The Waverly-Shell Rock baseball team had a rough start last week, falling to New Hampton on Tuesday, 8-7.
But, they turned around on Friday and Saturday, going 4-0 to round out the week with a doubleheader at Crestwood and their own Arends-Denner baseball tournament on Saturday.
Against the Cadets on Friday, the Go-Hawks took both games of the twinbill, 14-7 and 13-2 (in five innings).
In the opener, five Go-Hawks took the pitcher’s mound, as Kaden Dewey, Connor Havlovic, Malcolm Newell, Tyler Heine and Brodey Key threw. Newell earned the victory after pitching 1 1/3 innings, allowing one hit and one run. Dewey fanned three, while Heiner struck out two. In total, Waverly-Shell Rock’s pitching staff allowed six hits and seven earned runs.
On offense, Brodey Key led the Go-Hawks, going 3-4 with one run, one double and three RBIs. Senior Pete McMillin also went 2-3 with one run, one double, one RBI and one stolen base. Newell finished 2-2 with two RBIs. Carter Langreck also brought in two runs.
During the second game, freshman Carson Graven got the start on the mound and pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowed five hits and two earned runs, while also striking out two. Jeremy Chaplin entered the game at pitcher in relief and tossed a third of an inning and struck out one.
At the plate for the Go-Hawks, Chaplin went 2-2 with two runs and one stolen base. Junior Payton Leonard finished 2-3 with two ones, one double and two RBIs. Graven and McMillin co-led the team, as they each tallied three RBIs.
Turning right around on Saturday, Waverly-Shell Rock hosted their annual Arends-Denner baseball tournament, where the Go-Hawks faced Waterloo East and Davenport Central.
In their opening matchup of the tournament, the Go-Hawks took on the Waterloo East Trojans and won, 7-1.
Getting the start on the mound for Waverly-Shell Rock was Newell, who threw five innings and allowed two hits, no runs, four walks and three strikeouts. Adam Hein came in the relief spot for two frames and allowed on hit, one earned run and walked three.
Brodey Key went 3-4 at the plate with one run, two doubles and three RBIs. Havlovic finished 2-4 at the plate with two runs, a triple and one stolen base. Leonard finished 2-3 with a run, a double and two RBIs.
Searching for revenge from their 3-0 loss to Davenport Central in last year’s Arends-Denner tournament, the Go-Hawks faced the Blue Devils yet again.
But, this time, the outcome was reversed, as the Go-Hawks prevailed, 9-3.
Freshman Chance Key started on the mound and earned the win for Waverly-Shell Rock, while tossing four innings, allowing one hit and striking out one. The duo of Chaplin and Hein took on the relief effort, as Chaplin pitched two frames, gave up three runs and struck out one. Hein threw one inning and fanned three.
At the plate, Chaplin led the Go-Hawks with his four RBIs, as he went 2-4 with scoring two runs and hitting one triple. Junior Kaden Dewey finished 2-3, while plating one run and also hitting a triple. Freshman Korbyn Dewey also went 2-3 and scored twice.
With the four wins, the Go-Hawks moved to 10-4 on the season. This week, the Go-Hawks host Charles City on Wednesday for another NEIC doubleheader at 5 p.m. and will travel to Forest City on Thursday for a single game at 7:30 p.m.