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Calamus-Wheatland vs. Lenox
July 25, 2009Lenox scored on a suicide squeeze double play in the top of the ninth inning to break a scoreless tie and the Tigers held on to defeat Calamus-Wheatland 2-0 Saturday night in the first round of the Class 1A state tournament at Principal Park. The game featured a terrific pitchers duel between Lenox sophomore Ethan Westphal and Calamus-Wheatland junior Ryan Powers.
Westphal struck out 15 and allowed just four hits to move his record to 13-0 on the season. Powers (10-2) fired a three-hitter and faned seven. Westphal faced just 33 batters and Powers 35.
The teams battled to a scoreless draw for eight innings. In the top of the ninth, Lenox got a lead-off walk, a passed ball, an intentional walk, a double steal and another intentional walk to load the bases with no outs. Robert Brown laid down a suicide squeeze bunt, with Tyler Peterson scoring from third for a 1-0 lead. But the Warriors got Brown out at first, and Connor Lange out at home for the 1-3-2 double play. Jordan Reed followed with an RBI single for the 2-0 margin.
Westphal — who has allowed just two earned runs all season — didn't allow a run of any kind in the bottom of the ninth to seal the win.
Nolan Christensen had two hits for Calamus-Wheatland, which was making its first state tournament appearance since Calamus finished second to West Des Moines Valley in 1955.
Lenox (22-3) is making its fourth straight state tournament appearance at Principal Park and eighth overall. The Tigers — the 2006 state champs — advance to Thursday's semifinals with their 10-man roster.
The Warriors end at 18-10.
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