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Solon takes 3 of 4 on the road

Spartans sweep Raiders, split with Mustangs
Sully Steen (pictured here against Clear Creek Amana) threw three innings of one-hit ball, striking out one in an 8-3 road win over Williamsburg July 6. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

SOLON– It was a successful week on the road for the Spartans.
Solon’s varsity baseball team took three out of four away from home, sweeping Williamsburg July 6 and splitting with Mount Vernon July 10.
The Spartans have won eight of their last nine and improved to 13-9 on the season.
Solon pitching held Williamsburg to just six hits in the opener, although the Raiders jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings.
The Spartans took control of the game late, scoring four runs in the fifth to take the lead, and adding an insurance run in the sixth before piling on with five runs in the seventh for a 10-4 win.
Four of Solon’s nine hits went for extra bases and the Spartans drew seven walks off the Raider pitching.
Junior Carson Shive was 2-2 with two doubles and two RBI. Senior Nolan Pattison was 2-4 with a pair of singles and two RBI. Freshman Blake Timmons and incoming freshman Brett White each had a double. Timmons scored three times, White and senior Cole Arduser, twice.
Junior Will Noonan allowed an unearned run on five hits while walking two and striking out two over 5 1/3 innings on the hill.
The Raiders took an early lead in the nightcap, only to see the Spartans win the late innings and the game, 8-3.
“We typically discuss winning the fifth, sixth and seventh innings,” noted Solon Head Baseball Coach Keith McSweeney. “I've heard my seniors repeat this recently... I'm proud that's become their mentality, because teams that win these innings typically win the game.”
Solon chipped away at the 3-0 Williamsburg lead with two runs in the third inning, and pushed ahead with two more in the fifth. Four more insurance runs crossed the plate in the sixth.
Arduser was 2-3 with two singles and three RBI, while White was 3-4 with two doubles and two RBI. Junior Drew Turner and senior Cael O’Neil also added doubles.
Timmons and senior Sully Steen shared time on the mound.
Timmons gave up three unearned runs on six hits with five strikeouts and two walks over four innings, while Steen threw three innings of one-hit ball, striking out one.
“Of our 28-person roster, 18 of them have thrown bullpens for us at one time or another,” McSweeney said. “The constant variable for us when we win is that we throw strikes and don't give opposing hitters any free bases. Lucas Walker, Jacob Smith and most recently, Sully Steen have been the most consistent with that this season. We've had other guys flash, and when they do, we are tough to beat.”
Smith held the Mustangs to five hits and four earned runs in the opener at Mount Vernon, a 14-4 win. Smith struck out two and walked three over six innings. Senior Mathieux Rehnke threw an inning of scoreless relief, allowing one hit.
The Spartans took the early lead this time, pushing the first run of the game across in the top of the second inning.
Solon stretched the lead to 6-1 in the fifth, but the Mustangs responded with three runs in the home half of the inning to make it 6-4.
The Spartans added a run in the sixth, but blew the game open with seven runs in the seventh.
Five Solon players had multiple hits, including White (2-4, three runs scored), Arduser (3-4, four RBI, two runs scored), sophomore Kinnick Pusteoska (2-2 with a double and two runs scored), Shive (2-4, three RBI) and junior Jackson Ryan (2-4 with a triple, an RBI and two runs scored).
Shive leads the team for the season with a .400 batting average.
“Carson is a competitor... period,” McSweeney said. “He gives us some toughness... we figured that out the first day we took the balls out of the closet this past winter. He has been a big key to our success.”
Arduser is second on the team, batting .377 on the season. Each has 20 hits.
Runs were harder to come by in the nightcap against the Mustangs, an 8-1 loss.
Pusteoska had two of the team’s eight hits, both doubles, but Ryan scored the team’s lone run on an RBI by White in the top of the third inning.
Mount Vernon took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the third, and added two more runs in the fourth before putting it out of reach with three more in the sixth.
Turner threw three innings on the mound, giving up three runs on four hits while striking out three and walking five. Timmons allowed two unearned runs on a hit and two walks with one strikeout over two innings, and junior Brayden Rickertsen gave up three runs on one hit and two walks, but struck out two in the loss.