CENTERVILLE — Indian Hills hosted Iowa Western in the first of two doubleheaders Friday that quite probably could decide the regular season Region XI baseball championship.
At the end of the first day, the race remained in a virtual tie. Each team entered the doubleheader with 13-3 Region XI records. After the 7-5 IWCC win in the opener and the 9-3 IHCC win in the second game, the region records for each squad were 14-4. Due to Muscatine having used an ineligible player (and those games not counting), the Falcons are still a game ahead in the race to determine regional tournament seeding.
The visitors jumped on Falcon starter Christian Torres for three first-inning runs. The big blow was a two-run homer by Jordan Schlehuber.
If that wasn't a bad enough start, the visitors put another crooked number (3) up in the second.
"Christian (Torres) is usually really aggressive on the mound," said IHCC coach Cam Walker. "He fell behind in the count and paid for it.”
IHCC looked to stay in the game by scoring a run in the bottom of the inning. A walk, an infield single by Joel Booker preceded Paolo Montezuma's RBI groundout.
The Falcons couldn't answer and were blanked through the fourth. Jake Anderson came in to relieve Torres to start the third. After giving up a solo homerun to Quinn Carpenter, he was nearly untouchable for the rest of his work, allowing only that run in his four innings of work.
“Jake did a really good job of keeping us in the game and giving our offense a chance to come back,” added Walker.
The visitors were done scoring as Jose Marin pitched a scoreless seventh. Three consecutive hits by the Falcons in the fifth scored two runs and cut the Reiver lead to 7-3.
Joel Fuentes had an opposite field double and Edgar Lebron also went the other way to triple in Fuentes. Caleb Ratzman followed with an RBI single.