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Two-game skid to end regular season

Solon falls to Mt. Pleasant, Bettendorf

SOLON– It was a tough way to end the regular season.
Solon’s varsity baseball team played back-to back games, road and home, to conclude the official schedule and came away with losses to Mount Pleasant and Bettendorf.
The Spartans fell to the Panthers 12-9 at Mount Pleasant July 13 and then lost to the Bulldogs 13-4 at home July 14.
Solon’s record dropped to 13-7.
The Spartans had an opportunity for the win against the Panthers, knotting up the game 7-7 in the fifth inning, but Mount Pleasant built some separation with five runs in the sixth.
“Unfortunately, we had a rough half of the sixth inning and a leadoff error led to two more,” reported Solon Head Baseball Coach Keith McSweeney. “We gave them six outs in the inning and they were able to capitalize.”
Freshman Blake Timmons and junior Jake Van Roeckel carried the bulk of the load on the mound, with help from juniors Austin Schwake and Will Noonan. Solon’s pitchers gave up nine hits, but six of Mount Pleasant’s 11 runs were unearned.
Timmons allowed two hits while striking out two and issuing no walks. Van Roeckel struck out three and walked two, giving up five hits.
The Panthers struck first, scoring two runs in the first inning, and added three more after the Spartans plated a runner in the second.
Down 5-1, Solon erased the deficit with five runs in the fourth inning, taking a short-lived 6-5 lead. The Panthers clawed back on top with two runs in bottom of the sixth, and the Spartans tied it up with a run in the fifth.
Solon’s offense cranked out 12 hits, drew five walks and only struck out once, hitting .414 against a pair of Panther pitchers.
Seniors Cael O’Neill and Sully Steen had three-hit games, each with a double. Steen and junior Jackson Ryan each had two RBI. Junior Brady Jeworrek added two walks and scored three runs.
Bettendorf was able to take advantage of 13 walks from Solon pitchers the next evening, building an 11-2 lead after three innings
“That's been the common denominator in our losses... free bases,” McSweeney said. “We just can't overcome that deficiency in some of our games... it puts too much pressure on our defense to be perfect.”
The Spartans made the most of three hits, scoring twice in the bottom of the first and twice more in the fifth. Jeworrek was 2-3 with two doubles and an RBI. Incoming freshman Brett White added two RBI on a single and two walks.