Road sweep for Iowa Central

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Iowa Central baseball team took their show on the road Saturday to get in a doubleheader with Century.

With rain coming down most of this past week, and more expected over the weekend, officials decided to switch the games to Century. A planned Sunday doubleheader has been scrapped.

The Tritons claimed the first contest, 2-0, and rallied to take the nightcap, 5-3.

Anderson DeLeon allowed just two hits over five innings to secure the win, striking out eight and walking one. Evan Johnson got the save, striking out four.

“It was the kind of performance we have come to expect out of Anderson this year,” ICCC head coach Justin Meyer said. “They were geared up for him and got some guys on early, but he found another gear and that was it.”

Austin Halligan had a solo home run, while Fran Diaz and Kyle Snuttjer each collected two hits. Felix Martinez drove in Snuttjer for the other run.

In the second, Steven Calderon connected on a two-run homer in the top of the eighth after the Tritons (29-17 overall) scored a pair in the seventh to tie it at 2-2. Calderon finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored.

Junior Aracena and Diaz each had two hits in the game, while Dylan Gasner and Nolan Monthei added an RBI each.

Max Steffens started, allowing four hits over three innings and striking out one. Bryce Kearns earned the win in relief and Rafael Melo the save.

“Steven hit a big home run into the wind and had a really good day at the plate,” Meyer said. “We also were able to keep the pitch count down for our guys and use them in different situations.”

Iowa Central will close out regular season play this Friday and Saturday at home against Iowa Lakes.