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Iowa City West advances at 4A State Baseball, 6-3 over SE Polk

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The Iowa City West Trojans came from behind to defeat the Southeast Polk Rams 6-3 in game one of the 4A quarterfinals in the state high school baseball tournament Wednesday afternoon at Principal Park.

The Rams (31-11) got on the board with an unorthodox run in the top of the first. Trojans' starting pitcher Jeremy Cronk recorded back-to-back strikeouts to opening the game, but then hit the next two batters he faced. Ryan Curtis connected on an RBI-single with two-outs for Southeast Polk to give them the early lead.

Rams' starting pitcher Spencer Lockwood took the 1-0 lead to the mound and cruised through three innings against the Trojans' lineup, only allowing a bunt single in the first to Nate Ewing.

Ewing ignited the Iowa City West offense with a leadoff double in the fourth inning. After a single by Ryan Rumpf, Ewing moved to third base and came in to score the tying run on a sac fly by Spence Bonner. Lockwood fanned Cronk for the second out of the inning, then forced in a run by issuing back-to-back walks to put the Trojans ahead 2-1.

Iowa City West (32-10) would not relinquish the lead. Walks were an issue for the Rams again in the fifth inning. Bonner was credited with an RBI when he was issued a free pass with the bases loaded, and Cronk knocked in a run with a sac fly. Both runners who scored in the frame had reached base with a walk.

After the Trojans added two more runs in the home half of the sixth, the Rams faced elimination in the top of the seventh inning. They did not go down quietly though, as Christian Rogers and Brock Daniels reached to start the frame after being hit by pitches. After a line-out double-play, Zach Little sent a ball deep and off the top of the right-center field wall for a two-run home run. Dylan Leighter added a single, before the final out of the game was recorded.

Lockwood (4-4) was charged with the loss, and Cronk (8-2) picked up the win in the game.

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