ELK HORN – The West Harrison Hawkeyes came to Elk Horn Tuesday to face off against the Exira-EHK Spartans. Spartans were coming off a close loss to Glidden-Ralston and wanted to get one into the win column.

The Hawkeyes started the first inning with a bang as the hits kept coming, resulting in nine runs, two coming from Nick Rife. The Spartans countered with seven straight hits and closing the game to 9-4 with runs by Hunter Anderson, Tyler Peterson, Tyler Kingery, and Dane Paulsen.

The second inning cooled the game down with West Harrison scoring two runs and Spartans struggling. A pitcher switch in the third inning and a rally of hits helped the Spartans to come back to contention with a 11-9 deficit going into the fourth inning.

Unfortunately for the Spartans, 11-9 was as close as it would get. The Hawkeyes took control of the rest of the game and grew their lead every inning until the game was called after the sixth inning. West Harrison looked impressive at bat and came away with a 24-10 victory.

The Hawkeyes were propelled by the hitting of Nick Rife and Sage Evans. They will look to add another win to their 5-2 record when they play Wednesday at home against Glidden-Ralston.

Spartans drop to 1-8 on the year and hope that their trip to Anita against the CAM Cougars on Wednesday will put them on the right track.