The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

July 8, 2013

Rebels split, tie for title

Herald Staff Report
The Clinton Herald

---- — BELLEVUE — Cole Dickey keyed a Northeast comeback and Matt Haferbier finished it off Saturday, giving the Rebels a doubleheader split with Bellevue and a share of the final Big East Conference baseball championship with Lisbon.

After Bellevue scored a run in the bottom of the sixth and two in the seventh to win the first game 3-2, Northeast repaid the Comets in Game 2 with an 8-7 win.

Bellevue led 7-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh — each team serves as the home team once in Big East doubleheaders — but Northeast (19-8, 12-4 conference) refused to settle for second place in the conference.

With one out, two runners on base and a two strikes on him, Dickey hit his first home run of the season to tie the game.

“Clutch,” Northeast coach Tyler Howe said. The previous night, Dickey drove in eight runs in a 14-3 win at Wapello.

One out later, with a runner on first base, Haferbier ended it when he hit a double to drive in the winning run.

“We made a lot of errors and played sloppy baseball, but we never quit and found a way to win,” Howe said. “I’m super proud of the guys.”

Northeast appeared to be headed for victory in the first game behind Dickey’s pitching. He blanked the Comets for five innings before they came back.

“Cole pitched a great game,” Howe said. “We had a lot of opportunities to score and couldn’t come up with a big hit.”

River Kings fall

IOWA CITY — Iowa City West scored six runs in the first two innings on its way to a 7-4 non-conference win against Clinton on Saturday.

Ezra Reiners had two hits, two steals and two runs to lead the Trojans.

Cody Nolan continued his hot hitting for the River Kings (19-10). He went 3-for-3 and is batting .559 (19-for-34) in the past 10 games. The River Kings managed just three more hits, though.

Sabers sweep Cardinals

DEWITT — Central DeWitt won a pitchers dual and a slugfest Saturday, sweeping Maquoketa 4-1 and 10-7 in WaMaC Conference action.

Freshman pitcher T.J. Sikkema tossed a two-hitter in the 4-1 win, while Grant Henning tripled and drove in two runs for the Sabers (25-8).

Sikkema played left field in the other game and was 2-for-4 with four runs batted in.

IOWA CITY WEST 7, CLINTON 4

Clinton 000 030 1 — 4 6

West 240 010 x — 7 7

Trey Franks (1 1/3 ip, 3 h, 6 r, 3 er, 3 bb, 0 so), Jake Faur (3 2/3 ip, 2 h, 0 r, 0 er, 0 bb, 4 so), Cole Pennock (1 ip, 1 h, 1 r, 1 er, 0 bb, 0 so) and Murray Henricks; Sam Searls (4 ip, 2 h, 0 r, 0 er, 2 bb, 3 so), Tyus Adkins (2 ip, 3 h, 1 r, 1 er, 2 bb, 2 so), Andrew Raymer (2/3 ip, 1 h, 3 r, 3 er, 3 bb, 1 so), Nick Spiess (1/3 ip, 0 h, 0 r, 1 bb, 1 so) and Colin Baker. Multiple hits — Clinton (Cody Nolan 3); West (Ezra Reiners 2). 3B — West (Reid Bonner). HR — West (Greg Ludwig). RBIs — Clinton (Faur, Cody Collender, Ryan Driscoll, Jake Simpson); West (Bonner, Declan Doyle, Devin Raffensperger, Adkins, Ludwig).

CENTRAL DEWITT 4, MAQUOKETA 1

Maquoketa 000 001 0 — 1 2

C. DeWitt 001 030 0 — 4 7

Central DeWitt: T.J. Sikkema (7 ip, 2 h, 1 r, 1 er, 1 bb, 7 so) and Jake Thuman. 3B — Central DeWitt (Grant Henning). RBIs — Central DeWitt (Henning 2, Sikkema).

CENTRAL DEWITT 10, MAQUOKETA 7

Maquoketa 021 013 0 — 7 8

C. DeWitt 101 404 0 — 10 13

Central DeWitt (Emmitt Enyeart (4 ip, 4 h, 3 r, 3 er, 5 bb, 3 so), Marty Green (1 ip, 0 h, 1 r, 0 er, 1 bb, 2 so), Max Steffens (1 ip, 4 h, 3 r, 3 er, 0 bb, 1 so), A.J. Smith (1 ip, 0 h, 0 4, 0 bb, 2 so) and Thuman. Multiple hits — Central DeWitt (Austin Lechtenberg 3, Thuman 3, Henning 2, Sikkema 2, Smith 2). 2B — Central DeWitt (Lechtenberg, Thuman). 3B — Central DeWitt (Sikkema). RBIs — Central DeWitt (Sikkema 4, Enyeart 2, Thuman 2, Henning, Lechtenberg).

BELLEVUE 3, NORTHEAST 2

Northeast 100 100 0 — 2 5 1

Bellevue 000 001 2 — 3 6 0

Northeast: Cole Dickey (6 2/3 ip, 6 h, 3 r, 1 er, 1 bb, 6 so) and Zach Scott. Multiple hits — Northeast (Dickey 2). 2B — Northeast (Ben Hildebrandt, Dickey). RBIs — Northeast (Dickey).

NORTHEAST 8, BELLEVUE 7

Bellevue 201 020 2 — 7 13 0

Northeast 000 031 4 — 8 9 6

Northeast: Jared Henfrey (2 2/3 ip, 3 h, 3 r, 1 er), Tevin Stoecker (4 1/3 ip, 10 h, 4 r, 3 er, 3 bb, 4 so) and Scott. Multiple hits — Northeast (Dickey 2, Matt Haferbier 3). 2B — Northeast (Dickey, Haferbier). HR — Northeast (Dickey). RBIs — Northeast (Dickey 3, Haferbier 2, Nick Wall 2).

FRIDAY

NORTHEAST 14, WAPELLO 3

Northeast 300 434 — 14 14 0

Wapello 210 000 — 3 7 0

Northeast: Ben Hildebrandt (4 ip, 7 h, 3 r, 3 er, 4 bb, 6 so), Ketzalli Dondiego (2 ip, 0 h, 0 r, 1 bb, 5 so) and Scott. Multiple hits — Northeast (Charlie Marcucci 2, Hildebrandt 3, Dondiego 3, Dickey 3, Wall 2). 2B — Northeast (Hildebrandt, Dondiego, Dickey 2, Wall). RBIs — Northeast (Hildebrandt 2, Dondiego 2, Dickey 8, Haferbier 2).