Denver baseball takes win against Columbus 7-3
By Sean Kiefer
Images Provided by The Scrappy Trib

With the post season just around the corner, the Denver Cyclone baseball team had one last regular season game before the road to state. On July 10, the Denver Cyclones took on the Columbus Sailors and showed a formidable offense and defense on the field, especially late in the game, which led to their victory of 7-3.

In the first few innings, the Cyclones and Sailors went back and forth, with Cale Neuendorf leading the Cyclone defense and John Rausch leading the Sailor defense on the mound. The first big hits weren’t made until the bottom of the second inning, when Joe Dunlay brought in a run with his single that made the score 1-0 in Columbus’s favor. The Sailors would add to this lead in the next inning after Connor Knudtson singled and stole his way all around the bases, including home, making the score 2-0 with the Sailors up.

The Cyclones would turn the tide in the top of the 4th when their offense started to pick up the pace. Bryce Phelps would be the Cyclones’ first run of the night after he doubled and was advanced to third by Nathan Eggena’s bunt and stole home. Layne Fober would bring in another run with a bunt that brought in Eggena and made the score tied at 2 apiece. Will Curtis would gain the lead for the Cyclones after a double that brought in Fober and made the score 3-2 with the Cyclones ahead.

The Sailors and Cyclones would exchange a few more empty innings until the Sailors tied it up in the bottom of the 6th. After a pitching change to Colton Reiter for the Cyclones, the Cyclones were looking to seal the game. However, after Dunlay for the Sailors advanced his way around to third, and after a balk was called on Reiter, a run was awarded to the Sailors and tied the game up at 3. However, the Cyclones would seal the game in the top of the 7th inning with a big offensive run.

Reiter would score the first run of the inning with a sacrificial fly that would bring in Curtis and make the score 4-3. Phelps would follow this up with a single that brought in Trevan Reiter and made the score 5-3 with the Cyclones up. Neuendorf would score the final 2 runs for the Cyclones with a double that made the final score 7-3. The Sailors would fail to comeback, resulting in a Cyclone win.

In a post-game interview with Cyclone varsity baseball Coach Dustin Rewerts, he said, “It was good to get one more game in before the end of the season; we won against Jesup the other night and against Columbus tonight.”

He added, “It’s not even the fact about winning, more so how we played.”
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