(Elk Horn) Exira-EHK clinched a fourth straight Rolling Hills Conference baseball crown with their 2-0 win over Adair-Casey on Tuesday. The Spartans improve to 8-1 in the conference with only one league game remaining on their schedule. Glidden-Ralston and CAM are each 5-3.
Tyler Jacobsen struck out 14 Adair-Casey Bomber batters and only allowed four baserunners all night. Alex Umbaugh had a single in the first and Gunnar Dinkla contributed a base hit in the seventh, but outside of that the lone runners came on a dropped third strike and a base on balls. Jacobsen improves to 6-1 on the seaon and lowers his ERA to .60. Jacobsen outperformed a good effort by losing pitcher Gunnar Dinkla. Dinkla gave up only four hits in six innings with one walk and four strikeouts.
Jared Hansen led the Spartans at the plate with two of the teams four hits. Austin Malloy and Alex Amaral collected the other two singles which came in consecutive order to start the sixth inning. Malloy would eventually score after Adair-Casey failed to turn a double play on a Hansen ground ball. Amaral was forced out at second base, but the throw to first was over the head of the first baseman. Hansen's courtesy runner Kyle Petersen would score later in the inning on a Joe Harris RBI to give the Spartans a 2-0 lead and that score would stand as the final with Adair-Casey being unable to claw back in the top of the seventh.
Exira-EHK improves to 13-2 on the season. The Spartans have won five straight games. They've held opponents to less than three runs in all but four of their games this season and have never given up more than five. Adair-Casey drops to 2-12.