Iowa Western made themselves right at home right away in their first trip to Wapello County, arriving in Ottumwa at 1:30 p.m. for the 4 p.m. first pitch.
“I’m not one of those coaches that believes in rushing his players, so we left (Council Bluffs) at around 9 a.m. and got here with plenty of time to enjoy the area,” Rardin said. “We went over to the (Quincy Place) mall and let the guys go get some lunch. We took our time getting ready to play.”
Once things got underway, it was buisness as usual for Rardin’s Reivers. A very workman-like effort went into the two wins that clinched the top seed in the upcoming Region XI baseball tournament, which gets underway Friday at Tom Brener Field in Muscatine with the Reivers facing the host team Cardinals at 11 a.m.
“Just having the number one seed going into the tournament doesn’t mean you’re going to win the regional tournament. It doesn’t mean you’re going to get to the JUCO World Series, but it shows that you’ve shown up and done enough to put yourself in a tremendous position to get there,” Rardin said. “To do that, you’ve got to figure out a number of different ways to win.”
There wasn’t anything Iowa Western did spectaularly well Monday to pick up their fifth and sixth wins in a row against IHCC this year. The Reivers only had three extra base hits, three doubles, and just three RBI hits while using seven pitchers to pick up the back-to-back shutouts.
Indian Hills gave themselves little margin for error at the plate, connecting on just six hits as a team over the 14 innings. Those limited connections at home plate led to limited scoring chances as IHCC only put multiple runners on base twice in the entire doubleheader - once in each game.