INMAN — It’s been a year of growing pains for the youthful Inman baseball team, but Teuton coach Matt Mikulecky was all smiles after Tuesday’s sweep of county rival Canton-Galva on Senior Night.
The Teutons were a 15-0 winner in Game 1. Freshman Landon Snyder pitched three innings of two-hit shutout baseball and received ample offensive support.
Inman banged out 11 hits. Leaders were Dakota Parkhurst (2 for 2, a double, triple and four RBIs), Kolton Lare (2 for 2, a double, two RBIs), Jayden Leonhardt (2 for 3, four RBIs) and Derick Johnson (2 for 3, two RBIs).
Brayden Collins had two hits for the Eagles.
The Teutons completed the sweep by pulling away to a 16-6 victory as they are now 3-17 on the season. Connor Brown worked 4 2/3 innings and fanned nine for the win.
“His knuckle curve was really breaking tonight,” Mikulecky said. “When he is able to command that pitch and dial it up, he's pretty tough.”
Inman stayed hot at the plate by pounding out 10 more hits.
“I thought we did some really nice things at the plate with some quality at-bats that won't show up in the box score,” Mikulecky said. “The guys were able to move runners over, take the extra base when it was available and overall exhibited some good situational hitting.”
Lare (2 for 4, four RBIs), John Ramey (2 for 4) and Ryan Heaton (2 for 2) topped the offense.
The Eagles hit the ball much better this game, collecting nine. Richard Peterson stroked a pair of doubles, while Jonah Sargent drove in two runs. Brandon Huff added two singles and Andrew Prieb scored two runs. Like Inman, C-G is young as five freshmen took the field for this game.
Inman is hoping to carry the good vibes into postseason play.
“Our team is improving and beginning to get more and more comfortable,” said Mikulecky, whose lineup also is dominated by underclassmen. “I can see the guys building confidence in every aspect of the game. It has been a super tough season, so I am very proud of the guys for bringing focus and energy to the games and getting a sweep on our Senior Night. We just need to keep grinding and carry this momentum into regional play next week.”