WEST BURLINGTON — Indian Hills continued to soar at the start of the season, though it took some late-inning heroics to aviod a stumble at Southeastern.

After easily toppling the Blackhawks, 11-3, in the opening game, Southeastern had ideas of taking a solid split by taking a 5-1 lead into the sixth inning of game two. Still down 5-2 in the seventh, by scoring four runs including the tying and go-ahead runs with two outs in the frame.

After being forced into extra innings, IHCC went ahead for good on a Francisco Tirado Rodriquez RBI double in the eighth. Nathan Cammack closed out the 7-6 win with two strikeouts, completing a come-from-behind sweep for the Falcons.

“We had a sloppy stretch offensively,” Indian Hills head coach Cam Walker said. “Nathan came in and did a nice job in relief on the mound and we got hot at the plate at the perfect time.”

Sophomore lead-off hitter Raymond Kruml nailed three hits in the opening game, including a two-run homer in the four inning. Catcher Eric Ogden added a homer to lead-off a four-run second inning that put IHCC on the road to an easy win.

Roberto Nieves went six innings in a solid start for the freshman. Nieves collected his second win of the season by scattering five hits and a pair of runs after IHCC built as much as a seven-run lead.

Tirado Rodriquez had three hits, including the game-winning double in the nightcap. Francisco Vega and Sean Smith also nailed doubles in game two for the Falcons while Kruml scored three more runs to cap a big overall day for the Lisle, Ill. native.

Indian Hills (14-1) hits another southeast Iowa diamond today when the Falcons travel to Oskaloosa to face the William Penn JV. The doubleheader is slated to get underway at 4 p.m.

Indian Hills 11, Southeastern 3

Indian Hills 041 210 3 — 11 12 0

Southeastern 001 010 1 — 3 7 1

IHCC battery — Roberto Nieves (W, 2-0) (6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3K, BB), Brett Ferguson (IP, 2H, R, ER), Roberto Alamo Hernandez catching.

2B — Eric Ogden.

HR — Raymond Kruml, Ogden.

Hits — Kruml 3-4, Nick Nordgren 2-2, Cody Davis 2-3, Ogden 2-4, Sean Smith 2-4, Alamo Hernandez 1-4.

RBI — Kruml 3, Davis 2, Nordgren 2, Alamo Hernandez, Ogden.

Runs — Davis 2, Ramon Gutierrez 2, Nordgren 2, Ogden 2, Smith 2, Kruml.

Indian Hills 7, Southeastern 6

Indian Hills 100 001 41 — 7 9 0

Southeastern 200 120 10 — 6 12 1

IHCC battery — Brock Kjeldgaard (5IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 3K, 2BB), Nathan Cammack (W, 1-0) (3IP, 4H, R, ER, 2K), Daniel Towe catching.

2B — Francisco Tirado Rodriquez 2, Smith, Fransico Vega.

Hits — Tirado Rodriquez 3-4, Vega 2-4, Kruml 1-2, Smith 1-2, Brian Contreas 1-3, Steven Wilson 1-3.

RBI — Smith 2, Tirado Rodriquez 2, Angel Suarez, Jorge Quintero.

Runs — Kruml 3, Suarez 2, Smith, Tirado Rodriquez.


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