Baxter baseball rallies past Earlham, routs Dunkerton

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Jul. 5—BAXTER — Hits were easy to come by for both Baxter and Earlham during a non-conference baseball game on June 28.

It was the mistakes in the field that turned out to be too much to overcome for the Cardinals.

The Bolts rallied from an early hole thanks in part to seven Earlham errors and downed the Cardinals 8-7 in eight innings.

A pair of errors helped Baxter plate four runs in the sixth to draw even and then the Bolts rallied again with a pair of runs in the eighth to win it.

In the sixth, Ben Richardson laid down a bunt and reached base on an error. Two runs scored on the play and Rory Heer scored from first to make it 6-4 and then Richardson scored on a wild pitch to get the Bolts within one run.

Baxter (6-14) tied the game when Earlham committed another error.

Neither team scored in the seventh and in the eighth, Perrin Sulzle tied the game with an RBI single and Aiden Johnson registered a walk-off, RBI single to win it.

The Bolts were out-hit 14-13 but committed just one error.

Baxter used three pitchers to get through the eight innings.

Cody Damman started and got a no decision after allowing three runs — two earned — on five hits and struck out two in two innings.

Sulzle also was not involved in the decision after tossing 5 2/3 innings and allowing four runs — three earned — on seven hits. He struck out two and walked six.

Cael Wishman got the win after striking out the only batter he faced in the eighth. It was the first win of his varsity career.

Wishman, Sulzle, Richardson and Cody Damman all had two hits to lead the Bolts' offense.

Wishman added one run, one RBI and two hit by pitches, Damman scored two runs and stole two bases and Sulzle registered two RBIs. Richardson scored one run.

Damman finished the season with a team-best .521 batting average and .643 on-base percentage. His 19 runs also led the team.

The other hits came from Cael Shepley, Nate McMinamen, Kolton Hill, Heer and Johnson.

Shepley added one run, one RBI, one walk and one hit by pitch, Heer scored two runs and walked once, McMinamen walked once and Johnson had one RBI. Shepley's 16 RBIs led the team and Heer scored 18 runs this season.

Cade Robinson walked once and scored one run.

Kaden Kasal led Earlham (8-19) with three hits and Ryan Stiles had two triples and three RBIs. Four Cardinals registered two hits.

Baxter 11, Dunkerton 0, 5 innings

BAXTER — Shepley tossed a five-inning complete game shutout against Dunkerton on June 27 during an Iowa Star Conference cross-division matchup.

The Bolts plated three runs in the first, four in the second and three more in the third to win 11-0 in five innings.

Shepley (3-4) struck out nine and allowed just four hits and one walk in the five frames.

Baxter had 11 hits in the win. Heer, Hill and Damman collected two each, Heer added two runs and two steals and Damman chipped in one RBI and one walk. Hill scored one run and stole one base.

Jake Travis, Richardson, Shepley, McMinamen and Wishman all had one hit apiece.

Richardson scored two runs, walked once and had one RBI and Shepley registered three RBIs and Travis scored two runs. McMinamen had one RBI, Sulzle walked once and scored one run and Robinson scored three runs.

Dunkerton dropped to 4-10 on the season.

Janesville 14, Baxter 0

JANESVILLE — The Bolts were limited to three hits in five innings and Janesville ended the night early with a 14-0 home win during Iowa Star Conference cross-division action on June 29.

Damman, McMinamen and Wishman all had one hit apiece.

Janesville (16-7) tallied nine hits and stole 10 bases. The Wildcats committed one error.

Johnson started on the mound and allowed two earned runs and two hits and walked one in 1/3 of an inning. He took the loss.

Wishman pitched 2 2/3 innings and surrendered five earned runs on three hits, one walk and two hit batters.

McMinamen tossed 1 1/3 innings and allowed seven earned runs on four hits with three walks and two hit batters.