Aidan Gruver

Easton Valley’s Aidan Gruver throws a ground ball over to first base for an out during the River Hawks’ 2-1 win over Calamus-Wheatland on Tuesday night.

UPCOMING POSTSEASON GAMES

BASEBALL

Clinton vs. Cedar Rapids Prairie (at Clinton), Friday, 7 p.m.

Central DeWitt vs. Anamosa (at DeWitt), Friday, 7 p.m.

Easton Valley vs. North Cedar (at Miles), Saturday, 7 pm.

SOFTBALL

Clinton vs. Wahlert Catholic (at Wahlert), Thursday, 7 p.m.

Camanche vs. West Liberty (at West Liberty), Thursday, 7 p.m.

Easton Valley vs. Marquette Catholic (at Marquette), Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. p.m.

Central Dewitt vs. Maquoketa (at DeWitt), Thursday, 7 p.m.

Northeast vs. Clayton Ridge (at Northeast), Wednesday, 8 p.m.

TUESDAY, JUNE 14

No. 8 Indians toppled by Wildcats

CAMANCHE – It wasn’t the way the season was supposed to end for the No. 8 ranked Camanche baseball team.

The reality of the loss sank in as the Indians walked off the field on the losing end of a 3-0 shutout handed to them by the Durant Wildcats Tuesday night. Across Gus Witt Field, the Wildcats were the ones celebrating their advancement to the district final on Saturday in Camanche.

“I think getting to state is one of the most difficult things there is,” Camanche head coach Darryl Cochran said. “Sometimes it takes a little bit of luck plus a little bit of skill, and I don’t think the baseball gods were on our side this year.”

The silent bats were what did the Indians in on Tuesday night. Camanche was never really able to get anything going offensively, a problem they’ve been having through the entirety of the short 2020 season.

“We were flat I felt like,” Cochran said. “And you have to give the kid out on the mound a lot of credit, he threw really well. It’s kind of been our season in a nutshell really. We had good pitching, we had one big mistake, but otherwise we were right there. We just didn’t hit the ball when we needed to.”

Durant pitcher Nate Dierickx came away with the one-hit shutout, sending 10 Indians to the pines on strikes.

It was Camanche’s only shutout loss of the season.

“He was able to control both sides of the plate,” Cochran said about the lefty. “I don’t know if we were ready for that pitch that was on the inner half. Our first three batters struck out and I feel like it was something we hadn’t really seen. He did a heck of a job tonight.”

The one hit of the night came off the bat of Brayden Lodge. Mason Byrns reached base twice on balls, but not much else happened for the Indians.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats strung together a total of 10 hits off of three different Camanche pitchers.

Brayden Lodge toed the rubber to start the game, followed by Mason McManus and then Logan Shaw. Lodge and McManus both had one earned run a piece, while the third run scored off of a fielding error.

On top of that, they all got the Indians out of jams in separate Indians. Twice the Wildcats had the bases loaded, but the pitching staff wiggled their way out of it unscathed.

“They kept us in this ballgame,” Cochran said about his pitching staff. “It definitely could have been worse, they got us out of a couple of jams. Our pitchers deserve a lot of credit, it’s what held us in a lot of games this year.”

The two were knotted in a scoreless tie until the third, when Durant put up it’s first run. They scored again in the fourth inning and then off the fielding error in the sixth.

Overall, it just wasn’t the performance the Indians wanted to kick off the postseason.

“I think our hitters were getting more tense, and they carried that over to the field a little bit,” Cochran said.

“It’s been a crazy year with all the stuff that’s been going on. The layoffs that these kids had. We never really got into a real rhythm offensively and it kind of showed tonight.”

The Indians graduate a handful of seniors: Caleb Delzell, Ethan Buckley, Nolan Baker, Mason McManus, Baily Rettikiowski and Brady Rettikiowski. They finish the 2020 season 10-5.

River Hawks walk off in district semis

MILES – With some flare, the Easton Valley baseball team stayed undefeated through the district semifinals on Tuesday night.

The River Hawks trailed Calamus-Wheatland 1-0 when they went into the seventh inning. To start the inning, a pop up to short centerfield landed in the grass, and the River Hawks capitalized. They followed it up with another single and then a bunt to load the bases with no outs.

Conor Gruver came up to the plate and knocked out a single, scoring two runners to give the River Hawks a walkoff 2-1 victory over the Warriors.

The game was a pitcher’s duel between Easton Valley senior Nate Trenkamp and Cal-Wheat’s Caleb Banowetz to start off, with no one plating a run until the fifth inning. The Warriors put up their only score in the top of the fifth, walking in one run when the bases were loaded.

The Easton Valley baseball team (14-0) will be playing North Cedar this Saturday in the district final after the Knights knocked out No. 5 Alburnett Tuesday night. That game was originally scheduled to be played at Alburnett, but will now be in Miles. 

MONDAY, JUNE 13

Irish bow out after battle with Pirates

ALBURNETT – The one-win Prince of Peace baseball team did their best against a No. 5 ranked Alburnett squad, but couldn’t muster quite enough offense, bowing out of the postseason in a 10-4 loss on Monday.

The Irish had seen Alburnett just last Wednesday, falling 20-3 and 16-0. First year head coach Skylar Sanford knew he had to save the pitches for his top arms heading into a postseason game on Saturday.

Saturday’s game was postponed due to weather, but the Irish traveled to Alburnett Monday night for the first round.

The Pirates plated seven runs in teh first inning, putting the Irish behind quickly. They worked to put up runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh, but never cut the lead to less than six.

Gage Ruden finished with two RBI, while Kyle Sager led the Irish with two hits. Kyle Sager pitched the first two outs of the game but was relieve by Kyler Wallace, who pitched through the fifth. Eric Berry finished out the game.

The Irish finish the season 1-12 and say goodbye to seniors Gage Ruden and Evan Tiesman.

Northeast blanked in district loss

DURANT – The Northeast baseball team ended their season on Monday night, falling 7-0 to Durant on the road.

The shutout loss was originally scheduled to be played on Saturday, but was rained out and postponed to Monday night.

The Rebels finish the season 2-10 and say goodbye to seniors Dakota Stevenson and Riley Wolfe.