HS Baseball: No. 1 Ankeny Sweeps Kennedy

By Jeremiah Davis

CEDAR RAPIDS – The Ankeny baseball team showed why they are the No. 1 team in the state last night.

The Hawks (20-5) snapped Kennedy's (15-11) five-game winning streak by sweeping the Cougars, 7-4 and 6-1, in last night's non-conference doubleheader.

Cougars sophomore Sammy Lizarraga was charged with the loss, pitching six innings, giving up six runs on nine hits while striking out six.

The Cougars rallied in the sixth inning with scoring three runs after a double that drove in two runs by senior Tony Maiers and an RBI single by junior Jimmy Cunningham.

Hawks pitcher Nate Schweens received the win as he went six innings, surrendering four runs on seven hits, while striking out seven. Junior Zach Morrissey came in during the seventh inning for relief, and earned his second save of the season.

Ankeny senior shortstop Tanner Buenting went 2-for-3 with a triple, a run scored and two RBIs. Junior second baseman Brent Jones also went 3-for-4 with a triple and a run scored.

In the night cap, Hawks senior Matt Johnson threw six innings allowing one run on four hits and had five strike outs

Cougars sophomore Jackson Behn got the loss pitching five and two-thirds innings allowing four runs on eight hits.

Johnson went 2-for-4 at the plate and helped his own cause by hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning, while junior Keanton McKinny also went 2-for-4 with a solo shot of his own in the sixth inning.

The Cougars' only run came in the sixth inning when Maiers (1-for-3) drove in junior Jared Staton on a double to center field.

"They're the defending state champions and they are the number one team for a reason," Kennedy baseball coach Bret Hoyer said about Ankeny. "They played very well and was really tough on us."

The Cougars will host North Scott Eldridge and Johnston on Saturday, while Ankeny hosts Valley (West Des Moines) Wednesday.
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