South Winn’s Jacob Herold slides into second in a cloud of dust as Viking Jace Johnson looks to slap the tag on for an out. Herold was called safe on the play and later scored the winning run for the Warriors in the sixth inning Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Becky Walz)
South Winn’s Jacob Herold slides into second in a cloud of dust as Viking Jace Johnson looks to slap the tag on for an out. Herold was called safe on the play and later scored the winning run for the Warriors in the sixth inning Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Becky Walz)

It was a friendly rivalry on the diamond Saturday afternoon when the Class 1A No. 8 South Winn baseball team (15-6, 8-0 UIC) hosted Decorah (7-10, 3-4 NEIC).

Despite surrendering an early lead to the Vikings, South Winn responded and clung to a 5-4 advantage in the final frame for the victory in Calmar.

“This was a quality win for our guys and a great way to finish out the week. Overall we did some good things in all facets of the game, and I credit our guys for quickly responding to the early deficit and getting momentum in our direction,” said South Winn coach Alex Smith. “Our pitching staff continues to impress and our defense really picked it up over the past few games to make some big plays when we needed them made.”

The Warriors dug themselves a hole early, surrendering two runs in the first inning. South Winn responded in the bottom of the second to tie the game with a leadoff double by Cael Kuboushek with him being driven in on a Logan Hageman single and an RBI fielder’s choice by Noah Tieskoetter. 

South Winn and the Vikings would exchange runs and find themselves tied in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs in the inning, pinch hitter Jacob Herold drew a walk and stole second base. Noah Tieskoetter drove in the go ahead run with his second RBI of the game. This run provided to the deciding run as reliever Jaron Todd shut down the Vikings in order in the seventh inning.


Warrior highlights

South Winn had seven hits. Tieskoetter had two of them including a double, a RBI and a stolen base. Seth Greve and Cael Kuboushek also smacked out doubles while Jaron Todd, Logan Hageman and Carter Wenthold provided singles.

Todd got the win on the mound, throwing the final three frames. Kody Kleve started the contest and threw four innings.


Comments from Riley

The Vikings had four hits. Kailer McCabe had one and drove in two runs with two stolen bases. Ryan Schneberger, James Marx and Seth Shindelar had Decorah’s other three hits while Andy Murphy had the final RBI.

Drake Shelton threw the first 5-2/3 innings, fanning six batters. Climbing the mound in relief was Keenan Tyler.

“South Winn came up with several two out timely hits that ultimately was the difference in the end.  We are still very pleased with our overall effort at the varsity level to give us a chance to win ball games with great pitching efforts and sound defense that will still get better,” said Viking coach Adam Riley. “At times we are pressing too much mentally at the plate and as a result we are not making the sound contact as consistently as we would like.  Once we settle in and get back to basics, our consistent hitting will come.”