Falcons stay alive in regional tournament

IHCC pitcher Bryce Collins delivers home at Tom Bruner Field in Muscatine

If Indian Hills is going to end an 11-year regional championship drought, they're going to have to go through the team that has spent the past decade keeping the Falcons from advancing down the postseason road to the JUCO World Series.

Twice.

The IHCC baseball team bounced back after losing their first encounter of this year's Region XI Tournament with No. 3 Iowa Western, keeping their season alive with a 4-2 win over Muscatine on Saturday at Tom Bruner Field. Bryce Collins gave the Falcons eight solid innings of work, pitching into the ninth before former Centerville standout Michael Starcevich picked up the save, forcing a double-play groundout with the potential tying run on deck.

Mike Levar had the biggest hit of the day for the Falcons, crushing a two-run homer to give Indian Hills a 4-1 lead in the sixth. That gave Collins plenty of support as the freshman hurler allowed just two solo home runs to the Cardinals (23-28) while striking out seven batters.

IHCC (31-27) will get a rematch with No. 3 Iowa Western after falling to the Reivers, 8-0 in eight innings, earlier on Saturday. The Falcons could not take advantage of eight hits, a Reiver error and three walks as Mitch McIntyre scored his eighth win of the season for Iowa Western.

The Falcons committed several base-running errors, allowing the Reivers to escape several IHCC rallies. Alex Krupa and Jake Scudder both drilled home runs with Scudder's three-run shot in the eighth bringing the game to an early end.

Indian Hills will now need to beat No. 3 Iowa Western (48-5) twice in a row on Sunday to win the regional title. The Reivers, meanwhile, need to win just one game as the two teams meet in the first game at 11 a.m.

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