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CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids Jefferson swept Cedar Rapids Washington in a two-game baseball series played Thursday and Friday.
The J-Hawks mercy-ruled the Warriors, 14-4 in five innings Thursday, then took down Washington with ease Friday night, 8-2.
The J-Hawks didn’t need much time to get on the board. Jared Eivens and Cameron Frazier opened the game with singles, and Eivens was sent home when a wild pitch from Washington’s Eric Loeffelholz allowed the sophomore to open the scoring.
Washington made it close in the third when Isaiah Nimmers was sent home on a Matt Troendle sacrifice fly after stealing his way to third.
After that, Jefferson widened the gap.
A three-run fourth inning, led off by an RBI-single from Spencer Hunt, was enough to put the game out of reach.
It looked like Washington might mount a comeback in the fifth when Troendle stepped to the plate and drove in Grant Blades with two outs and two men on, but relief pitcher Nicholas Storm was able to mitigate the damage and limit the Warriors to the single run.
Jefferson scored three runs in the sixth to ice the game and complete the two-day sweep against their crosstown rivals.
Outfielder Ayodeji Olutunde drove in Lucas Larson on a deep single to right field, and Ben Koering drove in another run off a sacrifice fly, scoring Spencer Hunt. Pinch hitter Michael Neuberger then hit a chopper past second baseman Nimmers to score Olutunde and make the score 7-2.
The J-Hawks scoring efforts ended when pitcher Connor VanScoyoc hit one to center field, allowing Neuberger to close the scoring.
Jarrod Wood largely stymied the Warriors’ bats in two innings of relief to give the J-Hawks the win. With two outs, John Dobbs drove in Alex Herzog late in the seventh, but it was too little for the Warriors, as Loeffelholz struck out to end the game.
Loeffelholz pitched a complete game for the Warriors.
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