Make it four straight wins and and eight victories out of the past 11 games for the Waukee baseball team.
The Warriors beat the storm Monday night and swept Ankeny in two games 2-0 and 9-0.
Waukee put up eight hits in the 2-0 win with Tony Oleshko and Tyler Cleven driving in the two runs offensively. Meanwhile Kyle Sorenson matched his season high in strikeouts with seven through seven innings while allowing just three hits in the process.
Efficiency was the name of the game in the second outing against Ankeny. Nine hits equated to nine runs with Ethan Rose and Tyrese Moore plating a pair of runs. Rose was one of two Warrior batters to record two hits in the outing. Drew Irvine took time away from shortstop to pitch six innings and dish out 12 strikeouts which marked the most strikeouts by a single Warrior pitcher this season.
The double header sweep over Ankeny puts the Warriors at a mark of 5-3 in conference play while also marking the third series where Waukee won game one by two runs or less while winning game two by five runs or more. Head coach Dave Dirkx credits a lot of the success with the arms on the mound.
“Our pitching has been outstanding so far this season,” began Dirkx. “Our pitching has allowed us to stay in those low run games and come out on top. Even when our offense hasn’t been very consistent, our pitching has kept us in games long enough for our offense to dial in some runs.”
The Warrior pitching staff has been more than effective this season accounting for a conference best team ERA of 1.69 with 83 strikeouts.
On the offensive end, the Warriors have proven they can win in various fashions with a lot of the credit being given to the team’s power.
“We have pretty good power in our line up game in and game out,” began Dirkx. “For the most part we’ve been consistent in getting extra base hits which is huge in any game. Each extra base hit allows us to put that much more pressure on the other team. The thing about it is we just need more at bats to be more consistent overall.”
Consistency has definitely come in the form of extra base hits as the Warriors have connected on at least one extra base hit in all but one game this season. In the last four contests, Waukee has totaled eight doubles, matching eighth ranked Valley as the only two conference teams with such a mark.
While coach Dirkx emphasizes team over individuals, he did mention one individual who has really helped the Warriors with a hot start. Jake Morrison has been on as hot of a start as anyone so far, amassing a .400 batting average and 18 RBI’s through just 13 games played.
“Jake has been a very hot hitter as of late,” said Dirkx. “He’s seeing the ball well and not swinging at too many wild pitches.”
The Warriors will be back in action Wednesday, June 13 with a road trip to Ankeny Centennial for a conference double header.