Decorah’s Keenan Tyler threw for five innings, striking out three batters during Wednesday’s home opener versus SW.
Decorah’s Keenan Tyler threw for five innings, striking out three batters during Wednesday’s home opener versus SW.

The head-to-head contest between Decorah (2-1, 2-0 NEIC) and South Winn (5-0, 3-0 UIC) was a closer contest than the score indicates in front of a full audience in Decorah Wednesday night.

Final thoughts

“This was a great game for our guys to play in with a large crowd and several big time situations in which we executed extremely well defensively. Decorah did a great job at the plate putting the ball in play and our guys were up for the challenge making several great plays while committing zero errors,” said SW Head Coach Alex Smith. “Noah (Tieskoetter) and Jaron (Todd) were outstanding on the mound attacking the zone and lettering our defense play. Offensively we came up with a couple big hits and were able to take advantage of some miscues in our two three-run innings.”

“The team who catches and throws the baseball the best in high school baseball games is usually the team who wins,” said Decorah Head Coach Adam Riley. “Hats off to South Winneshiek for playing very good baseball tonight. Keenan Tyler and Cai Brevig pitched well enough to give us a chance to be in this ball game throughout the evening, however we simply didn’t play well enough behind them defensively tonight. Offensively we still need to continue to grow as a team by transferring skills being worked on in practice settings to our at-bats on a regular basis.”

Game play

Decorah struck first with a sac fly in the third inning after Kyle Renken rapped out a double, eventually scoring on Briggs Duwe’s sac fly to centerfield. The Warriors responded quickly in the top of the fourth, scoring three runs which included a two-out RBI triple by Noah Tieskoetter. The Warriors would go on to score three big insurance runs in the top of the seventh which include a two RBI single by Ethan Luzum.

The numbers

South Winn’s Tieskoetter picked up the win on the mound throwing four sharp innings in the start. Jaron Todd climbed the hill in relief and got out of a big bases loaded jam in the bottom of the fifth inning with no damage done. Todd picked up the save on the mound tossing three scoreless innings to finish the game.

Leading the Warrior offensive charge was Tieskoetter with two hits, including the game changing triple in the fourth with one RBI and one stolen base. Ethan Luzum slapped out two hits and two RBI, while four other Warriors socked the ball for singles. On the base paths, Cael Kuboushek and Carson Wenthold each stole two bases.

The mound loss was shouldered by Decorah’s Keenan Tyler in his five innings on the hill with a trio of strikeouts as he allowed five hits. Cai Brevig tossed two innings of relief, giving up three runs on two hits and one walked batter, while striking out two.

Coming up for Decorah

The Vikings return to action Tuesday, June 23, versus New Hampton in Decorah and finish the week at Oelwein Friday, June 26. Both contests are set as NEIC doubleheaders to begin at 5 p.m.