Perfection isn’t a word used to describe many sporting events, but it could very well describe the performance put forth by the Waukee baseball team Monday night in a 15-0 postseason win.
The Warriors were at home taking on the Sub-state Eight fourth seeded Lewis Central Titans and easily took the win in four innings of action. The Warriors belted out 15 hits in those four innings with nearly every batter contributing a hit.
After four strikeouts by Waukee pitcher Kyle Sorenson in the top of the first, the Waukee bats came alive and did so quickly with seven hits and six runs in the bottom of the first. The Fourth of July fireworks were still on display in bat form highlighted by a moon shot home run by Jake Morrison as he got the scoring parade started. That long ball marked the fifth home run of the season for the senior and he talked about the blast after the game.
“He (pitcher) threw me two good pitches that were outside and low that I took and I was down 0-2 and kind of worried,” began Morrison. “I think he was trying to go up with it and left it up and I made him pay for it.”
That highlighted a perfect 3-3 night at the plate for Morrison who ended with three RBI’s which brings his season total to 34 runs batted in.
Following Morrison’s blast, the Warriors rattled off six hits in the next seven at bats including a trio of doubles. Ethan Rose, Zach Pierson, and Nolan Roethler all added RBI’s to the first inning cause as well.
Two more runs came around to score in the bottom of the second to increase the already sizable Warrior lead to 8-0 heading into the third. Kyle Sorenson had his only scare on the mound in the top half of the third with two hits but with two on and two out, the senior struck out the side and thwarted the best chance for a run by Lewis Central.
Without Lewis Central capitalizing on their opportunities in the top of the third, Waukee made them pay in a big way come the next half inning. Waukee improved upon their first inning performance by plating seven runs off of seven hits, four of which were doubles. Sorenson made sure no comeback would ensue from the Titans and after plating 15 runs in just three innings, the Warriors would win big 15-0.
Waukee was just as flawless in the field with an error-less ball game and a momentum inducing play by Nolan Roethler who threw out a would be ground ball single to right field from back near the fence. Also with a near flawless performance was Sorenson on the mound. The senior tossed a season high nine strikeout game while issuing just one walk and giving up a mere two hits in the contest. Sorenson is now 6-3 on the season with 42 total strikeouts.
Even though the masterful performance seemed like a complicated outing, the key to it all for Sorenson had more to do with the simplicity of his performance.
“The big thing was not to over do it and just simply do me,” began Sorenson. “I knew I needed to get ahead in the count so I made sure to mix up my pitches and stay within myself.”
Offensively the Warriors posted 15 runs on 15 hits with four walks and twelve RBI’s. It was an offensive clinic the Warriors put on and an outing that head coach David Dirkx thought was one of their best yet.
“Tonight was probably our best hitting night of the season,” began Dirkx. “We got out early but with a slow pitcher I thought we did an even better job of not being overly aggressive. We’ve done that a couple times this year and it’s bitten us but tonight we stayed withing ourselves and got the job done.”
Got the job done they sure did as all but one batter recorded a hit meanwhile every batter reached base safely, marking just the second time all season long.
The eighth ranked Warriors are now 28-11 on the season and are now just one game shy of their seventh state tournament appearance. In their way is the sub-state eight championship game against Dowling Catholic of West Des Moines. Waukee will be facing the familiar foe for the third time this season and will be looking for their second win in three games.
The state tournament caliber match up will take place in West Des Moines on Wednesday, July 18 and will begin with first pitch at 7 p.m.