Benefiting from a short, three-game week, the Cascade baseball team managed to tack three more tallies into the win column to improve its overall record to 20-8.
Hosting Iowa City Regina at home June 24, sophomore Eli Green threw a gem. Holding Regina scoreless through five, Green was relieved by Reid Rausch after Green hit the pitch-count limit with two outs in the top of the seventh. Green finished the evening with the “W”, striking out nine, walking two while giving up one earned run on four hits. Rausch had a very brief appearance on the mound, needing just three pitches to secure the last out of the game.
On the offensive end, the Cougars didn’t see their first runner until the third and they only managed to get two hits the entire game.
Rausch had the lone RBI in the 2-1 win.
Hosting Monticello for two June 27, Haris Hoffman tossed the first game.
Monticello garnered two runs off Hoffman in the top of the fourth, but that was all they would get. Tom Knepper came in relief in the sixth, finishing with just one hit off 17 pitches thrown.
Hoffman earned the win, throwing five-and-two-thirds, giving up two runs on four hits while striking and walking four.
Hoffman gave himself plenty of help at the plate, hitting a triple and crossing the plate twice in the 3-2 win.
Riley Reed went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Rausch was also 2-for-3, with one RBI, one run scored and a double.
In game two, the Cougar bats started hot, scoring two in the first, four in the second and one in the third and fourth.
Monticello struck back hard in the last two innings, nearly tying it up in the top of the seventh.
In the sixth, the first five Monticello runners reached, two of them walking. Monticello managed to score two, and with runners advancing to second and third off a wild pitch, the Cougars were looking at trouble with only one out.
Rausch was able to coax a fly-out to center before a roller back to the mound to get the last two outs and end the inning.
In the seventh, Monticello was able to put up five more runs off relief pitcher Ted Weber before a fly to left field ended the game. The Cougars snuck away with an 8-7 “W.”
Reed produced big numbers again, going 2-for-2 with three RBIs and a home run. Hoffman, Rausch, Ted Weber and Tanner Simon also contributed an RBI.