By Steve Peterson
After 9-0 and 11-1 wins over Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn and Trinity Christian in Hull in their last two War Eagle Conference games the West Sioux baseball squad tried to go over the .500 mark.
However, the opponent was Gehlen Catholic, a state-ranked powerhouse in Class 1A, June 25 in Hawarden. The Jays cruised to an 8-1 win, as the Falcons slipped back under .500 at 7-8 record.
The Jays have only lost to Sioux City Bishop Heelan this season, and won 11 straight after Wednesdays’ win. They Jays are a collection of very talented Gehlen and Spalding Catholic players as Spalding students now attend the Le Mars school.
The Falcons could take some consolation in that they were close enough for a full seven inning game and scored a run in the seventh inning.
Solomon Frecking had three hits in four at-bats and was the relief pitcher for the Jays.
Gehlen took a 2-0 lead after two innings, scored twice in the fourth, three times in the fifth and once in the seventh.
West Sioux had two base runners reach in the sixth inning as Porter Hummel walked and Trevor Ericson singled but three strikeouts followed.
In the seventh, Kezden Blankenship walked and scored and Jesus Rivera walked. Falcons’ statistics
Ericson was 1-for-4.
Rivera had two walks.
Vander Feen had one stolen base and one walk.
Justin Stoltenburg had one walk.
Blankenship had two walks and scored one run.
The Falcons had one hit, one stolen base and eight walks.
Rivera pitched four and two-thirds innings and gave up eight hits, two walks and struck out one. Vander Feen pitched for two and one-third innings and gave up two hits and two walks.