Van Buren opens season with 8-1 home win
KEOSAUQUA — Junior Robby Laughlin pitched a complete game and helped out his own cause with a three-run homer, lifting the Van Buren baseball team to a season-opening win over West Burlington Monday in Keosauqua.
The junior Laughlin was tagged with one run — none earned — in the 8-1 home win. He gave up five hits and walked two while striking out five Falcons.
Sophomore Noah Whitten paced Van Buren’s seven-hit offense with three hits in four at-bats. Garrett Saunders went 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI, and fellow sophomore Brandon Plecker walked twice and earned two steals. Will Mertens, a freshman, also finished the game with one single.
The Warriors (1-0) visit Albia Thursday.
Van Buren vs. West Burlington
West Burlington– 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 1 5 2
Van Buren – 0 4 0 0 1 3 x — 8 7 1
VAN BUREN — Whitten 3-4, RBI; Saunders 2-4, RBI, R; Laughlin 1-2, HR, 3RBI; Mertens 1-3, RBI, R; Plecker R, 2SB; Sprouse R; Barker R; Fett R; Heisel R; Bartholomew RBI
Pitching — Laughlin (W, 1-0) 7 INN, R, 0ER, 5H, 2BB, 5K