First baseman Seth Greve slaps the tag on an Ed-Co base runner in a pick-off attempt Tuesday night. (Photo by Becky Walz)
First baseman Seth Greve slaps the tag on an Ed-Co base runner in a pick-off attempt Tuesday night. (Photo by Becky Walz)

An hour rain delay, several lightning delays and a tough Ed-Co (8-6) squad couldn’t bring down the South Winn baseball team (23-1) Tuesday night in the Class 1A District 6 semifinal. With the Warriors leading 4-1 in the bottom of the fifth innings, the game was called due to unplayable field conditions. 

There are still two games standing between the Warrior baseball team and the state tournament at Principal Park. Saturday, July 18, South Winn hosts MFL MarMac in the Class 1A District 6 final at 7 p.m. 

A pair of SW errors in the first frame allowed an Ed-Co double to centerfield to score the first run of the contest and gave the visitors a 1-0 advantage. Up to bat, South Winn went down in order in the bottom half of the inning.

Three strikeouts in the top of the second put the Warriors back in the dugout, only to see the rain showers begin, causing a one-hour delay. A Viking error allowed Seth Greve to lead off the fourth at first base. A grounder hit through to centerfield by Kody Kleve advanced Greve to second to put two runners on the base paths. Stepping into the batter’s box Logan Hageman dropped down a bunt that induced an Ed-Co error and plated two runs, giving SW a 2-1 lead after four innings of play.

Sitting down the Vikings in order to start the fifth inning, pitcher Noah Tieskoetter knocked out a stand-up double to start the fifth inning before lightning in the area delayed the game once again and eventually finished early.

“I give a lot of credit to the Ed-Co pitcher for keeping our offense down for the first three innings. Having a playoff game early is not something you like to see happen, but I credit our guys for being resilient and getting the offense going in the fourth and fifth innings after several delays in the game,” said Coach Alex Smith.

Climbing the hill for five innings of work was Tieskoetter. The senior allowed one run on three hits and one walk, while striking out 10 batters.

South Winn had three hits including a double by Ethan Luzum, while Kleve and Hageman had singles.