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April 9, 2012

Falcons take four straight from Dakota Tech

CENTERVILLE — It wasn’t the Easter Bunny that delivered an early weekend gift to Indian Hills Falcon fans. That gift was delivered by Levi Grassley.

A perfect weekend at Pat Daugherty Field for the Falcons ended in perfect fashion as Grassley made his only second game at-bat count against Dakota Tech.

Grassley nailed his third home run of the season with the score tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning. The solo shot capped a second-straight doubleheader sweep for the Falcons against Dakota Tech as Grassley provided IHCC with a 3-2 win in game two after the Falcons ended things early in game one with a 12-1, five-inning romp.

“They had a left-hander that kept up down most of that second game,” Indian Hills head baseball coach Cam Walker said. “We finally got two off of him in the sixth and Grassley had a huge walk-off to win it.”

Taylor Ostrich also went deep for Indian Hills on Saturday, drilling his second homer in game one as the Falcons broke open a 2-1 game with a nine-run third inning. Ostrich had one of five extra-base hits in the opener, which featured a 3-3 effort with a double and two RBI by Yuilcier Arias.

“The bats really came alive in that opening game,” Walker said.

Arias started IHCC’s comeback in game two as the Falcons trailed 2-0 going into the sixth. A two-RBI double Arias evened the contest heading into the seventh.

The four-game sweep of Dakota Tech gives Indian Hills eight wins in their past nine games, moving the Falcons to a season-best 18-15 record. IHCC returns to Region XI play Wednesday afternoon in Creston for a doubleheader at Southwestern starting at 2 p.m.

Indian Hills 12, Dakota Tech 1 (5)

Dakota Tech    001    00    —     1     3    2         

Indian Hills     209    1x    —    12    13    0

IHCC battery — Matt Lashlee (W) (5IP, 3H, R, ER, 6K, BB), Levi Grassley catching.

2B — Yucilier Arias, Jason Bonilla, Adam Deneke.

3B — Francis Marcelo.

HR — Taylor Ostrich.

Hits — Arias 3-3, Bonilla 2-3, Grassley 2-3, Kevin Arroyo 2-4, Kevin Brito 1-2, Marcelo 1-3, Ostrich 1-3, Deneke 1-4.

RBI — Arias 2, Deneke 2, Grassley 2, Marcelo 2, Arroyo, Bonilla, Ostrich.

Runs — Arroyo 2, Brito 2, Grassley 2, Arias, Bonilla, Deneke, Marcelo, Ostrich, Dylan Settle.

Indian Hills 3, Dakota Tech 2

Dakota Tech    001    001    0    —    2    5    0         

Indian Hills     000    002    1    —    3    6    0

IHCC battery — Tyler Sparger (IP, H, K, BB), A.J. McElderry (IP, K), Jake Stalzer (IP, H, R, ER, K, BB), Sam Ross (3IP, 3H, R, ER, 4K, 2BB) and Anthony Gagliardi (W) (IP, K), Raul Centeno and Grassley catching.

2B — Arias, Jeremy Delgado, Ostrich.

HR — Grassley.

Hits — Delgado 2-2, Grassley 1-1, Centeno 1-2, Ostrich 1-2, Arias 1-3.

RBI — Arias 2, Grassley.

Runs — Delgado, Grassley, Ostrich.

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