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Baseball recap: Heights sweeps Kapaun, improves to 10-0

Published April 18 at 1:47 a.m. | Last updated April 18 at 1:48 a.m.

Heights coach Jeff Topping knew this team would have potential, so the Falcons’ 10-0 start to the season isn’t really that surprising.

What does impress Topping, however, is his team’s chemistry. Whether it’s getting out of a jam on the field or messing around together away from the diamond, Topping thinks the cohesiveness on Heights this season is what makes his undefeated club stand out.

“I credit that to our great senior leadership from Aaron Bechtel, Blake Carroll, and Garrison Greer,” Topping said. “They’ve been playing since they were sophomores and they’ve been through the wars for us and they’re providing our young guys with some great leadership on how they go about their business.”

That chemistry showed on Monday in a doubleheader against Kapaun Mt. Carmel at Westurban, as the trio of seniors helped keep the team calm in their own different ways to erase a 4-1 deficit to roar back for a 16-4 victory in Game 1 and followed with it a dominant effort to win the nightcap 14-4.

“What makes this group special is they all lead in different ways,” Topping said. “Aaron is kind of the quite one and leads by example; Garrison is a little more fiery; and Blake is a mixture of both of them.”

Kapaun stunned Heights early, taking four runs off Bechtel, Heights’ ace, in the first two innings.

But the Falcons stayed composed behind their seniors and rallied in the fourth inning, stringing six straight hits together and finishing with eighth to hang six rungs in the fourth inning to take a 7-4 lead. Paul Mode, Houston McFarlane, Carroll, Bryce Boomsma, and Jordan Ellison all drove in runs on hits in the inning.

While Bechtel didn’t have his best stuff on the mound — he last five innings, allowing three earned runs on four hits, striking out three, and walking four — the senior did bring his best to the plate. Bechtel finished the doubleheader 8 for 10 with 4 runs, 6 runs batted in, and three doubles.

“He was really, really good for us offensively tonight,” Topping said. “He didn’t try to do too much with the ball. He has a lot of power, but tonight he was focused on just driving the ball. He hit three or four balls to the wall and turned them into doubles, so he was on fire offensively.”

The Falcons overwhelmed Kapaun in the second game, scoring five runs in the top-half of the first inning and building a 7-3 lead after three. Mode finished with three hits and drove in two runs, while Ellison and Cody Troyer each had two hits with Troyer finishing with three RBIs.

Heights has swept Garden City, South, East, North, and Kapaun, all teams with losing records and have a combined record of 8-16 against teams outside of Heights.

Topping said his team is exciting for the challenges the schedule will bring (Heights plays Bishop Carroll on April 24), but the Falcons aren’t getting caught up with “prove-it” games.

“Right now we are just focusing on us and what we can control, which is how we play,” Topping said. “It doesn’t matter what school we’re playing, we just want to play the game to the best of our ability and come through with timely hitting and great pitching and great defense. These next two or three weeks are going to be tough, but our guys are ready.”

BISHOP CARROLL 9, WEST 2

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W: Jacob Ensz. L: Skyler Shockey.

Carroll: Kobler 0-2, Whitchurch 2-4, Tangney 3-4, Theis 1-4, Ensz 0-3, Stuckey 2-3, Peters 0-3, Hipp 0-1, Lara 1-2, Freeman 1-4. Pitching: Ensz 6 IP-0 ER, St. Vrain 1-1.

West: Hopkins 0-1, Ramos 2-3, Veltman 0-3, Shockey 1-3, Salas 0-3, Thompson 0-2, Mares 0-1, Hungria 1-3, Pechin 0-2, Carrizalez 0-2, Albert 0-2. Pitching: Hopkins 1 1/3 IP-0 ER, Shockey 3-3, Hungria 1 1/3-0, Carrizalez 1.1-0.

HEIGHTS 16, KAPAUN 4

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W: Bechtel. L: Bell.

