WAVERLY — Top-ranked New Hampton’s perfect run through the Northeast Iowa Conference came to an end Tuesday.
The Chickasaws, however, did not go home unhappy.
Eighth-ranked Waverly-Shell Rock (Class 3A) handed No. 1 New Hampton (2A) just its second overall loss and first in 13 NEIC games at Hertel Field, 4-3 in eight innings. The Chickasaws then erupted for 15 hits in the nightcap and a 15-7 victory.
New Hampton entered the doubleheader with a sparking 22-1 overall mark and a 12-0 league record, including a 4-1 victory over the Go-Hawks (17-5) June 1 in New Hampton.
“Every time we play Waverly-Shell Rock it is a dogfight, but that is what makes it fun,” Chickasaw head coach Cory McDonald said. “Tip of the hat to W-SR, both games really, but that was a really competitive game. Clean and fun because it was good baseball.”
After New Hampton led game one, 2-1, after two innings, a two-out, two-run error in the third put the Go-Hawks in front 3-2. The Chickasaws tied it in the sixth on a Carter Stochl single with two outs.
It stayed that way until the bottom of the eighth when W-SR’s No. 8 and No. 9 hitters, Brady Thompson and Kaden Dewey, walked with two outs. Leadoff hitter Ryan Willis drilled a Keegan Tenge fastball back through the box and into centerfield, scoring Thompson with the game-winning run.
“I just took it right back up the middle. Felt pretty good about it,” Willis said. “We knew they were a good team, and we think we are a good team and it was going to be a fight and that is what it was.
“We just tried to stay level, keep batting and eventually felt we’d break through and we did.”
“I can’t recall in my time here us beating a No. 1 team in the state,” Go-Hawks head coach Casey Klunder said. “That was a good ball game. We got a nice start from Brady Leonard.”
Leonard matched Chickasaw ace Stochl, wiggling his way out of trouble, including leaving runners standing in scoring position in six of his seven innings of work.
New Hampton scored three times in the first inning of game two to take an early lead and then broke the game open with five-run fourth and sixth innings.
Among the Chickasaws’ 15 hits were doubles by Stochl, winning pitcher Ryan Gorman, Zach Wemark, Aden Zwanziger and a triple by Tenge. Off the bench, Wyatt Stochl drove in three.
“We truly aren’t focused on conference wins and losses,” McDonald said. “After last season, we have one goal and one goal only.
“We have a very competitive group and they are accustomed to winning. Without a doubt there was more fire to come out and do better (after game one). There definitely was a competitive fire that was lit after that loss and that showed.”
Despite trailing 14-3 after 5 1/2 in the nightcap, the Go-Hawks didn’t go away quietly. They scored four times in the bottom of the sixth, including a big two-run single by Hunter Destival. But it was a little too late.
“They were able to put that one out of reach and the problem was we weren’t able to stop the bleeding,” said Klunder.
Waverly-S.R. 4-7, N. Hampton 3-15
New Hampton 110 001 00 — 3 6 1
Waverly-S.R. 102 000 01 — 4 6 1
Stochl, Gorman (7), Tenge (8) and Fye. Leonard, Stensland (8) and Destival. WP — Stensland. LP — Tenge.
New Hampton 301 505 1 — 15 15 3
Waverly-S.R. 101 014 0 — 7 10 3
Gorman, Tenge (6), Hopp (6), Kane (6) and Fye, Gorman (6). L. Willis, Vowels (4), Stensland (6) and Destival. WP — Gorman. LP — Willis. 2B — Destival (WSR), C. Stochl (NH), Gorman (NH), Zwanziger (NH), Little (WSR), Wemark (NH). 3B — Tenge.