AURORA | Reece Weber’s reputation as a power hitter precedes him, so he doesn’t see many fastball these days.
Grandview’s senior slugger knew what to do with the one he got during the third inning of Saturday’s Centennial League matchup against visiting Cherokee Trail.
Weber turned around a fastball from Cougars starter Jordan Smith and drove it over the fence in right center field for a three-run home run that got the Wolves rolling on their way to an 8-3 victory. Weber helped himself earn the win on the mound, as he went five innings and allowed two runs on five hits.
Jake Thurston went 3-for-4 and Rory Stewart doubled and scored twice to help Grandview to its ninth straight victory. The Wolves improved to 9-1 overall and 4-1 in league play.
Cherokee Trail took a 2-0 lead on Alex Achtermann’s two-run double in the second inning, but scored just one more run against Weber and reliever Eric Olguin in falling to 3-5 overall and 1-2 in the Centennial League.
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GRANDVIEW 8, CHEROKEE TRAIL 3
Score by innings (r-h-e):
Cher. Trail 020 000 1 — 3 6 3
Grandview 004 031 x — 8 11 1
CHEROKEE TRAIL (ab-r-h-rbi)
Michael Dziurgot 3b 4-0-0-0, Madison McIntosh ss 3-1-0-0, Ben John c 4-0-1-0, Justin Sutton pr 0-0-0-0, Jordan Smith p 4-0-0-0, Nico Rizzo rf 3-1-1-1, Andrew Picchione lf 2-0-0-0, Andy Schwulst p 1-0-0-0, Dylan Bellis dh 4-1-2-0, Alex Achtermann 1b 3-0-2-2, Dylan Finnin 2b 2-0-0-0, Connor Halverson cf 0-0-0-0. Totals 30-6-3-3. Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so): Jordan Smith (L, 5-10-7-7-1-4), Andy Schwulst (1-1-1-1-0-2).
Jake Thurston ss 4-1-3-1, Chris Magoon rf 4-1-1-1, Reece Weber p 3-1-1-3, Josh Huntley c 4-0-1-0, Josh Sundine pr 0-0-0-0, Rory Stewart 1b 2-2-1-0, Trevor Minner lf 3-0-0-0, Eric Olguin p 1-0-1-1, Brandon Hays cf 3-1-0-0, Eric Mingus 3b 3-1-1-1, Brooks Adams 2b 3-1-2-1. Totals 30-8-11-8. Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so): Reece Weber (W, 5-5-2-2-2-4), Eric Olguin (2-1-1-1-3-2).
2B — Cherokee Trail: Alex Achtermann; Grandview: Eric Olguin, Rory Stewart. HR — Grandview: Reece Weber (2 on in 3rd).