Huskies hold off Wapello
Wapello threatened to spoil Highland baseball’s fun in the seventh inning on Tuesday night.
Highland held a two-run advantage heading into the final frame, and after a no-out error, had a runner on first. Chase Rath entered the game for the Huskies, and despite that runner coming around to score, was able to shut down Wapello, giving Highland the 4-3 home victory.
“He’s been doing that for us all year,” Highland baseball head coach Mike Mills said. “(Chase) comes in in tough situations and throws strikes and gets ground balls. He’s pitched (13 1/3) innings for us, hasn’t given up an earned run yet this season. He just comes in and throws strikes for us.”
Along with his perfect ERA, Rath has only given up three walks in his 13 1/3 innings on the mound and is sporting a sparkling 0.68 WHIP at the halfway point of the season.
Jacob Wilson started the game for Highland, going six innings, and giving up three runs (two earned), three walks and three hits, while striking out eight batters.
Offensively, the Huskies got things going in the second inning when Jacob Michel and Ben Bean crossed the plate to make it 2-0.
In the third, two more runs came across as Jake Yeggy and Colin Sexton came around to score on a two-RBI single by Adam Schwarz with the bases loaded.
Wapello got its first hit of the night in the sixth inning, and strung together three hits in the inning, to bring two runners across, and in the seventh, got three runners on due to errors, but could not bring the tying run across, giving Highland the win.
“All year we’ve been able to get people on base, but our problem is getting them across home,” Mills said. “We can’t seem to get those timely hits when we need them. When we played Wapello at their place, we scored 14 runs, and there isn’t any reason we shouldn’t have 10-12 runs and give Wilson a little more breathing room, but we’ve been inconsistent with the bats all year and we’ve got to get our bats going shortly with postseason coming up really quick.”
Baseball postseason will begin on July 12.
The Huskies will travel to Cedar Rapids for their annual game against Washington at Veterans Memorial Stadium, home of the Cedar Rapids Kernels, on Wednesday night, an experience the coaches and players will enjoy.
“It’s a great experience every year, and is a beautiful field to play on,” Mills said. “It’s a big-time atmosphere and with a big stadium, and then to play a good, solid baseball team every year like Washington is good. I don’t believe we’ve yet to win that game up there, because Washington is pretty solid, so hopefully we can put a complete game together, but it will be a great experience for everyone
The game will begin at 7 p.m.