EDDYVILLE — Brothers Brett and Bryce Leshen had hits and scored runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to snap a 6-6 tie with Pella Christian in the opening round of Class 2A, District 13 baseball postseason play on Saturday. Those two runs proved to be the winning runs as the Blue Demons advanced to the district semifinals after an official 8-6 victory in five innings.
After scoring those two runs in the fifth, Victor Sanders was trying to keep the Eagles (11-22) from answering back. Pella Christian brought the tying run to home plate in lead-off hitter Jason Holwerda with one out in the top of the sixth when a lightning strike brought on a weather delay.
That delay would turn into the end of the night for the scheduled district baseball doubleheader. Heavy rain showers soaked the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont baseball diamond, forcing play to be called off for the remainder of Saturday. Because Albia and Pella Christian had completed five innings, the game was official and the Blue Demons (19-18) were winners.
The nightcap scheduled between Cardinal (10-16) and EBF (12-20) was lost due to the showers. The two teams will now meet on Monday night in Eddyville at 7 p.m. Davis County will face the winner in Eddyville in the district semifinals on Tuesday.
With threatening clouds off in the distance, Albia appeared to need just three outs in the top of the fifth to finish off Pella Christian with a 6-3 lead. With two outs, Eagles catcher Nate Haveman extended Pella Christian's season by a half inning with a three-run home run to left to tie the game at 6-6.
Albia will face PCM on Tuesday in Eddyville at 5 p.m. The two teams met in the same round last year with Albia winning 2-1 on a game that ended with the tying run for PCM tagged out at home plate by then Blue Demon catcher and current Blue Demon baseball coach Gabe Gravert.