CEDAR RAPIDS — After losing three games this season, 3-2, by blowing a lead, it felt good for Cedar Rapids Xavier to have one go the other way.
The Saints (17-9) stormed back in the sixth inning of their first game against Iowa City High Wednesday night to notch a 3-2 win.
It was something that came as a “relief” to the Saints to close out a tight game against the Little Hawks (11-13).
“It sort of is our turn to have something like that happen to us,” said Xavier Coach Dave Schemmel.
“But you’ve got to make things happen. You can’t just play the course and expect things to fall your way.”
It was junior pitcher Mitch Keller who attempted to make those plays.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth, Keller hit a single to second base that brought two runs in to take the lead.
In the top of the seventh, with two outs against the Little Hawks, Keller struck out City High senior first basemen Grant Simpson to seal the win.
It was something that gave the Saints “momentum” going into the second game of the evening, a 12-2 win in five innings.
“It kind of gave us a jump for the second game to 10-run them, so it really helped actually,” Keller said.
“Especially when it’s hot out. They’re down it’s hot and stuff so it all worked out good.”
Xavier used four runs in the first and five in the third to jump out to a lead the Little Hawks would not be able to threaten.
Both wins Wednesday night were something that put Xavier in contention for a Mississippi Valley divisional title against Cedar Rapids Prairie.
“[The wins are] huge because we are fighting for the No. 1 seed against Prairie,” Keller said.
“Every win counts so we’ve got to win the week and hopefully they split so we can get that bye.”