The Waukee baseball team picked up their 19th win of the season Thursday night with a 7-3 over Class 4A’s second ranked Urbandale.
The Warriors made the most of their chances as they scored their seven runs on just six hits, meanwhile drawing four walks to take the win.
Urbandale held a 1-0 lead following the third inning but in quite the offensive surge, Waukee struck for a six run fourth inning to break the game wide open and eventually take the win. After the game head coach David Dirkx mentioned there was one thing in particular that had the biggest impact in the win.
“Our consistency at the plate was huge in this game,” began Dirkx. “We went up against one of the best pitching teams in the state and we were consistent in our approach. We didn’t hurt ourselves by expanding the strike zone and we forced them to throw into our wheelhouse.”
Thursday’s performance was actually one of many recently as the Warriors have scored at least seven runs in each of their last seven wins. Thursday night, the Warriors took down an Urbandale pitching staff that had held opponents to to a .185 batting average and entered the night with nearly 190 strikeouts thrown. The Warriors held a J-Hawk pitching staff that has averaged six strikeouts per game to just three Thursday night.
On the other end of things, Warrior pitcher Drew Irvine who brought down a team averaging eight hits and six RBI’s per game to a mere seven hits and one RBI. The senior hurler went the distance with 102 pitching thrown, giving up just seven hits and one earned run. Meanwhile Irvine touched up five strikeouts in the process.
Coach Dirkx talked about the effectiveness of his senior star against quite the opponent.
“Drew pitched very well,” began Dirkx “He pitched his way out of a few jams and made big pitches when he needed to. When we didn’t field the ball well he helped the team out which is very important and shows why he’s one of the better one’s around.”
As for the offensive side of things, the Warriors poked across three doubled in the six hits across the game. One of those doubles came off the bat of Ethan Rose who drove in three of the team’s five RBI’s.
The Warriors are now 19-9 overall and will be taking on Norwalk on the road tonight, beginning at 7 p.m.