Lucas Larson, senior shortstop, drove in all 4 J-Hawk runs Wednesday night to defeat the Davenport Central Blue Devils 4-2. The win required a compelete team effort, and many J-Hawks rose to the occassion. Junior Tyler Davidson made his first Varsity start on the mound. He was excellent, pitching 6 1/3 innings, surrenduring only 2 runs in the 2nd inning, and stayed efficient throughout the night while earning the win. Colton Knox came in for the final 2 outs and shut the door for his first Save of the season. The J-Hawk bats were steady through the first several innings, occupying many bases but never driving them in. Meanwhile, in the 3rd inning Manny Olutunde had to be replaced by Tyler Konigsmark by injury. Konigsmark did not miss a beat. Immediately as a defensive replacement, he made 2 spectacular diving grabs on low line drives. He then caught the final fly ball out of the inning to complete the inning trifecta. Finally, the bats came alive in the 5th and 6th innings. Larson hit a sacrifice fly ball in the 5th. In the 6th, Cam Frazier sparked the J-Hawks, and led off with a single. Colton Knox sacrificed him over. Brayden Frazier hit another single, and Spencer Van Scoyoc was walked to load the bases. Down 2-1, Larson stepped up in a big way again, driving a big double to left-center to clear the bases. Overall, the J-Hawks would finally get the timely hit, and finish the game with no errors.
In the JV game, the J-Hawks jumped to a 1-0 lead and held it until the 4th. They would surrender 9 runs in the final 3 innings to fall 9-1. Zach Szabo would have the lone hit of the night, as he also pitched a scorless inning to start the game. Zeb Render and Brock Hunt would also pitch scoreless innings.
The J-Hawks will turn around and play Thursday night at Cedar Rapids Washington for a Sophomore/Varsity doubleheader. Sophomores will start at 5:00, while Varsity will start after (estimated 7:00). Remember, Friday night's game versus Washington will be at Veteran's Memorial Stadium, home of the Kernels.