CENTERVILLE — Now on top in Region XI five days after completing a winning weekend at Iowa Western, the Indian Hills Falcons brought out the heavy lumber on Friday to protect its lead in the opening two games of a four-game set with Marshalltown. The Falcons rallied from an early 7-4 deficit in game one by scoring 12 unanswered runs over the final four innings of a wild 16-8 opener, then completed the Friday sweep with a 5-0 win in game two against the Tigers.
The wins kept IHCC ahead of Iowa Western, which swept the first two games of a road series at Muscatine on Friday. Indian Hills (26-11, 8-2) remains a game ahead of the Reivers going into Saturday’s doubleheader with the Tigers. First pitch at Pat Daugherty Field is set for 1 p.m.
After answering a three-run rally by Marshalltown in the first with four runs of its own, IHCC’s offense went quiet over the second and third innings as the Tigers scored four in the second to retake a 7-4 lead. The fourth inning would turn Friday’s opening game around as a Joel Booker’s two-run triple and Junior Santos’ RBI hit tied the game at 7-7.
Pinch hitter Mike Levar would then put the Falcons ahead for good in the fourth inning, driving in two runs with a single that snapped the 7-7 tie. IHCC would add a run in the fifth to go up 10-7, then put the game away in the sixth with a six-run rally that included RBI hits from Jake Lewis, Edgar Lebron and Ratzman.
While the Falcon bats weren’t quite as active in the nightcap, starting pitcher Christian Torres didn’t need much help on the hill to complete an IHCC sweep. The sophomore hurler shut out Marshalltown on three hits over six innings of work.
Dario Polanco had a double, a triple and scored two Falcon runs in game two. Lewis added two hits and two RBI while Paulo Montezuma was 2-3 with an RBI and a run in the nightcap for IHCC.