Waukee improves record with win over Valley

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Clint Cole - DCN: Waukee’s Matt Corbett fields a short ground ball at third base in Waukee’s 3-1 win against West Des Moines Valley on Tuesday night.
Clint Cole - DCN: Waukee’s Levi Schriener had one RBI against West Des Moines Valley on Tuesday night in Waukee.

It was no surprise that the No. 2 Waukee baseball team got through its game against West Des Moines Valley on Tuesday night without any errors as they are a team who hasn’t committed very many of them this season. The Warriors defeated the Tigers by a score of 3-1.

They continue to be No. 1 in the state in Class 4A according to quikstatsiowa.com in fielding percentage with a percentage of .983. The second best team in that category, according to quikstatsiowa.com, is Cedar Rapids Kennedy with a fielding percentage of .968.

The Warriors have only committed 13 errors all season.

“Our infield have been really good,” said Waukee coach Dave Dirkx. “I think that makes our pitching that much better because we have confidence that we’re going to field it.”

Dirkx said that their fielding success is due to a combination of how much they work on it in practice and that they are naturally good at it. He said that they work on fundamentals every practice.

“We do it before games, we do it during practice, we do them a lot everyday and I think it’s paid off,” Dirkx said.

In Tuesday’s game against West Des Moines Valley scored once in the first, second and third innings and it was enough to lift them to their second win against Valley of the season.

“I thought it was a really good ball game for us,” Dirkx said. “I though defensively we were really good and (Robert) Primrose pitched really well.”

Primrose took the mound for the Warriors and held the Tigers to just three hits in the game, while walking three more and giving up one run.

The Warriors played a double header at Urbandale on Wednesday and their next matchup is a double header against Southeast Polk on Monday beginning at 5 p.m.

Fort Dodge

The Waukee boys’ baseball team were ranked No. 2 when the last Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association rankings came out on June 22. On June 25, the Warriors swept Fort Dodge in a double header on the road, winning the first game 6-0 and the second game 12-7.

In game one, right fielder Malik Moore went 3-for-4 with a double and batted in two runs while also crossing the plate once himself. Luke Fegen went 1-for-2 and drew a walk and had two stolen bases.

Matt Mullenbach struck out six batters and gave up five hits and no runs in the win.

In game two, Moore started the game on the mound and got the win in three innings of work. Fegen only pitched one inning and gave up five runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Matt Corbett, Moore and Addison Meyers each scored three runs while Meyers also had four RBIs. Moore and Meyers had homers in the game as well.

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