Waukon baseball team battles closely, comes up an inning or a play short in several bouts during winless week of five games

A “grand” entrance ... Waukon baseball senior pitcher Levi McGeough approaches home plate to be congratulated by the three teammates he just delivered around the basepaths with a grand slam homerun late in the Indians’ 12-10 loss to Class 3A ninth-rated Waverly-Shell Rock in a home doubleheader sweep by the high-powered Go-Hawks Friday, May 31. McGeough’s fully-loaded roundtripper pulled the Indians within that 12-10 final margin in the seventh inning and capped off plate perfection for him of five hits in five at-bats that also included four singles and a team-high five runs batted in (RBI). Photo by Krystal Johnson. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Waukon baseball team played through a consistently busy week with five games played over four consecutive nights, with a single inning or play in a majority of those games making a difference between at least some of them ending up in the win column and the actual result of all five games missing that mark. Having the week book-ended with facing a pair of top 10-rated opponents in Northeast Iowa Conference play, the Indians began the week with an 8-2 loss at Class 2A 10th-rated New Hampton Tuesday, May 28 before falling in the final inning at MFL/MarMac by an 8-7 final result Wednesday, May 29. A third consecutive road loss for the week, 7-4 at North Fayette Valley Thursday, May 30 in a make-up game from May 21, then gave way to the completing half of that high-end NEIC book-end, a pair of home losses to Class 3A ninth-rated Waverly-Shell Rock by just a 12-10 result in game one but by a 15-0 final count in four innings in the nightcap.

Off to a 1-9 season record, including a 0-5 start in Northeast Iowa Conference play, the Indians were next scheduled to play at Sumner-Fredericksburg Monday, June 3, and host Oelwein Tuesday, June 4 and Turkey Valley Wednesday, June 5, before traveling to Decorah for another Northeast Iowa Conference double-dip Friday, June 7. The baseball Tribe will then play five games on four more consecutive nights, traveling to Clayton Ridge Tuesday, June 11 before returning home to host Crestwood for a Northeast Iowa Conference doubleheader Wednesday, June 12, Osage Thursday, June 13 and Charles City Friday, June 14.

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