ANAMOSA - Taking advantage of the few opportunities they had in the first game of a doubleheader hosting Bellevue Monday, June 3, the Anamosa baseball team showed just how far the program has come in the last couple of summers.
“We played very well, Sam (Wilt) pitched very well fighting through some control problems and then Trae Klatt was able to close down the game at the end,” said Raider baseball coach Bryan McCray, as his team claimed a 4-2 nail-biter over the Comets.
“We have not always been able to finish games like this, and it was awesome to see no panic under pressure.”
Anamosa (6-7, 3-3) jumped to the early lead when Walker Marsh singled and came around to score thanks to a passed ball in the bottom of the first.
The Raiders would never trail in the game, but it wouldn’t be easy either.
Nolan McLean and Grahm Humpal each crossed the plate in the third before Klatt scored in the fourth to push the advantage to 4-0.
Wilt allowed just one Bellevue hit but did issue six walks, and three Anamosa errors led to the Comets’ two runs, both coming in the fifth frame.
Wilt worked the game’s first 4.1 innings on the mound and fanned an impressive eight batters before Klatt finished up striking out four in the final 2.2 innings of no-hit baseball.
The Raiders completed the sweep hanging on for an 11-8 triumph in the nightcap.
“Nolan was also able to fight through not having his best stuff and gutting out a win,” McCray said. “We were really able to swing the bats well and scored a lot of runs, the most since I have been coaching here.”
Marsh, Wilt, McLean, Klatt and Wyatt Bickford all scored in a five-run first frame and Anamosa was off and running before adding two more in the second and another four in the third.
Heading into the top of the fourth, the hosts led 11-4 before Bellevue began gradually chipping away scoring twice in the fifth before adding single runs in the sixth and seventh.
Klatt powered an eight-hit Raider offense coming through with three while also driving in four runs and stealing three bases.
Seth Schoon added two hits while Wilt came through with three RBIs thanks to a bases loaded three run double in the third.
McLean struck out 10 in his five innings of work on the hill while Schoon finished up tossing the final two frames of one-hit baseball and fanned two.
Anamosa faced their toughest test of the season to date at class 2A top-ranked Wilton Tuesday, June 4, and succumbed to a lopsided 16-0 loss in four frames.
“Wilton is just straight up a good team,” McCray said. “They are ranked No. 1 and they are the real deal.
“Cody Edson made a very gutsy start for us and that let us save some pitching for the rest of the week. Those things do not show up in the stat sheet, but that is what being a good teammate is all about.”
Leading 4-0 after two innings, the Beavers busted the game wide open with 12 runs in the bottom of the third.
Anamosa bats were held to just two hits.
The Raiders came right back Wednesday, June 5, and swept a doubleheader against visiting Central City.
A six-run sixth frame broke the first game open allowing the hosts to cruise to a walk-off 11-1 triumph.
Bickford ended the game scoring on a passed ball as Eli Lehrman was masterful tossing a three-hitter in his 5.2 innings of work on the mound striking out nine Wildcat batters.
McLean had a big game at the plate ripping three hits (two doubles and triple) while Lehrman and Klatt helped out with two hits each.
The offensive heroics continued in the nightcap as Anamosa pounded out a 16-5, six inning triumph, winning in walk-off style for the second game in a row.
McLean launched a game-ending three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth polishing off the 11-run rout.
Alex Shover was the recipient of all the run support tossing 4.2 innings allowing just four hits while fanning five before D.J. Reese wrapped things up on the mound pitching the final inning and a third.
The busy week ended with a 10-2 loss hosting Iowa City Regina Thursday, June 6.
“More than baseball, I feel like we are really coming together as a team,” McCray said. “It was awesome to see how positive the guys are and how they support each other.
“I think we’re on the cusp of doing something special.”