BELMONT — Belmont remained unbeaten in Six Rivers Conference play after defeating the host Potosi Chieftains, 3–1, in a Six Rivers West baseball game at PHS on Monday afternoon.
The Braves (3–2 overall, 3–0 SRC) scored twice in the top of the fourth inning to snap a scoreless tie, and then added a key insurance run in the sixth to go up 3–0.
The Chieftains scratched out a run against Belmont starter Lane Kamps in the bottom of the sixth, but that was all they could muster against the Braves’ ace as he closed out the game with a scoreless seventh inning for a complete-game win. Kamps (2–1) surrendered just one run on three hits on the mound, and he doubled for one of the team’s five hits at the plate.
Jon Bahr also doubled for the Braves, while Cole Menne went 2-for-2 with a pair of two-baggers to lead Potosi’s offensive attack as the Chieftains fell to 2–3 on the season and 1–2 in conference play.
Senior Tyler David (1–2) pitched well, but suffered the loss after allowing three runs.
On Saturday, the Braves split a twinbill with the Argyle Orioles, taking the opening game by a score of 8–3 and then falling 13–9 in wild nightcap.
In a change this season, the first game of the Six Rivers crossover doubleheaders between the West and East will count towards the conference standings, while the second game will be counted as a non-conference game.
Senior Lane Kamps went 5-for-8 at the plate to lead the Braves. He smashed a pair of three-run home runs and hit a pair of double to finish the day with seven runs driven in and he scored four times.
Senior Raine Voigts also was 5-for-8 with two RBI and three runs scored, while senior Josh Logsdon went 4-for-8 with two RBI and three run scored for the Braves.
In game one, the Braves scored all the runs they would need in their first at-bat as back-to-back RBI doubles by senior Quinn Cushman, Kamps and Logsdon and a RBI single by senior Nick Willborn put them ahead 4–0.
Argyle closed the gap to 4–2 with a pair of runs in the top of the second, but they would get no closer than that as Cushman’s arm kept the Orioles’ bats quiet the entire game. He surrendered just one hit over seven innings and struck out 11 batters, while allowing three runs thanks to seven walks.
The Orioles’ bats came alive in game two with Colin Argue and Riley Ostby combining to be a two-man wrecking crew for the guests. Argue went 4-for-4 with eight RBI and two runs scored, and Ostby finished 4-for-4 with a RBI and three runs scored for Argyle.
Belmont has a busy week planned on the baseball diamond with five games scheduled over a seven-day span. The Braves host Southwestern in a non-conference game on Thursday, April 21, at 5 p.m., and then host Monticello in a Six Rivers doubleheader on Friday, April 22, at 4:30 p.m., and have SRW games at Cassville on Monday, April 25, and at home against Highland on Tuesday, April 26, both beginning at 5 p.m.
Potosi opened the season on Monday, April 11 with a 9–4 Six Rivers West loss to visiting Highland.
The Chieftains struck out 14 time in the loss and committed three errors. Nate Michek went 2-for-3 and struck out nine in five innings to earn the win for Highland.
Senior Trenton Bauer went 2-for-3 in the loss to lead Potosi.
Thursday afternoon, the Chieftains committed six errors in a 13–1 non-conference loss to River Valley. Bauer (0–1) took the loss, but only two of the eight runs he allowed were earned during his four innings on the mound.
Saturday afternoon, Potosi notched its first wins of the season, sweeping a Six Rivers doubleheader with visiting Barneveld, 9–4 and 5–3.
Nate Friederick (2-for-3), Jacob Langkamp, Zach Reuter (3-for-4) and Jake Udelhoven, each drove in a pair of runs in the game one win. Udelhoven’s two-run single in the bottom of the fifth inning gave Potosi a 6–4 lead and the Chieftains never trailed again. David picked up the win with 21/3 innings of hitless relief.
The the nightcap, Alex Abell ripped a two-run double down the left field line in the top of the fifth to tie the game at 3–3. Later in the inning, sophomore Alex Udelhofen smashed a two-run triple to provide the final margin of victory. Udelhofen also came off the bench to pick up the save with three scoreless innings of relief. Sophomore Jake Eastlick (1–0) earned his first varsity win, allowing three runs on five hits in four innings of work.
