On a cool midsummer night, the J-Hawks took two games from conference opponent Dubuque Wahlert (6-10 overall, 3-5 conference) by scores of 3-1 and 11-2. Both games took on very different forms.
In the first game, Wahlert would push the first run across in the second inning. The J-Hawks answered in the bottom of the second as Manny Olutunde singled to center and Cam Frazier would drive him in with a double. Offensively, Wahlert's pitching kept the J-Hawks off balance for most of the night. Tyler Roeder and Spencer Van Scoyoc hit back to back doubles in the third inning for another run. They would pair up to help push another run across in the fifth with another double by Roeder, Van Scoyoc would be plunked by a pitch, and Lucas Larson stepped up once again with a big double. Both Roeder and Frazier finished with two doubles a piece. Even though Wahlert would pressure the J-Hawks with runners, solid defense snuffed out each opportunity for runs. Spencer Van Scoyoc tossed four innings earning the win, and Jared Eivins pitched an efficient three inning save.
Pitching in the second game by the J-Hawks would be the only similarity between the two games. Tyler Konigsmark earned the win, throwing the first four innings as well in his start. Another efficient three inning save was thrown by Tyler Roeder, as he struck out 5 while allowing no hits. Caleb Stekl would cut down the run game by Wahlert quickly, as he threw out two in the first game and another in the second. The J-Hawks were held scoreless through the first two innings. However, they found their stroke in the third and opened up the floodgates. Cam Frazier would lead off with a double off the wall, nearly clearing the monster. Colton Knox worked a full count before he slammed a two run homerun over the left-center wall. Roeder, Larson, and Stekl all reached base to load it up for Manny Olutunde. He answered the call smoking a liner to left-center for a double and clearing the bases. The J-Hawks picked up in the fourth inning with a Knox single, a Jared Eivins double to score him, and a sacrifice fly by Roeder. Knox would start up the scoring in the 6th again with a single, and Eivins reached base being hit by a pitch. No time was wasted by Roeder, blasting his first varsity home run for three more RBI's. Spencer Van Scoyoc hit a solid single to right to set the table for Olutunde once more. Another sweet swing by Olutunde resulted in a smoking line drive to right-center which sent Van Scoyoc into home. Olutunde used his speed to reach third for a triple. He finished the night with four RBI's and a homerun short of the cycle. Great defense can not be forgotten, as the infield including shortstop Lucas Larson, secondbaseman Tyler Roeder, firstbaseman Colton Knox, and catcher Caleb Stekl cleaned up the field.
The Jefferson J-Hawks bump their win streak to 10, their conference record to a Valley Division leading 7-1, and an overall record of 13-3. Thursday and Friday present 4 more conference games for the J-Hawks, taking on Xavier Thursday and a home doubleheader against Prairie Friday.