Western Dubuque played a pair of Mississippi Valley Conference baseball doubleheaders last week, sweeping Dubuque Senior, May 31, at Farley Park, winning the opener 5-4 and game two 9-2, before heading to Marion to face Linn-Mar, June 1, to lose a pair of slugfests — 17-16 and 13-11.
At Farley, the Bobcats took a 2-0 lead in game one before Senior tallied four in the third, but a two-run Western Dubuque sixth regained the lead. The Bobcats collected seven hits in the contest in support of right-hander Tucker Nauman, who went the distance allowing 10 hits and four runs to get the win.
Western Dubuque game one leaders: hitting — Tyler Weidenbacher 2-for-3, Jayden Siegert 2-for-3, Jake Goodman 1-for-3 and two RBIs, Garrett Baumhover 1-for-3 and one RBI, Sawyer Nauman 1-for-2, Isaac Then 0-for-3 and two RBIs; runs scored — Nick Bryant, Sawyer Nauman, Siegert, Logan Brosius and Brayden Staner one; doubles — Weidenbacher, Sawyer Nauman one; triple — Baumhover; home run — Sawyer Nauman;
In game two, the Bobcats scored three in the first and two in the second to lead 5-0, then sealed the deal with a four-run sixth after the Rams had closed the gap to 5-2.
Ryker Staudenmaier pitched seven innings for the win, allowing two runs on eight hits. The Bobcats had seven hits, with a round-tripper from Sawyer Nauman — who had six RBIs — the big blow.
Western Dubuque game two leaders: hitting — Sawyer Nauman 3-for-4 and six RBIs, Bryant 1-for-3 and one RBI, Tucker Nauman 1-for-4 and one RBI, Then 1-for-3, Weidenbacker 1-for-3; runs scored — Baumhover, Bryant, Sawyer Nauman, and Brosius two, Siegert one; doubles — Bryant, Sawyer Nauman; home run — Sawyer Nauman; stolen bases — Brosius, Baumhover and Then.
“Both starting pitchers really competed and threw well, and Sawyer had a big night at the plate,” said Western Dubuque coach Casey Bryant.
At Linn-Mar, the Lions went up by five runs in the first inning of game one, but a seven-run third by the Bobcats made it 7-5. Linn-Mar managed five of its own in the bottom half of the inning then added one in the fifth and one in the sixth to lead 13-7. A six-run Bobcat seventh knotted things at 13-13, sending the contest to extra innings.
Western Dubuque scored three in the top of the eighth, but when Linn-Mar plated four of their own in the bottom of the inning, it was a 17-16 win for the Lions.
It was pitching by committee for the Bobcats, as starter Then lasted 2/3 of an inning and was relieved by Goodman who went 2 2/3. Zach Gehl pitched three innings before Bryant finished and took the loss. Siegert led the offense with two home runs, while Goodman and Sawyer Nauman also went deep. There were 34 hits in the game — 15 by the Bobcats and 19 from Linn-Mar.
Western Dubuque game one leaders: hitting — Siegert 4-for-5 and five RBIs, Tucker Nauman 2-for-5 and three RBIs, Bryn Vantiger 3-for-5, Bryant 2-for-5, Goodman 1-for-3 and two RBIs, Baumhover 1-for-5 and two RBIs, Weidenbacher 1-for-3 and two RBIs, Sawyer Nauman 1-for-4 and one RBI; runs scored — Tucker Nauman and Siegert three, Goodman, Staudenmaier and Sawyer Nauman two, Vantiger, Then, Weidenbacher and Brosius one; double — Vantiger; triple — Bryant; home runs — Siegert two, Sawyer Nauman and Goodman one; stolen base — Siegert.
The Bobcats led 10-3 after three innings in the nightcap before Linn-Mar scored four in the fourth and six in the fifth to steal a 13-11 win.
Baumhover started and threw 3 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs before yielding to Siegert, who took the loss allowing three runs in only 1/3 of an inning. Carson Shute pitched the final two innings.
Sawyer Nauman had another big game for the Bobcats — who had 13 hits — going 2-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs.
Western Dubuque game two leaders: hitting — Sawyer Nauman 2-for-4 and five RBIs, Vantiger 2-for-3 and one RBI, Baumhover 1-for-3 and one RBI, Staner 2-for-3, Goodman 2-for-4, Tucker Nauman 1-for-2 and one RBI, Siegert 1-for-4 and one RBI, Weidenbacher 1-for-4 and one RBI, Then 1-for-2: runs scored — Nauman and Brosius two, Bryant, Vantiger, Then, Staner, Siegert, Goodman and Tucker Nauman one: doubles — Baumhover, Goodman, Sawyer Nauman, Staner; home run — Sawyer Nauman; stolen base — Brosius.
“It was a really strange night and a tough night to pitch,” said Bryant. “The strike zone was really small, the infield was lightning fast, outfielders couldn’t see the ball and the wind was blowing out. Our guys competed hard, but we couldn’t find the strike zone and make enough plays at important moments to overcome our mistakes. We really hit it well.”