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April 22, 2013

Falcons roll past Muscatine in weekend regional sweep

MUSCATINE – What a difference a week can make in the fortunes of two teams.

It seemed like last weekend, no matter what they did, the Indian Hills baseball team couldn't buy a win against an Iowa Western team that just refused to lose. The four-game sweep by the Reivers seemed to all but lock the door on the race for the regular season title in Region XI.

Now, one weekend later, things have suddenly changed.

Indian Hills continued their bounce-back effort in with a very successful return to the region over the weekend, picking up a four-game sweep at Muscatine on the home diamond of this year's regional tournament. The Falcons prevailed by coming through with three close wins, picking wins of 1-0 and 10-8 in eight innings on Saturday before a 19-6 victory to open play Sunday put IHCC on the verge of a sweep.

Indian Hills closed out the series in style, winning 7-6 in Sunday's finale to run their latest winning streak to six-straight games. The Falcons received even better news after finishing off their sweep with word that the third-ranked Reivers had been swept themselves at Marshalltown on Sunday, losing three of four games to the Tigers in the process.

After needing just one run to take the opening game, which was delayed as the previous week's rainy weather made drying out Tom Brener Field a longer process, IHCC had to play deep into Saturday night to get halfway to the sweep. The Falcons and Muscatine battled back and forth in a game-two slugfest, which was tied at 8-8 after seven innings, before a two-RBI single by Tyler Hermann and a three-out shutout down inning by relief pitcher Matt Lashlee put away the win for Cam Walker's squad.

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