The Oelwein varsity baseball team split their home doubleheader against Decorah on Wednesday.
Decorah won the first game 4-1 and Oelwein won the second game 7-0.
In the first game, Oelwein combined for five hits, a walk and one run. Shortstop Dom Robertson hit a solo home run to score the Huskies only run and also had another hit in the game.
Senior pitcher Zach Wegner (1-3) started the first game for the Huskies and went 6.1 innings with two strikeouts; while allowing 13 hits, three walks and three earned runs. Riley Hamilton pitched the final two-thirds of an inning in relief.
“Zach pitched well enough to win, [but] Decorah did a nice job of hitting with runners on base,” said Oelwein baseball coach Jason Gearhart. “Decorah did a nice job of hitting with runners on base. We had a few chances to score, but never got a big hit.”
In the second game, Oelwein combined for 14 hits, two walks and seven runs. Pitcher Steven Nicolay had four hits, two doubles and two RBIs. Right fielder Mason Kunkle had two hits and two runs scored. Left fielder Drake Logan had two hits, a run and two RBIs. Designated hitter Lukes Crandall and Robertson also had two hits apiece.
Gearhart said the entire lineup was having quality at bats in the second game.
“That illustrates some consistency at the plate and also the entire lineup having quality at bats,” Gearhart said. “Nicolay had four hits, and Crandall and Logan did a nice job at the plate as well. We bunted the ball really well, with three bunt hits in sacrifice situations.”
Nicolay (5-1) threw a complete game shutout with 11 strikeouts; and limited Decorah to two hits and a walk.
Gearhart said that Nicolay was dominant on the mound Wednesday.
“Steven got ahead of hitters all night, worked in his breaking ball and threw hard,” Gearhart said. “The walk he gave up didn’t happen until the seventh inning.”
Oelwein is now 9-7 after Wednesday’s doubleheader against Decorah. Up next is a road game against Crestwood on Friday.