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Bolts pull off Senior Night split against Mustangs

Liberty High falls, 10-2, to Dubuque Hempstead and comes back for 9-5 win

NORTH LIBERTY– Thirteen seniors were recognized for their pioneering efforts at building Liberty High’s baseball program on Monday, July 6, during Senior Night, at home, against Dubuque Hempstead.
Seniors Jacob Norris, Isaac Bender, Nolan Frey, Hunter White, Chris Nicknish, Tyler Dahm, Cayden Duhaime, Chase Hutchinson, Ryan Nugent, Alec Boldt, Jonah Warren, Ben Campbell and Sam Funke were honored on a night that saw the Bolts split with the Mustangs. Liberty fell, 10-2, in the opener, but took the nightcap, 9-5, handing Hempstead its first loss of the season.
Hempstead scattered 10 runs off 11 hits across seven innings of game one– three in the top of the first, two in the third, one in the fourth, three in the fifth and one in the sixth. The Bolts avoided the shutout with two runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Funke smacked an RBI double with a single apiece from Dahm, Frey, Keian Secrist, Norris (RBI) and Bender. Duhaime put up a pair of singles as well. Frey, Norris, White, Shane Alberts and Kolton Fangman shared the mound with Frey pitching two innings and giving up three hits and four runs while striking out four. Norris also pitched two innings, giving up four hits and three runs with one strikeout. White pitched one inning with one walk. Alberts gave up two hits and two runs in one inning of work and Fangman gave up two hits, one run and struck out one in one inning on the bump.
The Lightning struck hard in the bottom of game two’s first inning, plating seven runners in response to Hempstead taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the inning. The Mustangs plated two more in the third, but one Liberty run in the third, and one in the fourth, coupled with three scoreless innings for Hempstead, kept the Mustangs at bay. Hempstead put one run across in the top of the sixth.
Norris nailed two doubles and drove in two runs in the contest with Dahm, Funke, Boldt, and TJ Kimm also putting up a double each. Funke had three RBI with two from Dahm, and one RBI apiece for Boldt and Bender.
Dahm, Secrist, Funke, Ethan O’Donnell and Cody Schroeder shared the mound with Secrist pitching 2-2/3 innings, giving up four hits and four runs. Funke worked 1-1/3 innings giving up a hit and striking out one, O’Donnell had one inning and gave up two hits and one run with a strikeout, Schroeder put in an inning giving up two hits and one run with a strikeout and Dahm threw one inning of perfect ball– no hits, no runs, no errors.
Many of the seniors recognized played for Liberty as West High freshmen. They played at Penn Meadows Park, in North Liberty, the first year and spent two years calling Mount Mercy University’s diamond home while work continued on Liberty High’s athletic complex. Senior Night marked Liberty’s first games since June 25, as a June 29 doubleheader at Dubuque Wahlert Catholic was cancelled, and a Friday, July 3, double-dip at Waterloo West was postponed.