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IOWA CITY — The No. 6-ranked Iowa City West baseball team had momentum for last night’s game against Iowa City High after defeating the Little Hawks, 6-2, the day before, and the Trojans used that momentum to wallop their intercity rival in the second game of a two-day series, 10-0 in five innings.
West committed six errors Monday but played sound baseball last night and built on an early lead throughout the contest.
West scored in the first inning when catcher Devin Raffensperger took a 3-2 pitch from Michael Haring to the left field wall to score Declan Doyle for a 1-0 lead.
With the bases loaded in the top of the fourth, Haring was relieved by Brady Cotton, who walked in a run with Grant Ewing at the plate to make it 3-0, and Tyus Adkins’ two-run single padded that lead.
After walking Declan Doyle, Cotton had the bases loaded again with Raffensperger at the plate. The senior catcher took a 1-0 pitch over the fence in the deepest part of the outfield for a 380-foot grand slam and his seventh home run of the season.
“I knew it was good off the bat, but I didn’t know it was going to get out,” Raffensperger said. “I was looking for a fastball to hit. (Cotton) just came in, so I knew he was looking to get into his groove and send a fastball.”
West made it 10-0 in the next inning when Collins Marine hit a sacrifice fly to scored in Brock Hatzky and make it 10-0. The Trojans held defensively in the bottom of the fifth to end it.
Getting a home run in a pitcher-friendly park made the Trojan coaches absolutely giddy.
Raffensperger, who will play at Des Moines Area Community College next season, was pretty pleased himself.
He estimated this grand slam traveled farther than the one he hit at Dubuque Senior earlier in the season and said he was happy to take down the team’s rival in convincing fashion as a senior send-off.
“We’re glad to get the W,” he said. “It’s big as a senior.
“It’s the last time ever playing City.”
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