Collin Olson’s big night at the plate propelled Ankeny Centennial to a doubleheader sweep of crosstown rival Ankeny on Tuesday.
Olson drove in three runs in the Jaguars’ 6-3 Game 1 win, and he added three more in his team’s 4-1 triumph in the nightcap.
The junior came into the game with nine home runs and added two more — both in Game 1 — to add to his state-best total.
“He (Ankeny pitcher Nate Schweers) tried to sneak two fastballs inside on me, and I just got around on them good,” Olson said. “I definitely knew they both were gone right off the bat.”
Ankeny coach Joe Balvanz says it’s a rare feat to hit a home run on the Hawks’ plus-sized field.
“That might have been the first varsity home run to leave the ball field this year,” Balvanz said. “He made us pay twice. You just got to tip your cap to him. He’s a big, strong boy.”
Centennial ace Keenan Jones struggled in his first outing against the Hawks this season, a game in which he was tagged for eight runs (five earned) in five innings. Jones, a senior, rebounded nicely and improved to 6-2 as the winning pitcher in Game 1.
“I just tried to let it go and pitch my game like it was any other team,” Jones said. “And just pitch my pitches and get ahead.”
The Jaguars (17-10) clinched the season over the Hawks, winning three of their four meetings.
Olson downplayed his team’s rivalry with the south-side opponent.
“I just look at it as any other rivalry game, really,” Olson said. “Whoever we’re playing, it doesn’t really matter. I just like to go out there and get the win and have some fun with my teammates.”
The Hawks (15-15) have lost six straight.
“They’re great kids, and they’re very hard-working,” Balvanz said. “It’s just a matter of paying attention to the details and trying to get better every day. We’ll get there. I have confidence in them.”
Ankeny’s Taylor Steinfeldt was 2-for-3 with a run scored in the opener. Abbie Farrell drove in two runs. Allison Doocy pitched a complete game and struck out four and allowed five hits.
Maggie Syversen was 3-for-4 for Centennial in Game 2. Claire Nelson was 2-for-4 with three RBIs.