Heights: Carroll 1-4, Boomsma 2-4, Greer 1-3, Bechtel 3-5, Ellison 1-4, Troyer 2-4, Tate 1-5, Mode 1-3, McFarlane 3-4. Pitching: Bechtel 5 IP-3 ER, Kealey 1-0.

Kapaun: Meitzner 1-2, Hungate 0-3, Degenhardt 0-2, Valentas 0-3, Bell 0-2, Bezdek 0-1, Ferraro 1-1, Barr 0-1, Heiland 1-2, Meyerhoff 1-1, Landwehr 0-1, Burkhart 0-1. Pitching: Bell 3 2/3 IP-6 ER, Burkhart 2-0, Leyden 0 1/3-2.

HEIGHTS 14, KAPAUN 4

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Kapaun (1-6)21001004 9 5

W: Kealey. L: Degenhardt.

Heights: Carroll 2-5, Boomsma 1-3, Greer 0-4, Bechtel 5-5, Ellison 2-5, Troyer 2-2, Kealey 0-2, Tate 1-4, Mode 3-4, Chesser 0-1, McFarlane 0-2. Pitching: Troyer 1 IP-3 ER, Kealey 6-1.

Kapaun: Meitzner 3-4, Hungate 1-3, Degenhardt 1-4, Valentas 0-4, Bell 1-3, Ferraro 0-3, Heiland 1-1, Meyerhoff 0-2, Phillips 1-1, Landwehr 1-3. Pitching: Degenhardt 3 IP-7 ER, Landwehr 3 1/3-4, Barr 0 2/3-1.

ANDALE-GARDEN PLAIN 13, CIRCLE 1

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W: Postlethwait. L: Coulter.

Andale-GP: Denk 2-3, Savoie 0-3, Pacha 0-1, Postlethwait 1-3, Cates 0-0, Baxley 0-3, Herbst 1-3, Post 1-2, Barbeau 0-2, Wells 1-1. Pitching: Postlethwait 4 IP-0 ER, Winter 1-0.

Circle: Hutson 0-3, Barrier 0-1, Scharenberg 0-2, Terrones 1-2, Liby 0-2, Coulter 0-2, Schenker 1-2, Ketley 0-2, Storm 0-1. Pitching: Coulter 3 1/3 IP-4 ER, Ketley 0 2/3-4, Terrones 1-2.

ANDALE-GARDEN PLAIN 7, CIRCLE 3

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W: Baxley. L: Liby.

Andale-GP: Denk 0-3, Baxley 1-4, Postlethwait 1-2, Pacha 1-4, Niemann 0-3, Bugner 0-1, Herbst 0-3, Post 1-3, Cates 0-1, Wells 2-3. Pitching: Baxley 4 IP-1 ER, Bugner 2-0, Denk 1-0.

Circle: Hutson 1-3, Barrier 0-3, Scharenberg 2-4, Terrones 0-2, Liby 1-2, Myers 0-2, Coulter 1-3, Smith 0-3, Unruh 0-1, Ketley 1-1, Smith 0-1. Pitching: Liby 3 2/3 IP-6 ER, Scharenberg 2 1/3-0, Schenker 1-0.

AUGUSTA 10, COLLEGIATE 2

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W: Saldana. L: Parkhurst.

Collegiate: Kelley 0-4, Dick 0-3, Egan 0-3, Parrkhurst 0-1, Thornton 0-1, Egan 0-1, Flamini 0-1, Charbonneau 0-0, Allen 0-0, Meares 0-2.

Augusta: Whitehead 0-3, Saldana 3-3, Wesbrooks 0-0, Riley 0-4, Eldringhoff 1-3, Eberhardt 0-0, Roberts 1-1, Smith 1-2, McGuire 0-2, Barnett 1-1, Clausing 0-1.

AUGUSTA 9, COLLEGIATE 0

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W: Riley. L: Thornton.

Collegiate: Kelley 0-3, Dick 0-3, Egan 1-3, Thornton 0-2, McNerney 0-1, Egan 0-2, Egan 0-1, Flamini 1-2, Nesmith 0-1, Allen 1-3, Charbonneau 1-2, Meares 0-2. Pitching: Thornton 3 2/3 IP-3 ER, Charbonneau 1 2/3-2, Flamini 0 2/3-1.

