The Solon Springs High School baseball and softball teams went 4-0 against the Washburn Castle Guards in Indianhead Conference action Tuesday, May 14.
The Eagle baseball team gave head coach Nathan Ahlberg his 100th career win with a 13-11 victory in the opener. Solon Springs completed the sweep with a 14-9 win in Game 2.
The Eagle softball team had a much easier time of it winning 15-0 in three innings and 16-0 in five innings.
The Eagles had 15 hits, including four extra-base hits in a game that saw them take the lead for good with a five-run second inning.
Sophomore Drake Debeir was 3-for-5 with a triple, double and two RBIs; Colby Latvala had a pair of singles, an RBI and scored three runs; and Alex Hunter was 3-for-5 with two RBIs.
Latvala was the winning pitcher, allowing one earned run in 2-plus innings. He gave up five hits and struck out three. Hunter picked up the save with a scoreless inning that included a strikeout and two walks.
“We hit the ball very well in game one and Colby did a nice job in relief of Drake,” Ahlberg said. “Colby did give up five hits, but he didn’t walk a batter. Our defense needs to play better when we have a pitcher throwing strikes like Colby did tonight.”
The Eagles took a comfortable 12-1 in the top of the fifth inning of game two, on the strength of 13 hits, including a double, two singles, two RBIs and three runs scored by Aaron Pfister.
Latvala added two hits and three RBIs; Gage Blaylock doubled in a pair of runs; and Christian Sellwood doubled, singled, knocked in two runs and scored three times.
After picking up the save in game two, Hunter pitched into the third inning of Game 2, allowing one run. Ben Monson pitched the next three innings to pick up the win.
“Again we hit the ball well, but our pitchers need to do a better job of attacking the strike zone and our defense needs to limit the errors,” said Ahlberg, whose pitchers walked 17 batters in game two.
The Eagles (11-6, 10-5 IC) are scheduled to play at Drummond at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, in the Washburn Tournament against Hurley and then either Washburn or Mellen.
Kylli Rajala pitched all three innings in the opener, allowing two hits with eight strikeouts.
Rajala also pitched the first three innings of game two, allowing two hits with three strikeouts and one walk. Taylor Routley pitched a scoreless fourth inning with three strikeouts and one walk.
The Eagles had seven hits in the opener, led by Rajala, who homered, singled, knocked in two runs and scored three times.
Jetta Swanson added a single and three RBIs; Allison Androsky doubled in two runs; Morgan Anderson, Muree Ahlberg and Routley had a hit an RBI each; and Maddelyn Swanson had an RBI.
Solon Springs had 15 more hits in Game 2, including a triple, double, single and RBI from Rajala.
Ahlberg added three hits and three RBIs; Androsky had a triple, double and three RBIs; Lily Nordskog had a triple, double and three RBIs; Anderson triples; Swanson doubled and singled; Routley had an RBI single; and Swanson singled.
The Eagles are the No. 2 seed for the WIAA Division 5 playoffs and will host the winner of Birchwood and Washburn on Tuesday, May 21. Birchwood and Washburn played Thursday, May 16.