DENISON — Denison-Schleswig took a stronghold on fourth place in the Hawkeye 10 Conference baseball race with a doubleheader sweep of visiting Creston Tuesday night, 4-3 and 6-4.
The Monarchs are in fourth place at 7-4 in league play, one game behind Harlan, and 9-7 overall. Creston, sixth in the conference, slipped to 6-7 in the league and 8-10 overall.
The Panthers had more hits in each game, but also had five errors for the night to Denison-Schleswig’s one.
“We outhit them both games, but they out played us,” said Creston coach Steve Birchard. “We didn’t do a lot of little things you have to do to win close games.”
During game two, a botched pickoff attempt resulted in a runner scoring from second, in a one-run game at the time, Birchard said. Another time, a Monarch runner bolted off second base on a caught flyball, but the ball didn’t get to the base in time for the out before the tag-up.
“It was that kind of night,” Birchard said. “We haven’t had a true practice in a long time, been kind of coaching on the run. Tomorrow and Thursday we can practice and try to get better for Friday.”
The Panthers host Osceola Clarke in JV and varsity action Friday.
The Panthers had a productive offensive night Tuesday, collecting eight hits in the opener and nine in game two. Briar Evans hit a solo home run in the Panthers’ three-run fourth inning in the opener. Garret Taylor hit a two-run single during that rally, and Cole Crawford finished that game with two hits. Brandon Phipps doubled.
Catcher Zach Powers and Keaton Hulett each went 3-for-4 in game two, including a double by Hulett. Trevor Luther had two hits and Crawford added a double.
Nate Haley pitched the opener, with one inning of relief by Cole Crawford. Brandon Phipps took the loss in game two. Dension had only five hits in each game.
The two state-rated teams in the Hawkeye 10 squared off Tuesday and split a doubleheader. No. 9 Harlan defeated No. 3 Glenwood in the opener, 6-5, but the Rams rebounded to take game two, 2-0. Glenwood is now 8-1 in a first-place tie with Carroll Kuemper, and Harlan is 8-3.
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Creston 000 300 0 — 3 8 1
Denison 000 112 x — 4 5 0
Cr: Nate Haley 2K 2BB, Cole Crawford (6) 1K 1BB and Zach Powers. D: Brayden Schurke, Taylor Thul and Zac Reynolds. W — Brayden. L— Haley. HR — Cr: Briar Evans. 2B — Cr: Brandon Phipps. RBI — Cr: Evans 1, Garret Taylor 3; D: Thul 2. Multiple hitters — Cr: Cole Crawford 2.
R H E
Creston 002 020 0 — 4 9 4
Denison 012 120 x — 6 5 1
Cr: Brandon Phipps 4K 1BB 2 HBP and Zach Powers. D: Derek Khronke, Thul (6) and Reynolds. W — Khronke. L— Phipps. HR — D: Ryan Reimers. 2B — Cr: Cole Crawford, Keaton Hulett; D: Robert Lyons. RBI — Cr: Trevor Luther 1, Nate Haley 1, Hulett 1, Powers 1; D: Khronke 2, Reimers 2, Schurke 1. Multiple hitters — Cr: Powers 3, Hulett 3, Luther 2.