Michael Reuter delivers a single for the Cubs against Dubuque. (Photos by Pete Temple)
Monticello second baseman Evan Felton is set to tag out a Dubuque runner on an attempted steal.
After a couple of losses, victory felt good for the Monticello Cubs last week.
The Cubs had lost 8-2 to Dubuque in an Eastern Iowa Hawkeye League semi-pro baseball game, and then fallen 7-4 to Worthington in the first round of the Dyersville Tournament.
Monticello avenged the Worthington loss, beating that team 6-2 to improve its record to 4-7 in the league, 7-14 overall.
“We needed this win,” Monticello player-manager Garett Hanken said. “This was a much better effort in every aspect of the game.”
A three-run fifth inning was key to the win over Worthington, in a game played Aug. 3 in Monticello. Chuck Cavenaugh, Nick Miller and Hanken had RBI singles in that frame.
Miller pitched six innings to get the win, and was relieved by Matt Holmes and Mitch Monk, who picked up a save.
“Nick threw his best game of the season, and we hit the ball well,” Hanken said. “Devin (Spensley) did a great job with three hits and three stolen bases.”
Monk, Cavanaugh, Miller and Hanken each had two of the Cubs’ 13 hits.
Earlier, the Cubs played host to Dubuque July 30 in a league game, and lost 8-2, getting just two hits. Tyler Felton pitched the first 4 2/3 innings and took the loss. Ben Welsch pitched a scoreless 2 1/3 innings of relief.
On Aug. 1, Monticello played Worthington in the first round of the Dyersville Tournament, and fell 7-4.
“We had chances to score in almost every inning, but we weren’t able to capitalize,” Hanken said. “This was a tough way to lose in a tournament game.”
Monticello had seven hits. Monk was the starting pitcher and took the loss.
The Cubs play at home against Key West Thursday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m.