Colton Reiter’s walk-off single lifts Cyclones over Wapsie Valley
By Sean Kiefer
Images provided by The Scrappy Trib

It was all set up for Colton Reiter. Bottom of the 7th inning, two outs, bases loaded, and all of the pressure on him. Colton hit a fly ball into the gap and brought in two runs to win game one of the doubleheader against Wapsie Valley on June 6.

Overall, this was a great comeback by Denver after being down two runs heading into the bottom of the 6th inning — a great effort and fight from both teams. This win pushed the Cyclones’ win streak to two after a split doubleheader against Jesup.

Bryce Phelps got the nod to start for the Cyclones against Wapsie Valley and overall did very well. Wapsie Valley would use anything they could, whether it be catching the Cyclones off guard or exploiting errors. Connor Franzen, Tanner Blaylock, and Ethan Oltrogge of the Warriors all brought in a run to make the score 3-0 at the end of the 1st inning. Blaylock contained the Cyclones for several innings to come, with strikeouts and help from a tough Warrior defense. Phelps for the Cyclones struck out five batters for the next four innings to contain the Warriors and allowed no more runs.

The Cyclones eventually responded in the bottom of the 5th inning with an RBI double from Phelps to make the score 3-1. #20 Zach Miller followed that up with an RBI single to centerfield to make the score 3-2 at the end of the 5th inning. Braden Powers relieved Phelps in the 6th inning and did pretty well. Oltrogge would be the only run given up by Powers after a bunt turned into a double following a throwing error to first. Colton Reiter shortened the Warrior lead after an RBI single to shortstop to make the score 4-3.

The Cyclones made a quick 1-2-3 inning in the top of the 7th and began their comeback. Warrior’s Tyler Ott came in to pitch with a lot of pressure to keep the lead for Wapsie Valley. Brock Farley hit a single to centerfield and had Zander Norman pinch run for him to get things going. Zach Miller was walked and Connor Smith lay down a bunt that advanced the runners to 2nd and 3rd. Nathan Eggena was intentionally walked, and Braden Powers went down swinging. This left Colton Reiter to finish the job and win it for the Cyclones. He delivered, sending a high fly ball to the gap that would drop and bring in two runners to win the game 5-4.
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