(Photo by Ty Capron)
The Westerners, now 7-19 on the season, were never in jeopardy of losing or trailing as they opened the game with a pair of runs in the first and staked Waterbury to a 4-0 lead with two more in the second. BCIG came its closest to threatening in the third inning with one run to cut the lead to 4-1, but A-W answered back in the fourth with a trio of runs to put the Falcons away.
Waterbury picked up the win, working seven innings and allowing one earned run on three hits and four walks, hitting one batter and striking out 11.
The Westerners totalled seven hits in the contest, led by Ryan Oetken's 2-for-3 day at the plate. Oetken added four RBIs and a run scored, while Doug Loutsch was 2-for-2 with three runs scored. Braxton Bursell logged only one hit in the game, but plated three runs for A-W, Waterbury was 1-for-3 with a double and Roman Eastman was 1-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.
"Randall Waterbury pitched well. Strikeouts make it easy to play defense," said A-W coach Shannon Tesch. "Offensively, we did pretty well. We only had seven hits, but we also drew five walks. We stayed very disciplined at the plate. It was a good win for us."
A-W will return to Sgt. Bluff Wednesday for a second-round game with the host Sgt. Bluff-Luton Warriors at 7 p.m. The teams met twice during the regular season, with Sgt. Bluff winning both games by scores of 15-4 May 27 in Akronand 13-2 June 22 in Sgt. Bluff.