Waukee baseball takes down Roosevelt in doubleheader action

Andrew Brown - Sports Reporter
Dallas County News

The Waukee High School baseball team was looking to keep their recent winning ways going as they battled a tough Des Moines Roosevelt team Friday, June 19 in Waukee.

In front of the hometown faithful, Waukee came out on top, besting the visiting Roughriders 8-2 in the opening contest and 12-1 in game two. In game one, the Class 4A fifth-ranked Warriors were quite efficient in their performances, picking up those seven runs on just six hits. Waukee made the most of their six hits which included one single, four doubles, and a Jalen Martinez home run which marked the first long ball of the season for Waukee. It marked quite the game for Martinez overall who contributed three of the six total hits in the game for Waukee, falling a triple shy of the cycle. Also picking up hits in game one were John Doty with a single while Jacob Barton and Luke Gainer picked up doubles for the contest.

Waukee kicked off game one early with one run in the first and a five-run spot in the second inning, thus earning a 6-0 lead early in the contest. The Warriors tacked on two more while allowing just two runs total to Roosevelt the entire game. On the mound, it was a shared load between sophomore Anthony Watts and junior Ben Everhart. Everhart went four innings for Waukee giving up just two earned runs while striking out five Roughrider batters. Watts went nearly unblemished in his three innings, giving up just two hits with no earned runs and a pair of strikeouts.

Game two for the Warriors saw an even bigger offensive explosion as they downed Des Moines Roosevelt 12-1. The runs came in bunches for the Warriors including a seven-run second inning and a five-run fourth inning. In total, six batters picked up at least one hit in game two while two of those recorded two hits. Those multi-hit games came from Aiden McGee who only found doubles in his two hits while bringing in three of Waukee’s 12 runs for the game two win. The other multi-hit contest belonged to Jackson Wentworth who delivered on two hits in three trips to the plate and punched in two of Waukee’s 12 runs for the game. The other Warriors striking hits for the game included Jalen Martinez, Luke Rainer (driving in one run), Jacob Barton who picked up two RBI with his first home run of the season, John Doty, and Cooper Crouse. Overall it was quite the game for Barton who did some damage on the pitching mound as well, going four strong innings giving up no earned runs while striking out four batters.

Overall the Warriors elevated their record Friday night to 5-1 to kick off the first week of competitive action. Up next for the Warriors will be a road battle with the defending Class 4A champion Urbandale J-Hawks to begin the second week of play. The doubleheader battle will begin with game one first pitch at 5 p.m.