BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
WEST POINT – West Burlington jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead and went on to a 13-7 win over Holy Trinity Tuesday night.
Jason Thurman went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a double to lead HTC at the plate. Garrett Hannum went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and Quentin Schneider went 2-for-4 with three runs scored.
Hannum went 3 2/3 innings giving up nine runs, four earned on 10 hits and struck out four. Zander Schweiss came on in relief going 3 1/3 allowing four runs on five hits and struck out two.
HTC had runners on first and second with no outs in the bottom of the first, but Reed Fehseke flew out to deep right field and Collin Thornton hit into a fielders choice at second, before Vason Thurman fanned to end the threat.
The Falcons started the game with four out of the first five hitters getting to Hannum, including RBI doubles by Daniel Crooks and Colton Hohenthaner. Jacob Fritz and Masin Shullaw each had RBI singles before HTC retired the side.
After Hannum settled holding the Falcons scoreless in the second, the Crusaders got back in the game in the bottom of the second. Kadin Medland singled to right to start the inning and following a Cole Thornton strike out, Hannum singled to right moving Medland to second. Schweiss grounded out to first. Schneider reached on an error that scored Medland and Hannum and then Schneider came around to score on Fehseke’s double down the line in right field. Collin Thornton then lined out to Crooks on the mound to end the inning with HTC 4-3.
HTC would get two more runs in the fourth on a Jason Thurman two RBI double to right center. Thurman would advance on a wild pitch. Fehseke grounded out to short before Collin Thornton and Vason Thurman would draw walks to load the bases with two outs. Medland then struck out to end the inning.
West Burlington hit through the lineup in the fourth, plating five more runs including a two RBI double by Shullaw to left. The Falcons would tack on four more in the top of the fifth with Fritz, Tyler Dameron and Crooks each scoring their third run of the game.
The Crusaders would nibble at the 13-5 lead with a run each in the sixth by Schneider and seventh by Hannum.
The Crusaders face in Fort Madison tonight in an 8 p.m. varsity only contest.