Augusta: Whitehead 0-3, Saldana 1-2, Riley 1-3, Eldringhoff 2-4, Tole 1-4, Clausing 3-3, Blakesley 2-3, Eberhardt 1-3, Wesbrooks 0-4. Pitching: Riley 7 IP-0 ER.

McPHERSON 8, ROSE HILL 1

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Rose Hill (3-4)00000101 4 3

W: Werries. L: Greer. HR: Rose Hill, McBride.

McPherson: Werries 3-4, Saverino 0-4, Hoover 3-4, Reed 1-3, Reiss 2-4, Seidl 0-2, Sitts 2-4, Myers 0-3, Hoover 0-1, Reifschneider 1-4. Pitching: Werries 5 IP-0 ER, Hanken 2-1.

Rose Hill: McBride 1-3, Gregory 0-3, Scantlin 1-2, Moore 1-3, Ibarra 0-2, Greer 1-3, McAllister 0-3, Forsberg 0-3, Koenigsman 0-2, Stiles 0-1. Pitching: Greer 5 IP-3 ER, Forsberg 2-1.

McPHERSON 12, ROSE HILL 1

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W: Reifschneider. L: McBride.

McPherson: Werries 2-4, Saverino 4-4, Hoover 0-3, Reed 1-4, Reiss 0-2, Hanken 0-1, Seidl 0-3, Sitts 0-2, Myers 4-4, Reifschneider 0-1, Hoover 0-2. Pitching: Reifschneider 5 IP-0 ER, Reitsma 1-0.

Rose Hill: McBride 1-2, Gregory 0-3, Scantlin 0-3, Moore 0-3, Ibarra 0-2, Adams 0-1, Greer 0-2, McAllister 1-2, Forsberg 0-2, Koenigsman 0-2. Pitching: McBride 5 IP-2 ER, Forsberg 1-1.

BUHLER 4, CLEARWATER 2

BUHLER 13, CLEARWATER 0

EL DORADO 9, MULVANE 3

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INDEPENDENT 10, BELLE PLAINE 0

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W: Harmon. L: Nolan.

INDEPENDENT 12, BELLE PLAINE 1

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W: Sauer. L: Ray.

SEDGWICK 15, INMAN 5

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Sedgwick5234115 14 1

W: Hoffsommer. L: Dewitt.

Inman: Martin 0-3, Brown 0-3, Parkhurst 2-4, Strange 2-3, Dewitt 2-3, Lare 2-3, Druecker 0-2, Ramey 0-0, Thimmesch 1-3. Pitching: Dewitt 2 1/3 IP-4 ER, Thimmesch 1 2/3-3, Lare 0 2/3-1.

Sedgwick: Francis 0-4, Bever 1-3, Rutschman 2-3, Smith 1-3, H. Schroeder 1-2, Hoffsommer 2-4, Lacey 3-4, Bright 1-3, K. Schroeder 3-4. Pitching: Hoffsommer 3 IP-1 ER, Smith 1-0, Bever 1-1.

SEDGWICK 7, INMAN 6

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Sedgwick11110127 5 1

W: Bever. L: Martin.

Inman: Martin 1-4, Brown 3-4, Parkhurst 1-3, Strange 0-4, Dewitt 1-1, Druecker 1-4, Lucas 0-2, Thimmesch 0-2. Pitching: Strange 3 1/3 IP-3 ER, Brown 2 2/3-2, Martin 0 2/3-0.

Sedgwick: Francis 0-3, Bever 1-3, Rutschman 1-3, Smith 0-3, Schroeder 0-1, Hoffsommer 0-1, Park 0-2, Lacey 1-3, Bright 0-0, Schroeder 2-3. Pitching: White 3 IP-4 ER, Bright 1 2/3-0, Schroeder 1 1/3-1, Bever 1-0.

BLUESTEM 12, EUREKA 0

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W: Clift.

BLUESTEM 5, EUREKA 4

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