CENTERVILLE – It wasn't going to happen again. Not if Derek Kawlewski had anything to say about it.
Six times this season prior to Tuesday, Indian Hills and Iowa Western had met on the baseball diamond. All six times, Iowa Western came out on top by the time the final pitch was thrown.
Three times, however, the advantage on the scoreboard didn't belong to the Reivers until the final few pitchers were being thrown by Falcon pitchers struggling to try and hold onto to a late-inning lead. On Tuesday, Kawlewski could have easily found himself in that same position as the fourth-ranked Reivers put two runners on with one out in the seventh trying to rally from a 6-3 deficit.
Not this time. Kawlewski responded to the challenge by throwing six-straight strikes to Alex Greer and Kaden Moore, striking out both batters to clinch the Falcons first win over the two-time defending national champions of the season.
"To lose the first four games to these guys at their place and lose the first two games of this series, it feels really good to beat these guys finally," Kawlewski said. "I knew that if just stepped up and threw strikes, my defense would be behind me to make the plays if they happened to put the ball in play."
"If they were going to hit the ball, they were going to hit the ball. Fortunately, nothing happened."
By the end of the day, there was nothing for Iowa Western to celebrate as the regular season wrapped up on Tuesday at Pat Daugherty Field for the fourth-ranked Reivers and Falcons. IHCC took the last two regular season games from regular season Region XI champion Iowa Western, following the game one 6-3 victory with a walk-off 5-4 eight-inning win that saw the Falcons overcome another Reiver rally with one of their own.