The Cascade baseball team is a little over halfway through the short, 11-game 2020 season and is currently sitting in second place in the River Valley Conference with a 3-3 record, trailing 4-1 Camanche.
The Cougars kicked off last week on the road against Anamosa where they struck early, batting all the way through the line up in the top of the first, scoring four runs. In the second, the Cougars put two more on the board for the 6-0 lead.
Anamosa hit back in the second, bringing the score to 6-2. The Cougars ended up scoring again in the third and twice in the fourth before Anamosa answered with a run in the fifth, bring the score to 9-3.
The Cougars secured another run in the sixth, giving them a 10-3 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh.
Ted Weber came in to relieve Eli Green on the mound and allowed three runs to score on a handful of walks before eventually catching the last batter looking to end the game.
Weber led the offensive effort, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Kaleb Topping, Will Hosch, Mason Otting and Justin Roling also each notched an RBI in the 10-6 victory.
On the mound, Green went six complete, giving up three earned runs on six hits while walking one and striking out nine. In relief, Weber threw one inning, where he gave up three earned runs on no hits while walking three and striking out one.
Hosting Durant June 25, the Cougars jumped to an early lead when Tanner Simon crossed the plate off a two-out double from the bat of Topping in the first. But in the top of the second, Durant hit back, when a runner who reached on an error comfortably scored off a two-out triple and another runner scored on a base hit up the middle.
Sophomore Jack Carr then dug in his heels and effectively shut down Durant’s offense after that. In the next five innings, Carr only allowed six runners to reach base and had one-two-three innings in the third and seventh.
With the score tied 2-2 going into the bottom of the sixth, Hosch drew a walk to start the inning before pinch-runner Hugh Molony stepped in and stole second. Molony safely reached third on a passed ball before eventually crossing the plate for the winning run on a wild pitch.
Carr finished the day throwing seven complete, giving up no earned runs on nine hits while striking out six and walking two.
At the plate, Simon (2-for-3) and Topping (1-for-3) had the Cougars’ only two RBIs.
The Cougars then hosted Mid-Prairie, June 26, for what proved to be an all-around difficult day.
In the top of the first, Mid-Prairie put a tally on the board early when a runner who reached on a walk was driven in on a double. Starting pitcher Topping then worked his way out of the inning with two consecutive ground outs.
In the bottom half, Simon reached first on a dropped third strike. Simon then stole second before eventually reaching third and scoring on a Topping single. Topping was then driven in on a two-out triple from Weber to give the Cougars a 2-1 lead.
From there, things went downhill. A quiet second inning from both teams culminated with a bang from Mid-Prairie in the top of the third, where they put six unanswered runs on the board with the help of several errors from the Cougar defense.
In the fifth, errors were another big factor when Mid-Prairie racked up another five runs after batting all the way through the lineup, bringing the score to 12-2 and ending the game early on the 10-run-rule.
On the mound, Topping finished the day giving up two earned runs on three hits while striking out none and walking two. In relief, Caden Reinke gave up two earned runs on four hits while striking out two and walking four.