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Spartans close out regular season with losses

Solon falls on the road to City High, Fairfield

FAIRFIELD– Two quality opponents handed Solon’s varsity baseball team a pair of losses to end the regular season.
The Spartans took to the road for back-to-back games against City High and Fairfield July 15 and 16, and came home on the wrong end of 7-2 and 14-4 scores.
“We couldn't get anything going against City High... just played flat,” reported Solon Head Coach Keith McSweeney.
Starting pitcher Ryan Geistkemper kept the Spartans in the game against City High July 15 in Iowa City.
Geistkemper gave up three earned runs on four hits while walking three and striking out two over four innings. City High broke through with two early runs in the first and added another in the third while City High’s Kyle Clark held Solon’s offense scoreless.
The Spartans broke through for a run in the top of the fourth against Clark, and trimmed the lead to 3-2 with another in the top of the fifth.
But City High scored two in the home half of the fifth and added two more in the sixth for the 7-2 win.
Sully Steen pitched two innings of relief for Solon, giving up four runs (two earned) on four hits while walking three and striking out one in two innings of work.
Seven different Spartans– Cam Miller, Cole Arduser, Jackson Pipolo, Jax Flynn, Geistkemper, Nico Longo and Brady Jeworrek– had hits. Flynn’s was a double.
Fairfield was a different story, Coach McSweeney said.
“We saw their No. 1 (senior Kosta Papazogolou) and got on him in the first, putting up three runs,” he reported. “We were a botched pick play away from getting out of the bottom half still up 3-0 and they just started stroking the ball.”
Fairfield erased the deficit with seven runs (three earned) in the bottom of the first off Solon starter Jake Van Roekel, who gave up four hits and four walks before being relieved by Brayden Rickertsen. Rickertsen gave up three earned runs on four hits while striking out two and walking two. Drew Turner pitched the final two outs of the five-inning game and was charged with four earned runs.
“They were probably the best hitting team we saw all year,” McSweeney said. “Jake Van Roekel actually looked pretty good, and so did Brayden Rickertsen, but they just put a bunch of really good swings on it.”
The Spartans were held to six hits, including two each for Miller and Chris McSweeney. Pipolo added a double while Flynn singled. Chris McSweeney, Nolan Pattison and Flynn each had an RBI in the 14-4 loss.