SHENANDOAH – The Shenandoah Mustangs finished with just two hits against three Lewis Central pitchers in a doubleheader sweep for the Titans 15-0 and 6-0, Thursday, June 13.
The Mustangs had just one hit against Jake Powell and Nolan Miller in the first game, a 15-0 Titan win in five innings. JC Dermody gave up just one hit in a complete game win in the nightcap.
Mustang pitching held Lewis Central to five hits and six runs in the second game and they did it with two youngsters making their varsity pitching debuts.
Freshman Logan Dickerson pitched the first four innings and gave up five hits and five runs, four earned, while walking one and striking out one in four innings. Eighth grader Blake Herold followed with two no-hit innings. He did walk two and hit a batter, giving up an earned run.
“We threw two kids that hadn’t thrown varsity ever and they did a good job,” Shenandoah coach Brett Roberts said. “They showed us that we can throw them and look for spots to put them back on the varsity mound. They battled and were competitors. I’m happy with what I saw out of those two.”
Powell and Jordan Wardlow homered for Lewis Central in the second game while Jonah Pomrenke added two RBIs.
Kyle Cerven had the only Mustang hit, which didn’t come until the seventh inning.
Cerven reached base twice, walking in the fourth. Dermody walked two and had two errors behind him.
The Titan bats came out incredibly hot in the first game against Mustang starting pitcher Devin Morelock. The first six reached on four hits, including three doubles. Lewis Central scored eight runs on seven hits and sent 12 to the plate in the first inning.
The Titans scored six more runs on six hits in the second inning, including a three-run home run by Britton Bond. Lewis Central brought 10 to the plate in that inning.
Brody Owen pitched the final three innings for the Mustangs and gave up six hits and one earned run. He struck out two.
Cerven again had the only Shenandoah hit, a double to lead off the fourth. AJ Herold took a walk and a Titan error produced the only other baserunners of the game.
“They did a good job keeping us off-balanced,” Roberts said on Lewis Central’s pitching, “but we didn’t have good approaches. It’s something we have been trying to work on and it wasn’t very good. We got cheated too many times with no strikes. We’ll continue to work on it.”
Several pictures from the doubleheader can be seen at valleynewstoday.com.
The losses dropped the Mustangs to 3-10 overall and 2-8 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference.
Lewis Central’s winning streak extended to 10 games with the wins. They are now 12-3 on the season and 9-0 in the conference.