COUNCIL BLUFFS – For the second year in a row, the Essex/South Page Trojan baseball team saw its season end at St. Albert against the host school.
The Falcons earned a 15-0 win, Saturday, July 13, in a Class 1A District Quarterfinal that was called after four innings due to the run-rule.
Essex/South Page starting pitcher Eli Drennen held the Hawkeye 10 Conference’s Falcons to one run in the first inning, but St. Albert added four in the second and 10 in the third to earn the victory.
The Trojans managed three hits against Ethan Bernard, St. Albert’s top pitcher. Daniel Ohnmacht doubled in his final game as a Trojan. Philip Franks and Wesley Johnson also had hits as Essex/South Page’s season ended at 2-14.
Drennen lasted 2 2/3 innings on the mound. He gave up five hits and 11 runs, five earned, while walking two and striking out one. Tucker Hadden came on to pitch in the third and recorded the final out, but not before giving up four unearned runs.
The Falcons improved to 22-13 and advanced to a district semifinal, Tuesday, July 16 at home against AHSTW.
Ohnmacht, Luke Dalley and Jake Gray all played their last game for the Trojans. The two South Page students, Drennen and Mason McClarnon, also played their last game for the program as the baseball season marked the end of Essex and South Page’s athletic sharing agreement.
Additionally, Trojans coach Jay Soderberg coached his final game after serving as the baseball, girls basketball and golf coach at Essex. He left the district at the end of the school year to take a teaching position in Shenandoah.