Baseball Roundup: Regina Wraps Up RVC South Division Title With Sweep of West Liberty


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Regina wrapped up the River Valley Conference South Division title with a doubleheader sweep of West Liberty on Tuesday in Iowa City.

The Regals won the opener 15-5 and took the nightcap 9-4 to improve to 23-7 on the season and 16-2 in RVC play.

Class 2A third-ranked Regina won its final seven conference games to finish one game in front of Wilton in the South Division standings.

West Liberty dropped to 9-15 and 6-11 in RVC play with the sweep.

Regina jumped to a 12-0 lead just two innings into the opener and rolled to a five-inning win.

Ryne Schooley went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI while Evan Suchomel was 1-for-2 with a double, two runs and three RBI.

Nick Brandt and Ryan Schott each had two hits while Blake Berns and Mitch Gahan each scored two runs.

Jayden Kies picked up the win allowing five runs, one earned on five hits while striking out seven.

Gahan had two hits and Brandt had a hit and drove in two runs in a 9-4 win in game two.

Trent Hoogerwerf and Blake Berns each had a hit and drove in a run in the nightcap.

Brandt earned the win allowing four runs, one earned, on nine hits in a complete game.

Game 1

West Liberty    001  40  –    5   5   6

Regina            570  12  –  15  11  3

W – Jayden Kies         L – Justis Dengler

2B – ICR: Ryan Schott, Evan Suchomel

Game 2

West Liberty    030  001  0  –  4  9  5

Regina            021  600  x  –  9  8  4

W – Nick Brandt        L – Brayton Rock

2B – WL: Bryce Esmoil

West Branch Sweeps Tipton

West Branch closed its conference season with a sweep of Cedar County rival Tipton on Tuesday in a River Valley Conference South Division doubleheader in Tipton.

The Bears won the opener 8-3 and took the nightcap 12-4 while improving to 10-13 on the season and 7-11 in RVC play. Tipton dropped to 11-13 and 9-9 in conference contests.

Ted Bridges tossed a complete game to earn the win in the opener, allowing three runs on nine hits and also went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI.

Tanner Lukavsky went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and two RBI to lead the West Branch attack while Pete Espensen went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI.

Cade Aspelmeier had three hits and Trey Eagle had two hits in the win.

Espensen picked up the win in the nightcap allowing two earned runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings and Jaden Hierseman worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.

Brady Lukavsky, Tanner Lukavsky and Eagle all had two hits in game two.

Tanner Lukavsky had a triple, scored twice and drove in two runs while Eagle doubled, scored a run and drove in a run.

Matt Whaley had a hit and drove in three runs and Espensen had a hit and scored three runs.

Game 1

West Branch   000  503  0  –  8  13

Tipton             100  000  2  –  3   9

W – Ted Bridges

2B – WB: Tanner Lukavsky, Ted Bridges, Pete Espensen

3B – WB: Tanner Lukavsky

Game 2

West Branch   020  604  0  –  12  10

Tipton             000  022  0  –   4    7

W – Pete Espensen

Solon Has Win Streak Stopped With Loss to No. 6 CR Xavier

Solon had a six-game winning streak with a 10-1 loss to Class 3A sixth-ranked Cedar Rapids Xavier in a non-conference top-10 matchup on Tuesday in Solon.

Fifth-ranked Solon dropped to 25-9 on the season while Xavier improved to 24-9 with its 11th consecutive win.

Cedar Rapids Xavier        103  210  3  –  10  14

Solon                              000  001  0  –   1    7

W – Bryson Bastian