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home : sports : sports Wednesday, May 25, 2016

7/3/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
A pair of Warriors had big nights at the plate during Thursday’s doubleheader with Midland, as John Diercks (left) hit a home run in both games of the twinbill, while Kolton Steward (right) joined him with his first career homer in the nightcap. Of course, the duo had plenty of help as they were two of 11 different Warriors who scored in the sweep. Photos by Ross Eberhart
Everybody lends a hand in Warriors' wins over Midland

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

It was a true team effort for the Calamus-Wheatland baseball team during a doubleheader with Midland, Thursday night.

Eleven different Warrior players scored during the two games and nine Cal-Wheat players had hits as the hosts overwhelmed Midland with wins of 12-2 and 9-3.

Nine Warriors scored runs in the first game alone as Cal-Wheat steadily built an advantage before ending things with a five-run sixth inning.

John Diercks set the tone for the rest of the night all the way in the first inning as he got a hold of a 2-0 pitch and smashed it over the wall in left field for a two-run home run (Christian Hansen also scored on the hit after he walked to lead off the frame).

The Warriors added another run in the second as Garrett Rickels reached on an infield single and then took second on a passed ball before scoring on a single by Kolton Steward.

Midland kept the Warriors within reach with individual runs in the third and fourth innings, but Cal-Wheat began to pile on the runs late.

Up 4-2, the Warriors struck for three runs in the fifth.

Austin Houzenga kicked things off by reaching on an error with one out and the very next batter, Nolan Christensen, knocked him in with a single to left.

Midland got a second out, but Steward singled to score Christensen and then touched home himself on an RBI-single by Lucas Daehn and the lead was now 7-2.

The Warriors wrapped the game up an inning later.

Midland got a groundout to open the frame, but that proved to be the game's final out as the next six Warrior batters reached base to invoke the 10-run mercy rule.

Diercks followed the groundout by reaching on an error and Justin Alden did the same. Houzenga, meanwhile, drew a walk and the bases were loaded for Christensen, who also earned a free pass to score Diercks' courtesy runner, Brendan Williams.

With the bases still loaded, Rickels smacked a single to left, scoring two more runs, while Steward legged out an infield single to plate Christensen.

That brought up Daehn, who hit a flare into shallow center. Rickels scored on the hit for the final run of the game in a 12-2 victory.

Both Steward and Daehn had three hits in the game and the two Warriors drove in five combined runs.

Rickels added two hits, two runs and two RBIs, while Christensen and Diercks joined him with two RBIs (both of Diercks' came on the two-run homer). Alden and Christensen had two runs as well with Hansen, Diercks, Houzenga, Steward, Riley Rowold and Williams also scoring in the game.

Diercks earned the win on the mound, allowing just four Midland hits and two runs, while striking out three batters.

Cal-Wheat picked up right where it left off in the second game, scoring three early runs.

Hansen led things off with a single and Danny Solis added one of his own before Diercks walked to load the bases. Alden was up next and drove in Hansen with a sacrifice fly.

Christensen, meanwhile, reloaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch. Rickels then singled in Solis to make it 2-0.

The Warriors added another run in the second thanks to Diercks, who once again mashed a Midland pitch over the wall in left for a home run.

The senior's second dinger seemed to wake Midland up as the Eagles answered back with two runs in the bottom of the second and another in the third to tie things up.

The score was still knotted at three when the Warrior offense erupted in the top of the sixth inning.

Christensen was plunked by another pitch to begin the stanza and Rickels replaced him on first after a fielder's choice. Steward was up next and he clubbed a Midland pitch over the fence in left for his first career home run.

The long fly broke the tie, but the Warriors were not done. Daehn followed with a single, while Hansen reached on an error.

Solis kept things rolling with a single to plate another run and Diercks walked before Alden knocked in another run with a sacrifice fly. Solis and Diercks scored the last of six runs in the inning and suddenly it was 9-3.

Midland had two batters reach base to start the seventh, but had nothing to show for it and the Warriors brought home their eighth win in 11 games.

Solis was the only Warrior with two hits and the freshman added a pair of runs as well. Hansen and Diercks also scored twice with Steward and Alden both driving in two runs. Steward and Diercks both had home runs in the game.

Alden earned the win on the mound as he, like Diercks, also allowed just four Midland hits. The senior struck out seven batters as well.

Josh Poell pitched the final two innings and did not allow a hit, while striking out two batters.

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