Courier sports staff
---- — MORAVIA – The team with the best record in the state took its first step to being the best team in Class 1A on Tuesday. Otis Roby and Drew Carlson combined to throw a six-inning one-hit shutout for the second-ranked Twin Cedars Sabers, who scored six runs in the first inning of their first postseason game.
The Sabers added single runs in four of the next five innings, clinching a 10-0 shutout of Bluegrass rival Moravia Tuesday night in the second round of Class 1A, District 10 postseason baseball action. Roby improved to 10-0 with the win, striking out six batters in the first three innings, before Carlson came on to strike out four more batters over the final three frames.
Carlson also drove in three runs at the plate while Corey Harrell had a double and two RBI in the win for the Sabers. No. 2 Twin Cedars improves to 32-2 on the season and will face 16-3 Moulton-Udell, who also easily advanced in Class 1A, District 10 play on Tuesday with an 11-2 win over 7-14 Mormon Trail. The Sabers swept the Eagles twice this season and beat out M-U for the Bluegrass Conference title.
Moravia finishes the season with an overall record of 5-23.
Cardinal clips Tri-County
KEOTA – Brennon Elder closed out Tri-County’s baseball season by sending the Cardinal Comets on to the district semifinal round despite a tense battle from the Trojans in the second round of Class 1A, District 9 postseason action Tuesday. Elder had a double, a triple, scored twice and struck out the side in the seventh to close out a 7-5 win over Tri-County in Keota.
Pekin completes’ sweep of Sigourney
KEOTA – Keaton Winn and Nazareth Rambo matched their pitching feats against Sigourney from the regular season on Tuesday in Pekin’s postseason encounter with their “Skunk River” rivals. Winn pitched into the sixth inning to earn his second win of the season over the Savages before handing the ball off to Rambo, who struck out the final batter for a save as Pekin earned another tight win over Sigourney 3-1 in Keota in the second round of Class 1A, District 9 play.
The Savages managed just one hit off Winn, who struck out nine batters while earning his fifth win, but walked seven batters and allowed an unearned run to score in the seventh before Rambo struck out the final batter to keep Sigourney from rallying for the win. Kolby Allsup had the big hit in the only scoring rally for the Panthers in the second, delivering a two-run double in the three-run frame.
Sigourney finishes the season with a record of 8-17. Pekin, meanwhile, will look to avenge a regular-season 5-0 loss to Cardinal as the 13-11 Panthers meet the 16-11 Comets in the district semifinals in Keota on Thursday night at 7.
Class 1A, District 9 Second Round
Pekin 3, Sigourney 1
Pekin 030 000 0 — 3 10 1
Sigou. 000 000 1 — 1 1 0
Pekin battery — Keaton Winn (W, 5-2) (6 2/3IP, H, R, 9K, 7BB) and Nazareth Rambo (S, 2) (1/3IP, K), Cole Reighard catching.
2B — Kolby Allsup, Jon Irwin.
Hits — Allsup 2-3, Irwin 2-4, Cade Millikin 2-4, Reighard 2-4, Petie Clubb 1-3, Rambo 1-4.
RBI — Allsup 2, Graham Wittrock.
Runs — Millikin, Reighard, Winn.
Warhawks hold off late rally by Lynnville-Sully
MONTEZUMA – The North Mahawks Warhawks rallied after a slow start to open a 7-3 lead on South Iowa Cedar League rival Lynnville-Sully Tuesday night, then held on the Hawks scored in the seventh inning and brought the tying run to home plate. A final strikeout allowed North Mahaska to advance to the Class 1A, District 9 semifinals with a 7-4 win over the Hawks in Montezuma.
The Warhawks improved to 22-8 with the victory. North Mahaska will play the Braves on Montezuma’s home field Thursday night in the district semifinals.
Van Buren bounces Burlington-Notre Dame
DANVILLE – Van Buren picked up its 21st win of the season by beating a Southeast Iowa Superconference south division rival to open postseason play on Tuesday. The Warriors jumped on top of Burlington-Notre Dame early and won easily, 8-1, in the second round of Class 1A, District 8 competition in Danville.
Garrett Saunders had a pair of hits, including a double, and drove in three of Van Buren’s runs in the victory while combing with Robby Laughlin to allow just five hits to the Nikes. Each pitcher struck out four batters. Will Mertens had two hits and an RBI while Tyler Sprouse was 1-2 with a run.
Van Buren will be closer to home for their next two potential postseason games as the Warriors would play each of the next two games in Fairfield. Van Buren (21-5) hosts 7-16 Winfield-Mount Union at the Trojans’ baseball diamond on Thursday in the district semifinals with the winner playing either IMS or New London Saturday night in Fairfield.