Decorah’s offense comes to play with big hits and wins

By Becky Walz,

After dropping an extra-inning contest to Independence Wednesday, the Vikings tromped over Clear Lake and Waukon Thursday and Friday. The Decorah baseball team is now 15-8 overall and 14-4 in the conference.

After dropping an extra-inning contest to Independence Wednesday, the Vikings tromped over Clear Lake and Waukon Thursday and Friday. The Decorah baseball team is now 15-8 overall and 14-4 in the conference.

Extra inning loss
Decorah fought back against Independence (17-7) throughout Wednesday’s home contest, falling in the eighth inning 9-5.
The Vikes answered the Mustangs’ first inning tally when Noah Storts scored on a Sam Kleiner single. Independence added a solo homer in the third and two more runs in the fourth. Then it was time for Decorah to get to work putting the ball in play. A single by Jacob Pipho opened the door for the Vikes, later scoring on a Kaden Alstad sac fly. Brady Stille and Ben Wymer also scored in the third on a double by Keenan Tyler to tie the score 4-4. 
A single run in the seventh by Independence put the pressure on Decorah to do the same which came as the Vikes loaded the bases on a Brody Young single and walks issued to Pipho and Stille. With two outs, Young later scored the tying run when Ethan Holthaus was hit by a pitch.
Independence once again responded in the eighth, scoring four runs on three singles and a three-run homer, making it hard for Decorah to come back.
Fisher Tweten stood on the mound for the final inning to suffer the loss after Stille threw for the first six frames. Also climbing the hill for Decorah was Holthaus and Dane Frieden.
Decorah had nine hits in the contest with Tyler having a double for two RBI. Storts had two singles, as did Pipho.

    R  H
Indep. 1 0 1 2 0 0 1 4 9 15
Decorah 1 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 5   9
Fisher Tweten (LP) – 1IP, 4R, 4H, 1K; Brady Stille (SP) – 6IP, 5R, 11H, 2BB, 2K; Ethan Holthaus (RP) – 1/3IP, 1K; Dane Frieden (RP) – 2/3IP
2B – Keenan Tyler 1; 1B – Noah Storts 2; Jacob Pipho 2; Brody Young 1; Sam Kleiner 1; Kaden Alstad 1; Ben Wymer 1; RBI – Tyler 2; Kleiner 1; Holthaus 1; Alstad 1; SB – Wymer 1

Two big innings
The Vikings put Thursday’s game away at Clear Lake (7-11) with a pair of big innings to claim a 28-3 victory.
Carrying a 2-1 lead into the fourth, Decorah sent 19 batters to the plate, scoring 15 runs. Again, in the fifth, the Vikes batted through the order nearly two full times to score 11 more.
Decorah had 18 hits in the contest. Poking out doubles for the Vikes were Brady Bohner, Caleb Meyer and Storts.  Driving in four runs for Decorah was Storts, while Ben Wymer had three RBI.
Picking up the win on the hill was Kleiner who gave up three runs on five hits with seven strikeouts.

      R  H
Decorah 0 2 0 15 11 x x 28 18
Cl. Lake 0 0 1 2 0 x x  3   5
Kleiner (WP) – 5IP, 3R, 5H, 7K
2B – Brady Bohner 1; Caleb Meyer 1; Noah Storts 1; 1B – Cade Olson 2; Frieden 2; Wymer 2; Storts 1; Caleb Meyer 1; Tyler 1; Young 1; Joseph Hjelle 1; Stille 1; Jackson Knocke 1; Landon Kuennen 1; Noah Spilde-Maki 1; RBI – Storts 4; Wymer 3; Meyer 2; Hjelle 2; Kuennen 2; Frieden 2; Bohner 2; Tyler 1; Olson 1; Brickley 1; Tweten 1; Cale Donlon 1; Spilde-Maki 1

Clean sweep
Taking their game on the road again Friday, Decorah made the short trek to Waukon to defeat the Indians (12-15, 6-12 NEIC) in conference action.
The bats were hot early in game one as the Vikes scored 10 runs in the first inning, highlighted by a Keenan Tyler grand slam and solo homer by Storts. Waukon managed to scratch two runs across home plate in the opening frame and the second, cutting the lead to one with a five-run third stanza. With the large lead gone, Decorah put together three more solid frames with three runs in the fourth, nine in the fifth and two in the sixth to end the game early.
With 22 hits scattered among numerous batters, Decorah had three other shots over the fence by Stille, Holthaus and Wymer, with Tyler, Stille and Holthaus all driving in four runs. With three RBI apiece were Storts, Kleiner and Pipho.
Combining time on the hill for the win were Frieden, Landon Kuennen and Brayden Hartl.
Game two also saw Decorah dominate at the plate with three home runs aiding in the 14-7 victory. 
Kleiner scored one of the Vikes’ three runs in the first on a solo shot over the left field fence. Storts hit his second homer of the night in the third inning for two of his four RBI in the game. Kleiner notched his second home run of the game in the sixth with Frieden sending the ball over the fence to start the seventh inning.
On the mound for Decorah in game two were Bohner, Tweten and Holthaus.

      R H
Decorah 10 0 0 3 9 2 x 24 22
Waukon 2 2 5 2 3 0 x 14 14
Dane Frieden (WP) – 2-2/3IP, 8R, 8H, 2BB, 2K; Landon Kuennen (RP) – 1R, 3BB; Brayden Hartl (RP) – 2-1/3IP, 5R, 6H, 2BB, 2K
HR – Tyler 1; Storts 1; Stille 1; Holthaus 1; Wymer 1; 3B – Storts 1; 2B – Tyler 2; Kleiner 1; Alstad 1; 1B – Brody Young 2; Storts 2; Kleiner 2; Pipho 2; Stille 2; Tyler 1; Alstad 1; RBI – Tyler 4; Stille 4; Holthaus 4; Storts 3; Kleiner 3; Pipho 3; Young 1; Alstad 1; Wymer 1; SB – Kleiner 1

 R H
Decorah 3 0 3 4 1 1 2 14 14
Waukon 0 0 0 7 0 0 0   7 8
Brady Bohner (WP) – 3-2/3IP, 7R, 8H, 1BB, 6K; Fisher Tweten (RP) – 1/3IP, 1K; Holthaus (RP) – 3IP, 2BB, 4K
HR – Kleiner 2; Storts 1; Frieden 1; 2B – Tyler 1; Wymer 1; 1B – Young 2; Storts 2; Tyler 1; Stille 1; Frieden 1; RBI – Storts 4; Kleiner 3; Young 2; Joseph Hjelle 2; Tyler 1; Stille 1; Frieden 1

Busy week ahead
The Vikings were at New Hampton Monday. Decorah hosts Williamsburg Tuesday, June 28, at 7 p.m., then travel to Linn-Mar Thursday, June 30. Decorah is back at home Friday, July 1, versus West Delaware.


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