The Chieftains will travel to South Wayne to face Black Hawk in Six Rivers doubleheader on Friday before hosting East Dubuque on Saturday and River Ridge on Monday.
INJURY NOTE: Potosi senior second baseman Teagan Friederick — a 2015 first-team All-SRW selection — found out over the weekend that he has a broken bone in his hand and will miss the next 3–4 weeks. Friederick injured the hand in a farm accident a few weeks ago, but played through the pain during Potosi’s first four games of the season.
Belmont 3, Potosi 1
(from Monday, April 18 @ Potosi)
Belmont 000 201 0 — 3 5 0
Potosi 000 001 x — 1 3 1
Leading hitters — none. 2B — B:John Bahr, Lane Kamps.
W — Lane Kamps (2–1, 7IP, 3H, 1R). L — Tyler David (1–2, 7IP, 5H, 3 R)
Belmont 8, Argyle 3
(from Saturday, April 16 @ Belmont)
Argyle 020 001 0 — 3 1 0
Belmont 400 013 x — 8 14 0
Leading hitters — A: none; B: Raine Voigts 2x3, Lane Kamps 2x4, Josh Logsdon 3x4, Nick Willborn 3x4, Dylan Runde 2x4. 2B — B: Kamps, Quinn Cushman, Logsdon. HR — B: Kamps.
W — Quinn Cushman (1–0, 7IP, 1H, 3R, 3ER, 8K, 7BB). L — Ostby (6IP, 14H, 8ER, 5K, 4BB).
Argyle 13, Belmont 9
(from Saturday, April 16 @ Belmont)
Belmont 501 210 0 — 9 11 0
Argyle 140 413 x — 13 12 0
Leading hitters — B: Raine Voigts 3x5, Lane Kamps 3x4, Nick Willborn 2x4; A: Ostby 4x4, Argue 4x4, Schild 2x4. 2B — B: Kamps, Quinn Cushman, Logsdon, Willborn; A: Ostby, Argue 2, Derek Flannery. HR — B: Kamps; A: Argue.
W — Argue (6IP, 10H, 8ER, 9K, 8BB). L — Raine Voigts (0–1, 2IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 8K, 6BB).
Highland 9, Potosi 4
(from Monday, April 11 @ Potosi)
Highland 201 003 3 — 9 8 2
Potosi 200 002 0 — 4 7 3
Leading hitters — H: Mitchell Welsh 2x3, Nate Michek 2x3, Evan Rusch 2x3; P: Trenton Bauser 2x3. 2B — H: TJ Cool, Rusch, N. Michek, Welsh; P: Bauer, Teagan Friederick. 3B — H: John Ross Linscheid.
W — Nate Michek (5 IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 9K, 0BB). L — Tyler David (0–1, 4IP, 1H, 3R, 0ER, 5K, 4BB)
River Valley 13, Potosi 1
(from Thursday, April 14 @ Potosi)
River Valley 203 35 — 13 8 0
Potosi 000 10 — 1 5 6
Leading hitters — RV: Hunter Schwingle 2x2; P: none.
W — Zach Cody. L — Trenton Bauer (0–1, 4IP, 7H, 8R, 2ER, 1K, 3BB).
Potosi 9, Barneveld 4
(from Friday, April 15 @ Potosi)
Barneveld 003 010 0 — 4 5 2
Potosi 002 043 x — 9 12 3
Leading hitters — B: Trey Laube 2x4; P: Teagan Friederick 3x4, Zach Reuter 3x4, Nate Friederick 2x3. 2B — P: N. Friederick, Reuter, Jake Langkamp.
W — Tyler David (1–1, 2.1IP, 0H, 0R, 1K, 2BB). L — Trevor Sigenthaler (5IP, 10H, 6R, 6ER, 7K, 3BB).
Potosi 5, Barneveld 3
(from Friday, April 15 @ Potosi)
Potosi 100 040 0 — 5 5 2
Barneveld 000 300 0 — 3 7 3
Leading hitters — B: Sam Shatrawka 2x3, Trey Laube 2x3. 2B — P: Alex Abell. 3B — P: Alex Udelhofen.
W — Jake Eastlick (1–0, 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3K, 3BB). L — Caleb Behnke (0.2IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0K, 0BB). SV — Alex Udelhofen (3IP,