SOUTH WAYNE – Black Hawk pitchers Aaron Monson and Merik Meythaler each allowed just one earned run in complete-game efforts to lead the host Warriors over Belmont, 9-2 and 5-2, in a Six Rivers Conference twinbill at BHHS on Friday, May 18.
Monson scattered six hits and three walks while striking out six batters to pick up the victory in the opener, and Meythaler allowed seven hits and three walks with eight strikeouts in the nightcap.
The Warriors (8-13 overall, 8-12 in SRC) got to the Braves (4-21, 4-18) early in game one, scoring three runs in the first, one run in the second and two runs in the third to open up a 6-0 advantage.
In game two, the Warriors waited until late in the game to strike, plating the go-ahead run in the fifth inning before tallying three key insurance runs in the sixth to put away the Braves for the sweep.
Cory Rupnow went 2-for-4 with a triple, a RBI and a run in the opener, and he added a triple and a run in game two. Meythaler scored twice in game one, and he helped his own cause in game two by going 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run for the hosts.
Mike Powers went 2-for-4 with a double, a RBI and a run in game one, while Monson was 2-for-3 with a RBI in game two. Jordan Monson drove in two runs in game one and Taylor Rupnow scored twice in that game.
Avery Willborn drove in both runs for the Braves in game one. Isaac Haag was 2-for-4 for the guests and Kyle Van Bogaert doubled in the opener.
In game two, Lucas Stoney and Jeremy Richardson each had two hits, while Jesse Richardson scored twice for the Braves.
At Monticello, on Tuesday, May 15, outfielder Logan Stietz scored two runs and drove in two more runs to lead the Warriors to an 8-1 Six Rivers East victory over the host Ponies.
Black Hawk was clinging to a 1-0 advantage going into the fourth inning where they pasted six runs on the board to open up some breathing room and they coasted in from there.
Aaron Monson earned the complete-game win on the hill after allowing just one run on four hits and two walks while striking out five batters.
Mike Powers was 2-for-4 with a run and a RBI, while Monson scored twice to aid his own cause.
Black Hawk received a #3-seed in their WIAA Division 4 tournament regional bracket. They will host #6-seeded Faith Christian in a quarterfinal game at BHHS on Friday, May 25, starting at 2:30 p.m. The winner plays at #2-seeded Albany on Tuesday, May 29, at 5 p.m.
Belmont is a #5-seed in their D-4 regional bracket and they travel to Blanchardville to take on #4-seeded Pecatonica also on Thursday, May 24, starting at 5 p.m. The winner will meet top-seeded and host Barneveld in a regional semifinal game on Tuesday, May 29.
Belmont…….. 000 020 0 - 2 6 4
Black Hawk… 312 030 x - 9 10 2
Leading Hitters: Belmont– Isaac Haag 2x4. 2B- Kyle Van Bogaert. Black Hawk– Taylor Rupnow 2x3, Cory Rupnow 2x4, Mike Powers 2x4. 3B- C. Rupnow. 2B- Powers.
WP- Aaron Monson. LP- Jeremy Richardson.
Black Hawk… 100 013 0 - 5 7 4
Belmont…….. 000 101 0 - 2 7 5
Leading Hitters: Black Hawk– Merik Meythaler 2x3, Aaron Monson 2x3. 3B- C. Rupnow. 2B- A. Monson. Belmont– Jeremy Richardson 2x3, Lucas Stoney 2x4. 2B- Jer. Richardson.
WP- Merik Meythaler. LP- Jesse Richardson.
At South Wayne, on Friday, May 18
Black Hawk… 100 610 0 - 8 7 3
Monticello..… 000 000 1 - 1 4 5
Leading Hitters: Logan Stietz 2x3, Mike Powers 2x4.
WP- Aaron Monson. LP- Steffen.
At Monticello, on Tuesday, May 15