2012 Iowa Conference champions
WAVERLY—With just two players scoring runs for the Central College baseball team, Wartburg College silenced the Dutch offense 2-1 and 5-2 in an Iowa Conference doubleheader Saturday.
In the first game, both teams remained scoreless until the fifth inning when Wartburg (23-5 overall, 12-2 conference) had two players double. Central (15-10 overall, 7-7 conference) responded with a run in the sixth when center fielder Sam Stetzel (senior, Perry) singled and advanced to second on a Jordan Judkins (third base, junior, Marshalltown) sacrifice bunt. Second baseman Adam Ariola (junior, Bloomington, Ill., Normal HS) singled and drove in Stetzel for the only run of the game. Wartburg finished the game in the seventh inning with one more run.
Pitcher Ryan Goetzinger (Mason City) was charged with the loss, throwing 6.2 innings. Goetzinger (1-2) gave up six hits, two runs and struck out five.
“Ryan played outstanding,” said coach Adam Stevens. “He threw a great game and gave us a lot of chances. It was a fantastic effort on his part.”
In the nightcap, Wartburg took an early lead after stealing second base and driving in a run. Catcher Trent Smith (Polk City, North Polk HS) was walked and later scored an unearned run to tie the game in the fourth inning. After playing five innings, pitcher Ryan Dusil (junior, Cedar Rapids, Kennedy HS) faced four batters in the sixth, hitting two with the pitch and walking another. Wartburg, with bases loaded, cracked off a double and took the lead by two.
In the seventh, a double, a wild pitch and a single led to another Wartburg run. Central responded in the eighth with a Stetzel run, but the Dutch couldn’t overcome the Knights’ lead.
“We played with great effort,” Stevens said. “We played really hard, but we left too many on base. We didn’t take advantage of the chances we had and failed to execute when we needed it.”
Dusil (3-1) tallied his first loss. He pitched five innings, gave up three hits, three runs and walked two. Stetzel had three hits and two runs on the day.
Central plays another doubleheader against Wartburg Saturday, finishing the four-game series at 11 a.m.
“As a co-leader in the conference, Wartburg is a good team,” Stevens said. “We have to learn from our mistakes today, and make sure they don’t get as many chances to score tomorrow.”