KEOSAUQUA — A weekend matinee featuring two conference kingpins turned into a home-run hitting display, especially for the high school baseball team with the best record in the state.
Third-ranked (1A) Twin Cedars used four home runs to earn its 26th win in 27 games Saturday afternoon at Van Buren, beating a Warrior team that saw a nearly three-year conference winning streak end earlier in the week. Corey Harrell his a pair of homers and drove in four runs as the Bluegrass champion Sabers scored five runs early and never looked back in a 9-5 win over Southeast Iowa Superconference south-leading Van Buren.
Catcher Hunter Embray added three hits to go along with Harrell’s 3-3 day, matching Harrell with four RBI and two runs scored while added a home run of his own. Van Buren got a home run, three RBI and two runs scored from Garrett Saunders to help the Warriors cut an 8-2 deficit in half with a three-run fourth inning.
Third-ranked (1A) Twin Cedars (26-1) returned to Bluegrass play Monday at Melcher-Dallas Monday as the Courier went to press before returning home Wednesday to host Murray. Van Buren (19-5) returns to SEISC south division play Monday hosting Danville Monday as the Courier went to press and will travel to Louisa-Muscatine for non-conference action on Friday.
No. 3 (1A) Twin Cedars 9, Van Buren 5
T.C. 320 301 0 — 9 9 0
V.B. 200 300 0 — 5 11 0
Twin Cedars battery — Coy Moore (W, 7-1) (4IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 5K, 5BB) and Otis Roby (S, 1) (3IP, 4H, 3K), Hunter Embray catching.
2B — Eric Clark.
HR — Corey Harrell 2, Embray, Brent Parker.
Hits — Embray 3-3, Harrell 3-3, Clark 2-3, Parker 1-3, Roby 1-3, Moore 1-4.
RBI — Embray 4, Harrell 4, Parker.
Runs — Embray 2, Harrell 2, Roby 2, Clark, Moore, Parker.
Van Buren battery — Tyson Sprouse (L, 2-2) (3 1/3IP, 9H, 7R, 7ER, 3K, 2BB) and Robby Laughlin (3 2/3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 3K, 4BB), Noah Whitten catching.
2B — Robert Barker, Tanner Smith.
HR — Garrett Saunders.
Hits — Barker 2-3, Smith 2-3, Laughlin 1-3, Saunders 1-3, Whitten 1-3, Will Mertens 1-4, Brandon Plecker 1-4, Sprouse 1-4.
RBI — Saunders 3, Barker 2.
Runs — Saunders 2, Austin Fett, Plecker, Smith.
Grinnell beats EBF, North Mahaska
GRINNELL — The Grinnell baseball team beat a pair of area teams to win their own “Tiger” Invitational on Saturday. After scoring the last 12 runs to rally from an early 3-1 deficit to beat North Mahaska 13-3 in six innings, Grinnell edged Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 3-2 in the championship game.
The Rockets were spurred on to the second-place finish Saturday by a four-RBI day at the plate from Christian Bambrook, who had four hits in the tournament including a pair of doubles in the final against Grinnell. Lewie Winkleman tossed a three-hit shutout to put EBF in the final as the Rockets beat Nevada, 4-0, in the semifinals.
North Mahaska bounced back themselves to earn a split in Grinnell, finishing third with an 8-6 win over Nevada. Trent Roose had a pair of extra base hits, drove in two runs and scored twice in the tournament while A.J. Hibler had a hit and two RBI in the Warhawks’ third-place win.
EBF (20-10) returns to the diamond today for a critical South Central Conference doubleheader at No. 8 (3A) Chariton. The Rockets will need to sweep the Chargers to draw even in the SCC race.
North Mahaska also looked to stay in the hunt for a conference crown, hosting Sigourney in South Iowa Cedar League play Monday as the Courier went to press. The Warhawks (19-5, 15-2) also host HLV in SICL action Wednesday.
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 4, Nevada 0
EBF 004 000 0 — 4 9 0
Nev. 000 000 0 — 0 3 0
EBF battery — Lewie Winkleman (W, 2-0) (7IP, 4H, K, 2BB), Chance Wursta catching.
Hits — Cole Maines 2-3, Cory Archer 2-4, Christian Bambrook 2-4, Jackson Voyles 1-3, Trevor Swartz 1-3, Wursta 1-4.
RBI — Bambrook 2, Swartz, Wursta.
Runs — Archer, Bambrook, Voyles, Wursta.
Grinnell 13, North Mahaska 3
N.M. 120 000 — 3 3 2
Grin. 130 225 — 13 10 0
North Mahaska battery — Andy Pothoven (L, 1-1) (5 2/3IP, 10H, 13R, 10ER, 3K, 3BB), Zach Anderson catching.
3B — Trent Roose.
Hits — Connor Hehli 1-3, Brock Pollpeter 1-3, Roose 1-3.
RBI — Pollpeter, Pothoven, Roose.
Runs — Hehli, Pothoven, Roose.
North Mahaska 6, Nevada 5
N.M. 204 000 0 — 6 6 0
Nev. 301 010 0 — 5 8 0
North Mahaska battery — Brock Pollpeter (W, 1-0) (7IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 4K, 7BB), Taylor Legvold catching.
2B — Trent Roose.
Hits — Zach Anderson 2-3, Roose 1-2, Legvold 1-3, Pollpeter 1-3, A.J. Hibler 1-4.
RBI — Conner Hehli 2, Hibler 2, Anderson, Roose.
Runs — Anderson, Jacob Dahm, Freeborn, Hibler, Adam Pothoven, Roose.
Grinnell 3, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 2
EBF 010 100 0 — 2 6 0
Gri. 021 000 x — 3 6 0
EBF battery — Jevin Jensen (L, 3-1) (5 1/3IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, K, 4BB) and Levi Johnston (2/3IP, K), Chance Wursta catching.
2B — Christian Bambrook 2.
Hits — Bambrook 2-3, Cole Maines 2-3, Cory Archer 1-3, Trevor Swartz 1-3.
RBI — Maines, Swartz.
Runs — Bambrook, Jensen.
Rally leads Fairfield past Pella Christian
FAIRFIELD — One big inning proved to be enough for the Fairfield Trojans on Saturday, who took a break from pursing a Southeast Conference crown to edge Pella Christian 6-4.
Spencer Peterman, Chet Vogt and Jordan Whitney all had a hit, drove in a run and scored during the six-run rally that would be all the offense Fairfield would need against the Eagles. Pella Christian the Trojans’ 6-2 lead in half in the fifth and brought the game-winning run to the plate in the seventh before Darrin Dimmitt record the save with a strikeout in the bottom of the seventh.
Fairfield (12-7) returned to a tight battle for the SEC crown with a battle for first-place in a doubleheader at home against Mount Pleasant Monday as the Courier went to press. The Trojans step back out of conference for a road test at Mid-Prairie tonight.
Fairfield 6, Pella Christian 4
F.F. 060 000 0 — 6 7 0
P.C. 200 020 0 — 4 11 1
Fairfield battery — Wyatt Stark (W, 1-0) (5 2/3IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, 4K), Ryan Gaumer (IP) and Darrin Dimmitt (S, 1) (1/3IP, H, K, BB), Josh Dimmitt catching.
Hits — Kooper Dahlstrom 2-3, Mason Ellis 2-3, Chet Vogt 1-2, Jordan Whitney 1-2, Spencer Peterman 1-3.
RBI — Tyler Cooksey, Peterman, Vogt, Whitney.
Runs — Dahlstrom, Ellis, Joseph Hieptas, Peterman, Vogt, Whitney.