Iowa Central sweeps in home debut

-Messenger photo by Britt Kudla
Steven Calderon of Iowa Central makes a catch against Rochester on Thursday

-Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Steven Calderon of Iowa Central makes a catch against Rochester on Thursday

After 25 games across five different states, the Iowa Central baseball team finally made their debut at Ed Barbour Field here Thursday afternoon.

And much like the favorable conditions, the Tritons took advantage of everything Rochester gave them in sweeping a doubleheader.

Scores were 12-2 in five innings and 6-2.

In the opener, the Tritons (16-11 overall) drew 19 walks as a team, scoring four times in the second, two in both the third and fourth, and finishing it off with three in the fifth.

“At times, we showed patience, but when you are dealing with (that many walks), it is hard to get into a rhythm,” ICCC head coach Justin Meyer said. “As a whole, we had a bunch of opportunities to score that we let get away, but we took advantage of enough of them.

“The guys are more disciplined at the plate and are waiting on the right pitch.”

Nick Boys drew four base on balls from his leadoff spot in the order, scoring twice and driving in one. Dylan Gasner, who hit ninth, had three runs and was walked three times, while Nolan Monthei also scored three times.

Franyelyn Diaz had the biggest hit of the game, belting a home run. He finished 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored.

Felix Martinez drew four walks and Steven Calderon collected two RBI.

“Fran had a good day for us,” said Meyer, who is in his first season after replacing Rick Pederson. “It just helps us so much when we get him going.”

After Rochester struck first in the nightcap, the big bats of Diaz and Monthei hit matching two-run homers as part of a four-run frame to back starter Nolan Reinhardt.

Reinhardt finished his day with four strikeouts over four innings, allowing six hits and just one earned run before giving way to three relievers. Zachary Grenell started the opener, pitching just under five innings with a strikeout and one earned run on five hits.

“I was happy with the pitchers,” Meyer said. “They threw hard and we got some good, extended innings out of them. Grenell has been battling some shoulder issues, but he had a good game, as did Nolan.

“If we can get them feeling more confident on the mound, our bullpen will be much better moving forward.”

Junior Aracena gave Iowa Central a little more cushion with a two-RBI single n the fifth. He leads the team with 19 runs driven in on the year. Jared Renken came around to score twice in the game.

The Yellow Jackets made it interesting in the seventh, scoring a run and leaving two runners on, but Wesley Ahlers was able to secure the final three outs. Ahlers and Jared Renken combined for five strikeouts in two innings of relief work.

Thursday’s doubleheader starts a run of 13 consecutive games at home for Meyer and crew. They host ICCAC rival Ellsworth for four games this Saturday and Sunday, while Southwestern comes to town Tuesday and Kirkwood for four next Friday and Saturday.

“It was a perfect day,” Meyer said. “The maintenance guys did a great job getting the field ready and it was fantastic.”

IOWA CENTRAL 12, ROCHESTER 2 (5 inn.)

Rochester 002 00 — 2 5 1

Iowa Central 142 23 — 12 6 1

Jacob Fletcher (L, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 K, 7 BB), Jeremy Maschino (1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 K, 6 BB), Landon Kieffer (1 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 K, 4 BB), Marshall Mazanec (1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 K, 1 BB) and Ted Elsner; Zachary Grenell (W, 4 2/3 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 K, 1 BB), Matt Stone (1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 K, 0 BB) and Dylan Gasner.

HR–ICCC: Franyelyn Diaz. 2B–R: Ted Elsner, Arron Hohensee. RBI–R: Ross Withington (2); ICCC: Nick Boys, Franyelyn Diaz (4), Steven Calderon (2), Kyle Snuttjer, Felix Martinez, Nolan Monthei.

LOB–R: 5, ICCC: 13.

IOWA CENTRAL 6, ROCHESTER 2

Rochester 100 000 1 — 2 11 0

Iowa Central 400 020 x — 6 6 3

Josh Carey (L, 6 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 5 K, 4 BB) and Jordan Hauser; Nolan Reinhardt (W, 4 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 4 K, 1 BB), Evan Johnson (1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 K, 2 BB), Jared Renken (1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 K, 0 BB) Sam Kornstad (0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 K, 0 BB), Wesley Ahlers (1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 K, 1 BB) and Cole Sciescinzki.

HR–ICCC: Franyelyn Diaz, Nolan Monthei. RBI–R: Holt Goodwin; ICCC: Franyelyn Diaz (2), Nolan Monthei (2), Junior Aracena (2). SB–R: Ross Withington.

LOB–R: 12, ICCC: 3

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