WAVERLY — Waverly-Shell Rock and Charles City have already seen a lot of each other this high school baseball season.
And after watching each other pound out decisive Class 3A district wins Friday, the Go-Hawks and Comets are set to tangle for the fourth time Monday night on Wartburg College’s Hertel Field.
Friday night, Charles City got things started with a 13-3 win over Center Point-Urbana. Waverly-Shell Rock followed with an 11-0 rout of Crestwood.
The Go-Hawks (30-7) scratched a single run across the plate in each of the first three innings. Luke Willis drove in the first run with an RBI double, then Connor Havlovic singled in Pete McMillin in the second and Willis stole home in the third for a 3-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Brady Leonard was in control in the mound.
“I just knew I was going to work at hitting the zone with my fastball,” said Leonard. “I would work in a breaking ball or a change-up, but it just didn’t matter because we were under the mindset to not let them get any runners. This was probably the most complete game we have played all year.”
Leonard gave way to Willis after four strong innings.
“I was becoming more confident with each out, but I knew after the fourth that Luke would be coming in,” said Leonard. “It was alright, though. Our team’s whole performance was awesome.”
The Go-Hawks blew the game open in the bottom of the fourth as they scored eight runs on five hits for an 11-0 game.
Willis then struck out the first two batters he faced and snagged a come-backer for the game’s final out.
“Brady Leonard has been dynamite lately,” W-SR coach Casey Klunder said. “We need that right now in this pitch-count era. We also needed the bats to come to life and tonight they did. From one to nine this was the best we’ve hit all year.”
In the opening game, Charles City (16-11) broke a 4-3 game open in the fifth frame by scoring eight runs. Four hit batsmen with the bases loaded helped the Comets’ rally, which featured just three hits.
Charles City ended the game via the 10-run rule in the sixth.
The Comets won the season’s first matchup with the Go-Hawks, 5-1, but W-SR took the next two by 7-1 and 9-8 margins. Monday, both teams will be fighting for their postseason lives.
“We look forward to meeting Charles City Monday night and it will be very tough,” said Klunder. “We have seen them many times this year and a lot of these guys are friends with each other from both teams.
“It is going to be a good one and we are going to have to have a very good practice Sunday night.”
CHAS. CITY 13, CENTER PT.-URB. 3
CP-U 010 020 — 3 5 0
Charles City 000 481 — 13 9 0
Maverick Gatrost, Carsten Zange (4), Grant Bryant (5), Jon Karteus (5) and Hardy Mahoney. Dylan Salinas, Theo Arndt (4), Cole Reams (5) and Reams, Salinas (4). WP—Salinas (4-0). LP—Gatrost. 3B—Reams (CC). 2B—Wyatt Stevenson (CC).
WAVERLY-SR 11, CRESTWOOD 0
Crestwood 000 00 — 0 1 4
Waverly-SR 111 8x — 11 8 0
Frank Hrdlicka, Carter Henry (4) and Jon Henry. Brady Leonard, Luke Willis (5) and Carter Langreck. WP—Leonard (5-2). LP—Hrdlicka (1-2). 3B—L. Willis (WSR). 2B—Willis (WSR).