After two rainouts and a five day break, the J-Hawks picked up where they left off last week and put up another non-conference win. This time they took a two hour trip to Des Moines East, within sight of the state capital and only two miles away from Principal Park. The J-Hawks jumped on the Scarlets early with catcher Caleb Stekl racking a solid two out single to score two in the first inning. They kept up the pressure in the second inning loading the bases. However, they could not push across a run in the second or the third inning. Meanwhile, the Scarlets scored a run in the first and then created a big inning in the third scoring three more off of starter Colton Knox. The bottom of the J-Hawks lineup showed their abilities, bunting baserunners around and setting up for a three run inning in response to take a 5-4 lead. From there, Knox would buckle down and face the minimum nine batters in his final three innings of work. Solid defense worked behind him, including a pickoff at second base, a runner caught stealing by Stekl, and a spectacular backhanded play by shortstop Lucas Larson capped off by an acrobatic jump, catch, and putout at first by firstbaseman Zeb Render. Holding on to a one run lead, the bottom half of the lineup stepped up again to open up the game. Stekl led off with a double, followed by pinch hitter Manny Olutunde knocking a solid single up the middle. Sacrifices by Konigsmark and Frazier scored two more. Colton Knox would reach base again, and Jared Eivins would knock in courtesy runner Tyler Fowler from first base with a double to cap off a three run inning. Lefty Sam Meyer came in to finish the game and struck out two batters, sitting all three he faced down in a total of 8 pitches. Another team win, a good test in Des Moines against a scrappy Des Moines East team, and a trip to Zombie burger kicked off the week in the right way for the J-Hawks.
In the JV game, the J-Hawks were downed 10-0. Tyler Fowler and Jacob Barrera both had hits for the J-Hawks, while Brayden Frazier struck out three in a scoreless third inning and Zach Weger also pitched a scoreless inning.