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CEDAR RAPIDS — Marquis Dew waited for his chance.
The University of Dubuque freshman received a couple starts the first month of the season. He parlayed those into a regular role in April.
Dew had three hits and five RBIs, propelling the Spartans to a 9-3 Iowa Conference victory over Coe Monday at Daniels Park’s Bill Quinby Field. Dubuque (15-11, 9-3) remained tied atop the IIAC with Buena Vista.
“He had a really nice clutch performance,” Dubuque Coach Paul Wyczawski said. “He’s gotten an opportunity to get in some games and taking advantage of it. It’s really nice to see him get a couple good swings.”
Dew was an all-state performer for Mount Vernon. He wasn’t used to coming off the bench, but that didn’t last, making his 11th start against the Kohawks. Dew kept a team-first attitude before breaking into the lineup.
“I just tried to help the team out,” Dew said. “It was not really frustrating. Whatever is best for the team is what is going to happen.”
The 6-foot-1, 250-pounder impressed Wyczawski with his defensive play on the corners. He started at third against Coe, fielding one grounder, and moved to first for the ninth inning. Wyczawski has had him at each the last two weekends.
“He’s a versatile kid,” Wyczawski said. “He’s done a nice job.
“The biggest thing is he’s seeing the ball really well, swinging the bat. We wanted to try and find a spot for him in the lineup.”
In consecutive at-bats Monday, Dew doubled his season RBI total. Dew ripped a two-run single to left, giving Dubuque a 5-0 lead in the fourth.
Dew’s biggest shot came in the sixth. He stepped to the plate with two runners in scoring position. Dew belted his first home run of the season, clearing the left-field fence.
“It was another fastball,” Dew said. “I wouldn’t say I knew it right away. I saw the outfielder running back so I wasn’t sure if it would be out or not. Once I hit first, I knew it was out.”
Dew led off the eighth with a double to right center and scored, finishing 3-for-5 and scored twice. Performances like that have solidified his spot.
“He’s earned it,” Wyczawski said. “He’s a great kid. He’s doing a good job for us.”
He raised his batting average to .283 with five doubles and 10 RBIs. Hard work has helped him make strides and he plans to continue improvement.
“I try to be the best worker I can,” Dew said. “I stay on top of things.
“I need to keep seeing the ball well. Just keep seeing and hitting it.”
Kevin DeLaney and Andrew Brierton each had two hits to lead Coe. The Kohawks (15-10, 8-7) managed only three hits the first six innings. DeLaney and Thomas Kahle scored in the eighth.
“I think we stayed quiet too long,” Coe Coach Steve Cook said. “We got something going at the end. It was a little too late.”
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