Marshalltown is a very familiar foe for fans of Indian Hills, and the surrounding communities. The Tigers are not only coached by for Falcon Rich Grifie, they feature several former local talents including their power hitting leader Andrew Utterback who once stared in multiple sports at Sigourney and now leads the Tigers with six home runs and a .582 slugging percentage.
Three former Ottumwa Bulldogs, Ben Ryder, Zack Throckmorton and Tyler Evans as well as former Centerville star Richard England will also be taking on the Falcons. When it comes right down to it, hall-of-fame head coach Cam Walker isn't taking anybody lightly.
"Baseball's the same for everybody. It's still 90 feet between bases. The mound's still 60 feet and 6 inches," Walker said. "It doesn't matter who we're playing. We've still got to focus on playing our best baseball. If we can play that game, we're capable of beating a lot of teams."
Nobody may be more excited to see the postseason get under way, especially against Marshalltown, then Falcon first baseman Taylor Ostrich. The Carroll native struggled at times this season to find a consistant place as a run-producing threat in the Falcon lineup, until IHCC's pivitol four-game series with the Tigers with both teams jockeying for position in the race for the regional title.
By the time the weekend was over, Ostrich had more than established himself as one of the most dangerous hitters in the entire region. Eight hits including seven for extra bases, 14 RBI and six runs scored paced IHCC to a high-scoring weekend as the Falcons put up 45 runs in four games, winning three to give themselves a chance to chase down Iowa Western in the final weeknd of the regular season.
Ostrich closed the regular season Tuesday going 4-6 at the plate with two more homers and five RBI, giving the Carroll native a team-best 41 for the season.