W-MU baseball comes from behind for winSoftball team falls to conference-leading Highland in home game on Monday night
WINFIELD — The Winfield-Mt. Union baseball team overcame its struggles in the field to claim a come-from-behind victory in a Southeast Iowa Super Conference North Division game against Highland on Monday night.
The Wolves committed 10 fielding errors but scored just as many runs to win the eight-inning game, 10-9.
“I’m just glad we were able to be there,” W-MU Coach Kenton Klopfenstein said. “We were fortunate to even be in the game. It’s not often that you make that many mistakes and can win.”
The Wolves’ hitting also struggled in the early innings, as they went three frames without a hit. Meanwhile, Highland scored three runs in the first inning and three in the top of the fourth.
W-MU’s second time through the order, however, was a different story. The Wolves put up five runs in the bottom of the fourth, erasing most of the six-run deficit.
“After the (third) inning, we hit the ball pretty well,” Klopfenstein said. “It took us a while to get going — all our hits came after the (third).”
Highland tried to hold the Wolves at bay, putting another run on the board in the fifth inning, but W-MU came right back to tie the score with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame.
The score would remain tied through the sixth and the seventh, as each team unable to do any more damage and the game went into extra innings.
Highland looked like it had the game wrapped up when it scored twice in the eighth, but W-MU had one more comeback left.
The Wolves scored two runs of their own in the bottom of the eighth, but they weren’t done there — Darren Hunter singled in Lucas Rappenecker to plate the game winner.
On the night, Hunter was 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Kolt Rossiter brought in two runs on two hits; Sam Jennings and Rappenecker also had two hits each.
Thayne McElhinney started the game on the mound, going six innings and giving up five hits and three walks for seven runs (three earned). He struck out eight batters.
“(McElhinney) threw well — well enough to get the win, but we weren’t able to get ahead for him,” Klopfenstein said. “His pitch count was getting high because of all the errors, so we knew we had to take him out of there. But he really kept us in the game.”
It was Hunter who did get the win, pitching the last two innings in relief. He gave up one hit and walked four batters, allowing two unearned runs. He struck out two.
The team is now 5-12 on the season and 5-11 in the SEISC North.
They clash with another Henry County team when they play at New London tonight (Tuesday), starting with the JV game at 5:30 p.m., followed by varsity.
The W-MU softball team also took on Highland in a home contest on Monday night, but did not fare as well as the baseball team.
The Wolves dropped a 16-1 decision against the conference-leading Huskies.
Stats for the game were not available at press time.
The softball team is now 5-17 overall and 3-13 in the SEISC North.
Highland 300 310 02 — 9 7 3
W-MU 000 520 03 — 10 12 10
WP — Darren Hunter
W-MU — Sam Jennings: 2-5, 2 2B, run. Lucas Rappenecker: 2-5, RBI, 2 runs. Hunter: 3-5, RBI, 2 runs. Kyle Davis: 1-3, BB, run. Kolt Rossiter: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, run. Travis Jones: 0-3, BB, RBI, run. Garret Baker: 1-4, RBI, 2 runs. Ryan Nelson: 1-4, RBI. Zack Davis: 0-0, run. Steals — Rappenecker (2), Hunter, Jones and Baker.