Central Lakes College pitcher-outfielder Reggie Litke hit a towering grand slam and racked up six RBI as the Raiders swept the Vermilion Ironmen 15-10 and 6-2 Tuesday afternoon at Mills Field.
The Raiders jumped out to an early 9-0 lead after two innings in the first game. In the bottom of the third, winning pitcher Litke helped himself by clearing the bases with a grand slam over the left-field foul pole. The Raiders were then held scoreless through the next two innings as the Ironmen came back to score 10 runs and pull within three.
A two-run sixth inning by the Raiders and a scoreless seventh by the Ironmen gave Litke the win.
The Raiders' Darren Prom was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Nate Huber, Eric Lins and Joe Bruns were 2-for-2, with Bruns collecting a double. Derek Owen was 1-for-2 with an RBI and Nick Hanson finished 1-for-2.
In the second game, the Raiders built a 3-0 lead through five innings behind winning pitcher Matt Parker. Parker found himself in trouble in the top of the sixth inning as the Ironmen scored twice and had runners on second and third. Prom took the mound with one out and got the Raiders out of the inning.
The Raiders scored twice in the bottom of the sixth and Prom shut down the Ironmen by striking out the side in the seventh to get the save.
"I'm very pleased with the season so far," said Raiders coach Warren Mertens. "We played good ball today for having a week without games due to the weather. We're getting things done when we need to. We start our road games at the end of this week and that's when we'll see what we're made of."
Verm ilion 000 235 0 -- 10 9 9
CLC 184 002 x -- 15 13 5
Vermilion -- E. Carlson and L. Tegdesh; CLC -- Reggie Litke, Fred Mills (4), Jacob Volk (5), Mike Innes (6) and Derek Owen, Adam Marthaler (4), Owen (7). WP -- Litke. LP -- Carlson. HR -- Litke.
Vermilion 000 002 0 -- 2 4 1
CLC 101 013 x -- 6 10 2
Vermilion -- Hollagel and Tegdesh; CLC -- Matt Parker, Darren Prom (6) and Owen. WP --Parker. LP --Hollagel. Conference --CLC 8-0. Overall --10-2 . Next game --CLC hosted Northland today at 1 p.m.
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