With the postseason around the corner, Muscatine is playing its best baseball at the right time.
Winners in three of their last four contests after knocking off Keokuk 7-4 in Game 1 of Monday's home doubleheader and 11-1 in Game 2, the Muskies are continuing to build momentum heading into their regular-season finale against Clinton at Ashford University Field on Tuesday.
Muscatine collected 12 hits in the first game, including two apiece from Vincent Benevente, Drew Logel and Brady Swift. Swift homered and drove in three runs, while Logel launched a pair of doubles and finished with three RBIs. Gavyn Ashley added a triple and Bryce Owen a double to give Muscatine five extra-base hits in the game.
"We finally barreled up some balls," Muscatine coach Edwin Colón said.
Drew Logel picked up the win on the mound, surrendering four runs (three earned) on five hits and five walks while striking out 10 in seven innings.
The Muskies struck first with two runs in the first inning and then answered with three more in the third after Keokuk evened the score in the top of the frame. Clinging to a one-run lead in the bottom of the fifth, Muscatine tacked on two insurance runs to go ahead 7-4.
The Muskie offense continued the momentum in the second game, adding 14 more hits while scoring two runs in the first, one in the third, four in the fourth and four in the fifth to 10-run rule the chiefs.
Swift went 3 for 3 at the top of the lineup with one RBI, and Chandler Matos drove in three runs on four hits. Tom LoBianco and Creighton Carlson each collected two RBIs, while Gavyn Ashley went 2 for 4 and Joe Morrison drove in one run.
Morrison sealed the win from the mound, giving up one run, three hits, no walks and striking out nine in five innings.
"I think that's been one of our biggest positives this season is our pitching," Colón said.
With the two wins, Muscatine has outscored its opponents 34-10 over the past four games.