STORM LAKE, Iowa — Tanner Jansen scored the game-winning run in the eighth inning, Trey Kehoe tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief and the Simpson baseball team knocked off Buena Vista 3-2 in game one of Saturday's doubleheader. Buena Vista won game two 12-2 in seven innings.
Jansen doubled with one out in the eighth, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on another wild pitch, giving the Storm (6-27, 3-18 Iowa Conference) a 3-2 lead. Kehoe (2-5) got out of bases-loaded jams in the seventh and ninth to earn in the win in relief as Simpson snapped a 13-game losing streak.
Trent Dooley had two hits and Kehoe -- who got the start at first base -- drove in a run on a groundout in the first. After Buena Vista tied the game in the bottom of the first, Simpson re-took the lead when Jansen scored his first run of the game in the sixth. With two outs, Jansen walked, took second on a passed ball and got to third on a wild pitch. He scored when Jonathan Greiner reached on an error.
Curt Castenson pitched well in the start, going 6 1/3 innings in the no decision. He gave up two earned runs on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
Simpson struck first on an RBI single by Luke Anctil and a suicide squeeze by Truman Schmitt in the first, but Buena Vista put up nine runs in the third and never looked back. Tyler Englehardt (0-4) took the loss, going 2 1/3 innings in the start.
Devin Wagenman went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored to lead the Beavers (22-14, 13-8).
Simpson closes the season Friday and Saturday, May 5-6 when its hosts Central in a three-game set. The series begins Friday at McBride Field. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.