To open MVC Conference play, the J-Hawks and the Iowa City West Trojans split in a doubleheader Monday night, both games being decided by only one run. The J-Hawks took the first game 3-2, with the Trojans winning the second 5-4.
Spencer Van Scoyoc took the mound in the first game. Although he allowed an early run in the 1st and another in the 3rd inning, he shut the door on the Trojans in the final 4 innings, giving up no runs. Only one run was earned as he threw his second complete game (first 7 inning complete game) of the season. Spencer finished with 11 K's. The bats, although quiet most of the night, put together a 3 run 2nd inning that made the difference. Lucas Larson led off with a double, followed by a Caleb Stekl walk, and a great sacrifice bunt down the 1st base line by Manny Olutunde. DH Brayden Frazier drove in a run, while his older brother Cam Frazier then hit a sac fly to score Stekl. Stekl threw out two runners behind the plate in the first game.
In the second, Connor Van Scoyoc made his second start of the season. He took the loss as he allowed 3 earned runs over 3 and 2/3 innings. Tyler Konigsmark and Jarred Wood followed, shutting down the Trojans the rest of the way. The J-Hawk bats were fairly silent most of the game until the 5th and 6th innings. Colton Knox and Jared Eivins scored in the 5th inning, while Jacob Beaton, running for Caleb Stekl, scored in the 6th. Jared Eivins would have an excellent game hitting, and nearly tied it up in the 7th. Eivins, on a 3-1 count, would sky a ball into deep centerfield. The centerfielder lost it in the lights. The ball would reappear on the warning track as it one hopped the fence. As the ball was thrown by the centerfielder, Eivins was waved to third base, looking towards an easy triple. At this time the centerfielder had overthrown his cutoff man and the ball was rolling to third base. Unfortunately, the ball rolled to the third baseman right when Eivins was passing him and was tagged out. Eivins would finish the game 4-4 with 2 doubles. Colton Knox finished this game 2-3 with a run.
The J-Hawks are now 3-3 with a 1-1 record in conference play. Their next game is a JV/V match at Davenport Central. Davenport Central is another tough ranked opponent. Jefferson also plays Cedar Rapids Washington Thursday and Friday nights in Sophomore/Varsity doubleheaders. A reminder, Friday night's game will be played at Veteran's Memorial Stadium, home of the Cedar Rapids Kernels.