CALAMUS — Some early offense gave the Calamus-Wheatland baseball team a lead it would not relinquish in Friday’s non-conference tilt with Tipton.
The Warriors collected six of their seven hits in the first two frames to build a 5-0 lead in an eventual 7-3 victory over the Tigers.
Cal-Wheat pitcher Tyler Rowold helped his own cause in the first inning, staking himself to a 2-0 lead after driving in both Hunter Rickels and Magnus Sands with a double.
That advantage continued to grow in the second inning.
Brian Forret led off the inning with a single and took second on a groundout before Connor Scheer added his own single.
Chase Knoche walked to load the bases and Rickels drove in Forret with a sacrifice fly.
Caleb Banowetz followed with a single to bring in Scheer, and the Warriors successfully pulled off a double steal to score Knoche and make it 5-0.
Tipton got a run back in the third and crept even closer with a two-run fourth inning, but Cal-Wheat answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning.
Banowetz drove in Knoche, who had reached on an error, while Brant Boeckmann’s sacrifice fly scored Rickels, who had walked.
Rowold went the distance on the mound, spreading out nine hits and allowing three runs — none of them earned — while striking out two batters.
Banowetz accounted for three of the Warriors’ seven hits and drove in two runs. Rowold also had two RBIs, while Knoche and Rickels paced Cal-Wheat (27-3 overall, 23-1 in Tri-Rivers play) with two runs apiece.