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.