error to load the bases before Sam Goodman plated two runs with a single. Jaeger then scored on a sacrifice fly from Kyle Lehmann before Harris came home when Sawyer Nauman reached on an error to make it 7-1.
The Cougars made it interesting in the seventh, scoring three runs before the Bobcats got out of a bases-loaded jam with a game-ending double play.
Offensively, Kennedy had 11 hits and Western Dubuque four, with Harris leading the way going 1-for-1 with a three-run home run, Goodman 1-for-3 with two RBIs, Zach Bierman 1-for-3 and Maiers 1-for-3.
Lehmann went six innings to get the win, scattering nine hits, while Perrenoud got the game-ending double play and the save.
Perrenoud went the distance — allowing nine Kennedy hits and fanning nine — to get the game two win as the Bobcat bats came alive for 10 hits, giving the junior righthander all the cushion he needed.
Jaeger scored on a Harris sacrifice fly in the first to put Western Dubuque up 1-0 and scored for the second time in the third when he doubled and scored on a Harris single. Lehmann then plated Harris with a single to make it 3-0.
After Payton Quagliano and Bryant walked to open the sixth, Maiers bunted the runners forward. The move paid off when Goodman’s single scored both, and Harris singled to score Goodman to make it 6-1.
Offensively, Harris was 3-for-3 with three RBIs, Lehmann was 2-for-3 with one RBI, Jaeger 2-for-3, Nauman 1-for-3, Quagliano 1-for-2 and Goodman 1-for-4 with one RBI.
“The Kennedy games were our MVC openers and Lehmann and Perrenoud both threw well for us,” said Bobcat coach Casey Bryant.
Earlier in the week, the Bobcats earned a season-opening 11-1 win over Davenport West on a weather-challenged evening in Farley, May 21.
“This was a good opener for us,” said Bryant. “We didn’t play great but did enough on offense to win.”
Sam Goodman scattered three West singles before giving way to Perrenoud for the final two outs to get the win, as Western Dubuque gave the senior righthander all the runs he needed with a four-run first and a three-run second.
The Bobcats pounded 11 hits, with Lehmann doing plenty of damage — going 3-for-4 with four RBIs and scoring three runs. Quagliano was 1-for-4 with three RBIs, Jaeger 2-for-4, Harris 2-for-4 with one RBI, Nauman 1-for-1 with one RBI, Bierman 1-for-3 with one RBI, Carter Kluesner 1-for-4 and Goodman 0-for-4 with one RBI.
“Offensively, we are still not playing our best baseball, but are getting better each game,” said Bryant. “We had a huge loss as Sawyer Nauman broke his hand and will be out for several weeks.”