The Ottumwa Courier


May 7, 2013

Fourth-ranked Reivers stymie Falcons in Ottumwa to clinch regular season regional title


The first time came with the Falcons trailing 3-0 in game one. After finally getting two runners into scoring position for the first time, Dario Polanco flew out to the left to end the fourth inning in what would be the last chance IHCC would have to even tie the opener.

Indian Hills best chance for a game-winning hit came late in game two. With two on and two out, Taylor Ostrich nailed a drive in the bottom of the sixth that looked like it might drop for a go-ahead extra base hit before hanging up for an inning-ending fly out to center.

“We just couldn’t get much of rythum going at the plate,” Walker said. “We were taking pitches we should have swung at and swinging at pitches we shouldn’t be swinging at. We need to get that out of our system going into the postseason.”

The Falcons were also their own worst enemy throughout the doubleheader both in the field and on the basepaths. Indian Hills (29-20, 13-9) committed six defensive errors, leading to a pair of unearned runs for the Reivers, while any hopes of creating scoring rallies in other innings was stopped by four different Falcon baserunners being thrown out or picked off by Iowa Western (41-10, 18-4).

Before heading off to face Marshalltown Friday at 2 p.m. in their regional tournament opener, IHCC will face Iowa Western in one final regular season doubleheader. When and where those games will be played is still up in the air as the condition of Daugherty Field will need to be evaluated further before determining whether to play later today or return to Legion Field for the 1 p.m. first pitch.

“No matter where we’re playing at, we want to come back out and play a lot better,” Walker said. “It’s always important to get a rhytum going into the postseason. You want to be feeling good about yourselves and we want to be playing with some enthusiasum starting (today).”

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