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CEDAR RAPIDS — It hasn’t been an easy senior baseball season for Matt Troendle.
Troendle, trying to bounce back from a dislocated shoulder, helped Cedar Rapids Washington to a sweep of Cedar Rapids Prairie Wednesday night, 4-3 and 6-2. The Warriors moved to 12-14 overall with a .500 record in Mississippi Valley Conference games.
“From first pitch of the first game to the last pitch of the last game, we played two complete ball games,” Coach Scott Brune said.
Troendle followed a lofty performance Tuesday against Waterloo East by going 5-for-7 with four RBIs.
“It’s a lot different,” Troendle said. “I had to cope with (the injury) and switch things up, but I’ve been working on the bat. That’s all I’ve been working on.”
Troendle said work off the tee and batting practice have helped him start posing a threat on offense.
“It’s given me a lot of time to work on the bats and get my mechanics right,” Troendle said.
While Troendle was busy at work on offense, Isaiah Nimmers completed a seven-hit complete game in the nightcap.
“I’ve been trying to get a complete game all season and throw seven innings without getting out of control,” Nimmers said. “So to get that complete game and fight through the whole way was really good for me.”
Nimmers had plenty of run production to back up his solid pitching performance.
The Warriors blasted 15 hits in the doubleheader to produce those 10 runs.
Nimmers said it was extremely helpful not to have to work from behind on the mound.
The Warriors’ sweep with two MVC victories dropped Prairie to 10-20 this summer.
Heading into the postseason, any kind of conference victory is a huge momentum builder for Washington.
“It’s a really good confidence builder, especially (coming) against a team in town,” Nimmers said. “And especially at home, because we always want to protect our house.”