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Express sweeps doubleheader from Douglas

Express sweeps doubleheader from Douglas

Express sweeps doubleheader from Douglas

WESTCO's Corbin Loutzenhiser swings at a pitch during a game against Douglas, Wyoming, on Saturday, May 8 at Cleveland Field.

The WESTCO Express swept its Saturday doubleheader against Douglas, Wyoming, at Cleveland Field.

In game one, the Express jumped on top 4-1 after the first inning and never looked back.

In the first inning, Gavin Dunkel reached first base on an error with Jackson Howard scoring on the play for the 1-0 Express lead.

WESTCO added three more runs on fielding errors by Douglas. Cortez Palomo scored on a passed ball, Michael Thrash scored on a passed ball and Moises Panduro added a run on an error by Douglas’ third baseman for the 4-1 lead.

WESTCO added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth and five more in the bottom of the fifth to earn the 12-4 win.

Strauch was 2-for-3 for the Express scoring two runs and Panduro also went 2-for-3.

Strauch earned the win with three innings of work. Strauch and Corbin Loutzenhiser each struck out four batters. Jackson Howard got the save with 1.1 innings of pitching with one strikeout.

In game two, the Express held off Douglas for the 6-5 win.

WESTCO got on the scoreboard first scoring one run in the third with Riley Strauch scoring as Palomo grounded out to third.

Douglas took a 3-1 lead in the fifth, but WESTCO answered back in the bottom half of the inning.

Howard and Dunkel scored on passed balls to tie the game at 3-3. Thrash scored on a groundball by Adan Vargas.

The Express increased the lead to 6-3 with Loutzenhiser and Strauch scoring on the same wild pitch for the 6-3 lead.

Douglas’ seventh-inning rally fell short as the WESTCO claimed the 6-5 win.

Strauch was 2-for-4 in game two with two runs and Panduro went 2-for-3 to lead the Express from behind the plate.

Gavin Baltz pitched four solid innings to earn the win on the mound striking out two Douglas batters. Dunkel struck out two in two innings of relief work and Panduro earned the save.

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Jeff Van Patten is the sports editor of the Star-Herald. Jeff can be reached by calling 308-632-9048 or emailing

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