ELDRIDGE — The Davenport West baseball team is starting to fly high at the right time of the season.
The Falcons ripped off 14 hits to roll past North Scott, 11-2, on Monday in a Class 4A substate semifinal contest.
West (22-14) will travel to face top seed Iowa City West on Wednesday at 7 p.m. for the substate title and the right to advance to state.
Falcons sophomore Logan Gluba and junior Trevor Burkhart were nearly unstoppable just by themselves. Gluba finished a home run short of the cycle while going 4-for-5 with four runs batted in. Burkhart also went 4-for-5 and scored four times for the visitors.
The sixth inning was the big blow for the Falcons as West blew open a close game with five runs in the inning to turn a 3-2 edge into an 8-2 lead. Burkhart had an RBI single in the inning and Gluba legged out a triple that also chased home Burkhart and Conner Saul.
Gluba later scored on a wild pitch and Ryan McKown chipped in an RBI double for the Falcons. He also had a sacrifice fly earlier in the game.
Colton Jones contributed a two-run single in the seventh for the winners.
West sent 11 men to the plate in the sixth and burned through four different North Scott pitchers.
"It was team effort and everybody put in work for each other," Gluba said. "We kind of got hyped up (in the sixth) because we have lost so many close games that we didn't want it to come down to a close game. Once one guy got a hit and then we started to go back-to-back-to-back, it just went from there."
Gluba struck out with Burkhart on second in the first inning, then proceeded to smash two singles, a double and a triple the rest of the game.
"I just came to play today. The only mindset in my head was I didn't want to go home," Gluba said.
Falcons coach Scott Beatty was particularly pleased with his team's selection at the plate, especially as the game went on.
"We got into a rhythm hitting and there was a lot of energy in the dugout and the kids have really looked forward to the postseason so hopefully we can carry that over," Beatty said. "The hits fell for us and we had a really good approach and things worked out for us."
Burkhart wasn't just a terror at the plate. The shortstop made several nice plays in the field, including a couple of backhand plays on tough grounders and also cut down lead runners in innings when the Lancers did threaten.
Kyle Oberbroeckling went four innings to get the win for West, allowing just the two earned runs. Braydon Dobereiner went the last three innings for the visitors to close the door.
"You have to be there for your pitchers," Burkhart said. "That might have been the best game we had defensively, and Kyle and Braydon did everything we needed them to."
Cayle Webster drove in the two runs for the home team with a double in the fourth inning.
North Scott coach Blake Hanna was proud of his team's season despite the one rough inning that ultimately wound up being the difference.
"It was a 3-2 game up until that point and West just got hot," Hanna said. "Give West credit, they came through. For us, it's always hard to say goodbye to the seniors but overall it was a good season. The kids worked hard and to earn the two seed in the substate means you've played good baseball for most of the season."