Denver scores 5 in the 7th to beat Union 8-3
By Sean Kiefer
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It has always been said that the game of baseball comes down to the final inning, and that was proven right. The Denver Cyclone baseball team was able to score five runs in the 7th inning to set themselves above Union, 8-3, on June 24 in LaPorte City.

The Cyclones got off to a quick start in the first inning with hits from Bryce Phelps, Layne Fober, and Brock Farley, who also brought in a run to bring the score to 1-0. The Cyclones scored another run after a double play took place to make the score 2-0 heading into the bottom of the first. Connor Smith contained the Knights for the first two innings with two strikeouts and only one hit allowed.

The Cyclones scored again in the third with an RBI ground-out from Zach Miller, putting the Cyclones at 3 and the Knights at 0. The Knights happened to score in the 3rd as well, with Clayton Sparks stealing home after a wild pitch, making the score 3-1.

Union struck again with another run in the 4th after Hunter Heitmann singled to shallow center and brought in Alex Kiler, making the deficit only one run with the score 3-2. Union pitcher Anthony Kiler and Denver pitcher Connor Smith contained each other’s offenses, resulting in several scoreless innings.

However, on the bottom of the 6th, the Knights tied the game with a single from Henry Powers at 3-3.

Phelps was brought in to finish Smith’s work, and he did it by striking out the next three batters to get out of the inning. With no more guaranteed innings, the Cyclones knew they needed to act then, and act they did.

The Cyclones scored their first run of the 7th inning with a single to shallow centerfield from Phelps that brought in Cale Neuendorf and made the score 4-3. Fober added to that with a double to deep left field that brought in Phelps and put the score at 5-3. A few at-bats later, Smith hit a ground ball single between first and second to make the score 6-3.
To follow that up, Nathan Eggena hit a ground ball to third that got by the third baseman and brought in a run to make the score 7-3.

Colton Reiter ended the Cyclones’ 5-run inning with a ground ball single to third base that made the score 8-3. Phelps closed out the game by striking out one batter and grounding out the other two.

In a post-game interview with Cyclone varsity baseball Head Coach Dustin Rewerts, he said, “In the 7th inning, we did what we couldn’t do in the other 6 innings. We didn’t leave runners on base and we made sure to score runs.”

He added, “I thought we played really solid tonight. Connor Smith did a great job pitching and Bryce Phelps did a good job coming in in a tight spot. Overall, we played a great game and I thought we hit the ball well and played defense really well.” This was game one of a double header.
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