Southwestern Community College lost three of four games over the weekend, and dropped another on Tuesday, but one bright spot for the Spartans has been the continued strong pitching of freshman Jordan Reyes of Miami.
Reyes picked up the victory for the Spartans in game one of a doubleheader against Iowa Central on Saturday.
Southwestern won the game 2-1, as Reyes went until the sixth inning before allowing a run. It marked the third straight win for the Spartans with Reyes on the mound.
“Jordan Reyes went out and pitched really well again,” head coach Brian “Bull” Smith said. “He was in control pretty much the whole way. They scored one in the sixth. That’s the third start in a row he’s won and beat some good people.”
The Spartans got a good start in the second game from Corey Williams, who has spent much of the season coming out of the bullpen.
Southwestern lost the game 4-0, but Williams gave the Spartans an opportunity to win the game.
“They had a kid on the mound who was pretty good,” Smith said. “We were getting hits off him, but he just kept making pitches. When he needed a pitch, he made it. We gave ourselves a chance in that one.”
Southwestern then hosted Iowa Central on Sunday, with the Tritons taking both games of the doubleheader.
Iowa Central won game one 8-5 after a bad inning in the third inning led to four Triton runs.
“We came back in the ballgame and made it close,” Smith said. “We had Dillon Coates up, the tying run in the seventh. We were hoping he’d pop one out and he just didn’t quite get enough of it.”
Southwestern lost the second game of the doubleheader, 17-5 after running out of pitching throughout the weekend.
Smith said he was impressed with how his team performed at the plate over the weekend.
“I thought we swung the bats well all weekend,” he said. “Seth Lieser swung the bat well. Omar Hotusing swung the bat well in the six-hole. Coates and Brock Daniels, they swung the bat well. Lots of doubles in there. Omar down in the six hole has been providing pretty good offense. i think he had five RBI on the weekend.”
The Spartans then dropped a 12-2 game at Marshalltown on Tuesday, dropping Southwestern to 10-25 for the season. The Spartans sit at 4-18 in the ICCAC this season.
Weather permitting, the Spartans travel to Muscatine today and then to Cedar Rapids for a weekend series with Kirkwood.