Falcon summer teams hitting the road Friday

The Aplington-Parkersburg summer sports teams will head on the road to different locations Friday. The baseball team will play at Oelwein and the softball team will be at Denver.

The 5-1 Falcon baseball team enters with a five-game win streak, and is coming off a 14-13 comeback win over Gladbrook-Reinbeck on Wednesday. While the defense gave up 16 hits and 13 runs, the bats came alive and batted .500 in the game to help secure the win. With a much-improved offense, Head Coach Brett Kleespies says the hitting approach will be fine-tuned over the coming weeks.

"We had a good offseason, guys put time in the cage this year on their own," Kleespies says. "In years past, we've kind of struggled to hit the ball. This year, in six games, we've left maybe 50+ guys on base. We have to take a little different approach with the guys and situational hitting. It's been good seeing them hit the ball."

As a team, the Falcons are hitting .277, which is among the best in the North Iowa Cedar League.

Oelwein is 6-2 overall, and has won four straight. It’s a program on the rise after winning nine games combined in the three prior seasons. Kleespies says the Huskies have a quality strength of schedule and will be a tough out.

"They're a tough team. It looks like they've played some tough teams too. They're playing pretty well. It's one of those things where you've got to be ready to go every night. It doesn't get easier from here. We have to be on our game, and hopefully this hitting continues for us."

The Falcon softball team is 0-4, and will look for more offense after scoring no more than three runs in a game so far. With just three upperclassmen, it’s a work in progress. Junior Kendall Riherd has stepped up her game at the plate with a .400 average, and Aubrey Williamson has shown high potential as a freshman pitcher. The 2-4 Cyclones will play their third straight night, and are 0-2 this week with losses to South Hardin and Sumner-Fredericksburg.

Both games are scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.

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