South Winn, Denver split in doubleheader
By Sean Kiefer
Images provided by The Scrappy Trib

The Denver Cyclones baseball team came up just short of an amazing comeback against the South Winneshiek Warriors in game one of the doubleheader on June 7 at Johnson Field.

The Cyclones were down five runs heading into the bottom of the 7th inning, and, after scoring four and loading the bases, a flyout would end the game and stop the amazing comeback.

In the first inning, the Cyclone defense helped keep the Warriors from scoring. Kody Kleve and Jaron Todd helped keep the bases loaded for the Warriors, but the Cyclones were able to get out of the jam after a fly ball was hit to 2nd base.

For the Cyclones, they were able to only get one run from Zach Miller with a ground ball single to 2nd base, making the score 1-0. Connor Smith got the bases loaded for the Cyclones again, but the Warriors retired the inning with a strikeout and a ground-out. The Warriors responded in the top of the third inning with an RBI single from Seth Greve to tie the game at 1-1.

The Cyclones scored again in the bottom of the fourth inning after Nathan Eggena got in scoring position from stealing second to be brought in by Cale Neundorf to make the score 2-1. Pitcher Brock Farley made quick work of the South Winneshiek batters until the top of the 6th inning when Ethan Luzum scored a 3 RBI double to give the Warriors the lead 4-2.

Farley finished the night with a total of 10 strikeouts after Trevan Reiter was put in to relieve for him in the top of the 7th inning. The Warriors put insurance runs on the board with another 3 RBI double, this time from Nick Holien to put the Warriors up 7-2 heading into the bottom of the 7th inning.

The Cyclones began their comeback with an RBI single from Farley and an RBI single from Smith to make the score 7-4. Zander Norman, who was pinch running for Brock, stole home after a wild pitch to make the score 7-5.

Nathan Eggena grounded out to the shortstop but brought in a run to make the score 7-6 with runners in scoring position. Neundorf hit a great drive into left field, but the fielder got under it and ended the game with a Warrior win of 7-6 over the Cyclones.

The doubleheader was split between the two teams once the night was over, South Winneshiek taking the first game 7-6 and Denver taking the second game 3-0.
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