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home : sports : sports Friday, June 24, 2016

6/26/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Cal-Wheat pitcher John Diercks prepares to deliver a pitch during the first game of a doubleheader between Cal-Wheat and Logan-Magnolia. The senior allowed just four Panther hits in the game and also had two hits, while driving in three runs in the Warriors’ 7-0 win. Photos by Ross Eberhart
East meets west in Warriors' twinbill with Panthers
The Calamus-Wheatland baseball team has never hesitated to take on new challenges.

Even ones coming from nearly 300 miles away.

In a unique doubleheader, Saturday afternoon, the Warriors hosted fellow 1A squad Logan-Magnolia - a team that plays its home games less than 30 minutes away from the Missouri River.

The Panthers, though, decided to take a weekend trip to the other side of the state. Thursday night they played at Central Lee in Donnellson (a town located west of Fort Madison) and took part in a doubleheader a day later with Mount Pleasant before finishing things off with the twinbill against Cal-Wheat.

The Warriors were not exactly the most pleasant hosts either, especially in game one, as Cal-Wheat cruised to a 7-0 win. The Panthers, though, earned a measure of revenge in the second game in a wild 9-7 victory that saw a Warrior rally come up just short.

After a scoreless first inning in the opener, Cal-Wheat opened a lead in the second that they would never relinquish.

Austin Houzenga opened the frame with a single and his courtesy runner, Lucas Daehn, stole second. Two batters later, Daehn would score on a double steal with Nick Costello and it was 1-0.

The Warriors added another run in the third - Christian Hansen singled, was sacrificed over to second and scored on a double by John Diercks - before breaking things open with three runs in the fourth.

All three runs came with two outs. Brandon Snowbarger drew a walk to get things rolling and stole second before scoring on a double by Hansen. Danny Solis followed with a single and both Warriors scored on a single by Diercks.

Cal-Wheat finished off the scoring with two runs in the sixth. Solis drew a one-out walk and stole second before scoring on a single by Nick Houzenga. A. Houzenga followed with his own run-scoring hit to make it 7-0.

That was plenty of run support for Diercks, who earned his third win of the season by allowing just four Logan-Magnolia hits and striking out five with one walk.

Diercks was also one of three Warriors (Hansen and A. Houzenga the others) with two hits in the game and the senior drove in a team-best three runs. Hansen and Solis both scored two runs in the game with the former also knocking in a run.

The Panthers struck for two runs right away in the second game and then added runs in the fourth and fifth to extend their advantage to 5-0.

Cal-Wheat got on the board in the bottom of the fifth as Garrett Rickels doubled, Snowbarger was hit by a pitch and Solis singled to load the bases for Diercks, who was also plunked by a pitch to bring in Rickels.

The score remained 5-1 until a frantic seventh inning.

Logan-Magnolia appeared to put the game under wraps with four more runs in the top of the inning, but the Warriors answered back in a big way.

With one out, Snowbarger singled and so did Zach Poell before Solis loaded the bases with own his hit. Diercks was up next and reached on an error to score Snowbarger.

The Panthers got a second out, but A. Houzenga drew a walk with the bases still loaded to bring in a run. Nolan Christensen coaxed a walk as well and it was 9-4.

The Warriors were not done. Daehn pinched hit and reached on an infield single to score Diercks, while Rickels, in his second at-bat of the inning, added his own single to plate A. Houzenga.

Snowbarger made it three hits in a row and Christensen scored to make it 9-7 with the bases still loaded. The Panthers, though, got a strikeout to end the Warriors' improbable rally.

Solis went 3-for-4 at the plate with a run, while Rickels and Snowbarger added two hits apiece. Diercks drove in two runs, while A. Houzenga, Christensen, Daehn, Rickels and Snowbarger all had one RBI and one run.

Christensen earned the hard-luck loss despite not allowing a single earned run in four innings of work (Cal-Wheat committed six errors in the game). Rickels pitched the final three innings in relief.

The doubleheader came less than 24 hours after the Warriors picked up a strong non-conference victory on the road against Wilton.

The game was back-and-forth early, but Cal-Wheat scored the contest's final five runs in a 9-5 victory.

The Warriors scored right away in the first (A. Houzenga knocked in Diercks with an RBI-single), but the Beavers came back with three runs in the bottom of the inning.

Not to be outdone, Cal-Wheat tied things up in the second. Snowbarger drew a walk with two outs and so did Hansen before Diercks knocked them both in with a double.

This time, the Beavers had no answer and the Warriors pulled back in front with a run in the third despite not collecting a hit.

Justin Alden drew a walk and stole second. The senior advanced to third on a groundout and then scored on a passed ball.

The lead flipped right back to Wilton in the bottom of the inning as two Beaver runs made it 5-4.

Wilton, though, would not score again and Cal-Wheat took the lead for good with a three-run fourth.

Snowbarger got things rolling with a single and advanced to second on an error. Hansen drew a walk before N. Houzenga drove in Snowbarger with a big two-out double. Alden followed with a single to center to plate Hansen and Houzenga and it was 7-5.

Cal-Wheat added two final runs in the sixth, highlighted by a delayed double steal by A. Houzenga and Alden that scored the latter.

Wilton made one final threat by loading the bases in the seventh, but a fly-out to right gave the Warriors a 9-5 win.

Diercks had three hits, including two doubles, and three RBIs to pace the Warrior offense, while Alden had two hits, scored two runs and drove in two more.

Hansen scored three times with Snowbarger adding two runs.

Alden also picked up the win on the mound. The senior pitched four innings in relief and did not allow a run, while striking out eight batters and walking three. Josh Poell made the start and allowed just two earned runs, while striking two batters

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