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.