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|Cal-Wheat boys face off with Alburnett, Clinton|
By Ross Eberhart
An early lead was not all that it was cracked up to be for the Calamus-Wheatland baseball team in Monday's doubleheader opener with Alburnett.
The Warriors struck right away for a run in the top of the first, but it was an advantage that did not last as the Pirates scored the game's next six runs in an eventual 7-2 victory.
Before Cal-Wheat had an opportunity to avenge its loss in the nightcap, stormy weather arrived on the scene and the second contest was postponed (the make-up date is scheduled for July 2).
Freshman Garrett Rickels led off the game by drawing a walk and then proceeded to steal second base.
Alburnett came back with two-straight outs, but then committed an error on Brett Kelting's hit, which allowed Rickels to come home and Cal-Wheat to open a 1-0 lead.
The Pirates came back and tied things up in the second before taking the lead with a three-run third inning.
Two more Alburnett runs in the fourth made it 6-1, and the Warriors needed to rally.
Cal-Wheat did get a run back in the fifth from Justin Schwennen, as the junior doubled and later scored to get the Warriors back on the board.
Alburnett, though, answered with its own run in the sixth and that proved to be the last of the scoring (Cole Moeller and Rickels both advanced into scoring position in the seventh, but the Pirates got out of trouble with a groundout).
The Warriors finished with seven hits in the game with Kelting, Kolton Steward and Schwennen all coming up with two (the seventh hit came from Zach Poell).
Rickels and Schwennen both scored in the game with the former Warrior coaxing two walks (senior Brendan Williams also earned a free pass).
Two days after taking on the 14-1 Pirates, Cal-Wheat faced another challenge with a road game against 4A state semifinalist Clinton.
The Warriors got a complete game by senior Josh Poell, who allowed just six hits, but Clinton was efficient, using those hits, five walks and two hit batsmen to plate six, and four River King pitchers combined to keep Cal-Wheat off the scoreboard in a 6-0 Clinton victory.
The River Kings jumped in front with two runs in the first, but Cal-Wheat threatened right away in the top of the second.
Steward got things rolling with a one-out single and Z. Poell and Darick Dunham followed with back-to-back walks to load the bases.
Clinton, though, answered with a strikeout and then got out of the inning unscathed after a fly-out.
The momentum carried into the bottom of the inning with the River Kings tacking on two more runs to their lead.
Cal-Wheat would put runners in scoring position in three other innings - Lucas Daehn singled and stole second in the third; Steward walked, stole second and reached third on a River King error in the fourth; and Rickels walked and stole second in the fifth - but could not get that big hit to bring in a run.
Daehn, Steward and Schwennen all had hits for the Warriors, while Rickels drew two walks (Steward, Z. Poell and Dunham also walked in the game).
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