Wolves start strong, claim victory over IMS
WINFIELD — Four early runs helped catapult the Winfield-Mt. Union baseball team to a victory over Iowa Mennonite in a Southeast Iowa Super Conference North Division contest in Winfield on Tuesday.
“We got off to a big start, especially in the first inning — we put four runs on the board early,” W-MU Coach Kenton Klopfenstein said.
After taking the early lead, the Wolves were able to hold on for the win.
“We played very well,” Klopfenstein said.
W-MU has struggled against some talented Iowa Mennonite baseball teams in the past.
W-MU lost two games against IMS last year, 8-1 and 12-2, and also lost both games the year before, 12-8 and 14-1.
And the struggles go back farther than that.
“IMS is a team that’s had its way with us over the years, but we were able to get one on them (last) night,” Klopfenstein said.
They did it with a big night from Kyle Davis, who went 2-for-2 at the plate with a double and four runs batted in.
“Kyle Davis really stepped in with a big game for us,” Klopfenstein said.
Lucas Rappenecker went 2-for-3 on the night and Travis Jones had an RBI double for the Wolves.
Those were the only five hits for the Wolves, who also took advantage of six walks as IMS pitching struggled with control early in the contest.
IMS doubled W-MU’s hits, coming up with 10 on the night, but couldn’t manufacture enough runs to take a lead.
They were on the board first with two runs in the opening frame, but W-MU quickly took over the lead and never relinquished it.
W-MU tacked on two more runs in the second inning, and added one more in the fifth.
IMS came up with two runs in the fourth and one in the sixth, but ultimately fell short.
The Wolves’ starting pitcher, Travis Jones, went six innings and got the win. He gave up five runs (four earned), walked three and struck out four.
Darren Hunter came on in relief for the last inning, walked one batter and struck one out.
IMS drops to 3-2 on the season and in the SEISC North, while W-MU evens its record at 3-3 overall (3-2 SEISC North).
The Wolves now have a couple days off, and they play again Friday at Lone Tree, starting with the JV game at 5:30 p.m.
They’re on the road again Monday against Highland in Riverside, but return home Tuesday to host Wapello.
IMS 200 201 0 — 7 5 0
WMU 420 010 x — 5 10 2
WP — Jones (1-2)
LP — Reggie Hostetler (0-1)
Hits — W-MU: Davis, 2-2 (2B). Rappenecker, 2-3. Travis Jones, 1-2 (2B). IMS: Cameron Gingerich, 3-4 (2B). Dallas Nye, 1-4 (2B). Aaron Ockenfels, 1-2. Tanner Leyden, 1-4. Payton Miller, 3-4 (2B). Tyler Messer, 1-2.
RBI — W-MU: Davis (4), Jones, Garrett Baker. IMS: Gingerich, Ockenfels, Lane Schrock and Brent Brenneman.
Runs — W-MU: Lucas Rappenecker (2), Jennings (2), Davis (2), Jones. IMS: Hostetler, Nye, Miller, Messer and Kirby Shetler.
Steals — W-MU: Davis (2), Jennings.