BY PCC STAFF
DONNELLSON – Central Lee wrapped up the regular season with a 10-0 six-inning win over Keokuk Wednesday night.
A four-run first was all the Hawks needed to end the regular season on a winning note. The first six hitters reached base led by a Jadon Hawk double to right field scoring two.
With no outs, Evan Pohren would hit a fly ball that would be mishandled by the Chief’s center fielder allowing Hawk to come around and score for a 3-0 lead. Adam Boeck was called out on a close play at second trying to tag up. Alex Sandoval would then sacrifice Taylor Eschman on a fly out to center before Keokuk got out of the inning.
TJ Stutes was holding the Chiefs scoreless but allowed runners in each inning, and gave up back-to-back walks in the second before getting a fly out to retire the side. He had the bases loaded in the top of the third with two out, but a line drive out on 3-1 count to left ended the inning stranding all three. Boeck would come on in the top of the fourth to close it out for the Hawks.
Central would add two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Stutes walked and Stueker followed with a single to left moving Stutes to third. Hawk would then reach on an infield single scoring Stutes and moving Stueker up to second.
Simmons would make it three in a row with an RBI single to left scoring Stueker. Boeck and Pohren would follow with pop up outs to end the inning with Central in command 6-0.
With the Hawks putting up a run in the seventh on a Boeck RBI single, and Boeck keeping things clean for Central Lee on the mound, the Hawks put the game away in the bottom of the sixth getting three runs invoking the 10-run rule.
Central Lee loaded the bases with one out when Boeck singled in Hawk for a 8-0 lead. Pohren would reach on an error and Alex Sandoval would draw a walk. Kody Sapp the slapped 3-0 count into right field scoring Boeck and Pohren and moving Sandoval to third.
Gus Overstreet would then single to center but Sandoval was held at third, leaving the bases loaded with one out. Stutes would strike out looking before Stueker drew a walk to score the 10th run and end the game.
Hawk was 2 for 4 on the day with a double, 3RBI and two runs scored, Simmons went 2 for 3, with an RBI and Stueker was 1 for 2, with an RBI and two runs scored. Boeck went 1 for 2, with an RBI and run, Kody Sapp was 1 for 3 with 2 RBI and Overstreet went 1 for 2.
Boeck went three innings without a run on one hit, striking out five. Stutes’ line was 3 IP, 3 hits, 1K, 3 BB, and no runs.
For Keokuk, Miller Giesler went 2 for 3, Josh Wills was 1 for 3, and Jordan Sisk went 1 for 3. Wills pitched five innings giving up two runs on six hits and six walks while fanning two. Giesler didn’t record an out, giving up four runs, three unearned on one hit and four walks for the Chiefs. Cam Roberts pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up four runs, none earned, on three hits and two walks, while striking out one.
Keokuk stands at 0-14 on the year, while the Hawks wrap things up with a 9-1 regular season mark, 4-1 in the Southeast Iowa Superconference South Division, with district play starting Saturday. The Hawks have a first round bye and will start the post season Monday against either West Burlington or Van Buren at 7 p.m. in Donnellson.
Keokuk has a game Thursday at Davis County and Friday at Van Buren, both 7 p.m. starts before district play begins July 17th at Davenport’s Modern Woodmen Park with a 7 p.m. game against Davenport Assumption.