A.J. Reuter pitched a two-hitter with eight strikeouts, and helped his cause with a two-run homer as the Monticello Cubs closed the Eastern Iowa Hawkeye League baseball schedule with a victory.
The Cubs edged Farley 2-1 Friday, Aug. 9, ending a stretch of three games in four days as Monticello scrambled to make up games that had been postponed earlier in the season.
Monticello finished the league schedule with a 5-9 record, and came out of the week with an 8-16 overall record.
Reuter’s two-run blast, in the top of the first inning, provided the Cubs with their only runs. The homer also brought home Evan Felton, who had reached base on a fielder’s choice.
“A.J. did an outstanding job on the mound and at the plate,” Monticello player-manager Garett Hanken said. “We needed to get a win, and he delivered.”
Farley scored its run in the fifth, after which Reuter retired the final seven Farley batters, including three by strikeout. The only other Farley threat as in the fourth, when it put runners on first and third with two out. A grounder to Reuter ended the inning.
The Cubs had four hits. Mitch Monk went 2-for-4, and Jay Ahlrich had a single.
Earlier in the week, Monticello lost a 7-1 decision at Cascade Aug. 6. The Cubs had eight hits. Kyle Huxford batted 3-for-3 with a double, and Evan Felton was 2-for-4. Monk pitched the first 4 1/3 innings and took the loss. Matt Holmes finished the game in relief.
“They are a good hitting team and we knew we’d need to score some runs to have a chance, but unfortunately that didn’t happen,” Hanken said.
Key West then handed Monticello a 4-1 loss Aug. 8 in Monticello. The Cubs collected eight hits in that game, and left nine runners on base.
“Tyler (Felton) threw well enough to win, but our offense couldn’t get on track,” Hanken said. “Benny (Welsch) did a nice job in relief. Kyle continued to hit well, and has been steady at the plate for us all season.”
Tyler Felton pitched 6 2/3 innings of three-hit ball, but took the loss. Welsch allowed one hit and struck out three in relief.
Huxford and Welsch both went 2-for-4 at the plate. Welsch singled to score Huxford with the lone Monticello run, in the seventh.
The Cubs are scheduled to play Worthington in the first round of the Peosta tournament Saturday, Aug. 17 at 2 p.m.