CAMANCHE — Stifling heat and hungry mosquitos didn’t seem to slow down the Indians, who crushed Anamosa on Friday night 14-4.
That makes them 10-2 in their last 12 contests. For a team that started the season 1-5, that’s quite a turnaround.
Plus, it only took Camanche five innings to get the job done on Friday.
If you were watching the game in the top of the first, you couldn’t quite see how the game was going to go. Anamosa came out and scored three right away, but pitcher Brayden Lodge struck out two to end the inning despite a bases loaded situation.
Lodge would help the Indians get out of another bases loaded situation in the top of the second as well, this time unscathed. He pitched the first three innings for the Indians, striking out six.
Before that happened, though, the Indians would respond in their half of the first inning. Senior Evan Hall started with a one-out single, and then both Mason Byrns and Caleb Delzell drew walks from the Anamosa pitcher to load the bases.
The Blue Raiders’ pitcher continued to help the Indians. He started with a wild pitch to bring in Hall and put the Indians on the board. Mike Delzell drew the third walk of the inning, and then Mason Kagemann got hit by a pitch to draw in the second run.
Jake Drury then came up to the plate and hit a big 2-RBI single to give the Indians the lead.
They never let up. They loaded the bases again in the bottom of the second, and Mike Delzell popped one into short right field where it landed in the grass, scoring another and leaving three on.
A pair of hits from Drury and PJ Puckett cleared the bases and put the Indians up 8-3.
Although the Blue Raiders put a run up in the top of the fourth, Camanche responded yet again. They came out and plated a big five runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the 13-4 advantage.
They capped it off with one run in the fifth, ending the game with the 10-run rule.
Both PJ Puckett and Jake Drury ended the game with three RBI, Puckett leading the team with three hits. Mason Byrns also drove in two runs.
The combined pitched effort from Lodge, Evan Hall, and Jimy Sbertoli only let the Blue Raiders accumulate six hits compared to the Indians’ 13 hits. Anamosa also committed three errors to aid the win.
It’s the third win in a row for Camanche, and improves their overall record to 13-8. They play a doubleheader at home on Monday against Cascade.