The young Maquoketa Valley baseball team took a big step forward winning all four of their games last week to improve to 4-2 for the season and 4-2 in the Tri-Rivers Conference.
The Wildcats got their week started with a doubleheader sweep of Starmont (1-3) in Arlington, 6-2 and 14-7.
Maquoketa Valley made the most of their hits in game one and took advantage of the opposing pitcher’s wildness. The Wildcats had seven hits, but received seven walks and a batter got hit by a pitch. Parker Sternhagen had two hits including a double, Michael Schaul had an RBI double and scored a run and TJ Cook chipped in with a single, scored a run and had two RBIs. Toby Grimm had a hit and scored a run and Matthew Schaul scored two times.
Sternhagen went six innings to earn the victory. He gave up two runs, one earned, on just one hit, walked two and struck out 13. TJ Cook worked the seventh inning to close out the win. He didn’t allow a base runner and had one strikeout.
In game two, the Stars scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning to grab a 4-1 lead, but the Wildcats answered by scoring two in the fourth, four in the fifth, six in the sixth and one in the seventh for a 14-7 win.
TJ Cook had two hits and scored three runs while Nathan Beitz had two hits, scored three times and drove in two runs. Sternhagen two hits, both doubles, scored two runs and had an RBI. Tony Offerman had a double and two RBIs and Carter Klaren singled and had two RBIs. Michael Schaul and Preston Roling each had two RBIs.
Offerman was the starter and was only able to go 2 1/3 innings. He gave up four runs, only one earned, on four hits, walked one and struck out four. Beitz came in relief to get the win. He worked 4 2/3 innings allowing three runs, two of them earned, on two hits, walked five and struck out three.
Maquoketa Valley came back from being down 6-1 after four innings to clip Midland (3-3) 7-6 in Delhi June 2.
The Wildcats scored six runs over the final three innings including two in the bottom of the seventh inning to get the win.
“It took us a while to figure out what Midland’s pitcher was trying to do, so when his pitch count got up a little bit we started getting to him a little more,” said coach Mike Cook. “We’re trying to do things the right way and that’s what we’re preaching. We want to play the game the right way no matter who we’re playing, no matter the score, up by 10 or down by 10, you still try to play the game the right way.”
Sternhagen had two hits and scored a run and Grimm had two hits and one RBI. Offerman chipped in with two RBIs while TJ Cook had single and two RBIs.
Michael Schaul started the game and lasted just two innings. He gave up five runs, two of them earned, on six hits, walked one, hit a batter and had six strikeouts.
Grimm took over and shut things down to get the win. He gave up one earned over his five innings of work, walked one and struck out three.
The Wildcats blasted Prince of Peace (0-3) 11-1 at Delhi June 3.
They plated six runs in the second inning to break it open and scored two runs in the fourth and added two more in the fifth.
TJ Cook got the win allowing six hits in five innings. He gave up one earned run, walked one and struck out six.
Offerman had a big day with the stick collecting two hits and four RBIs. He delivered a three-run double in the second inning and scored two runs.
Michael Schaul had two hits, one RBI and scored three times and TJ Cook two RBIs.
“They continue to make progress and they have been enthusiastic at practices,” said coach Cook about how the team is doing so far this season. “They are picking up on a new system very quickly. We still have a lot of things to work on, but we keep trying to take steps in the right direction.”