A pair of doubles by Logan Hageman gave South Winn a chance to come back for a win versus Denver Friday night; however, the Warriors fell short, 3-0, in game two. (Photo by Becky Walz)
A pair of doubles by Logan Hageman gave South Winn a chance to come back for a win versus Denver Friday night; however, the Warriors fell short, 3-0, in game two. (Photo by Becky Walz)

The South Winn baseball team (9-6, 4-0 UIC) stepped out of the Upper Iowa Conference to compete last week, facing Oelwein and Denver on the road.


So close

In non-conference action, the Warriors traveled to Oelwein (7-5, 4-3 NEIC) Wednesday night, coming up short, 7-6. 

The Warriors did their best to overcome a 7-1 deficit in the seventh inning scoring five runs to get within one run; however, Oelwein brought in their ace pitcher, Steven Nicolay, to record the final out of the game. 

“Errors plagued us in this game, and it was the first time all year where we made multiple errors in a single inning. Offensively, it took us until the seventh inning to get things going with runners in scoring position,” said Coach Alex Smith.

The Warriors had eight hits in the contest. Freshman Nick Holien had a solid performance with a double and a pair of RBI, while Noah Tieskoetter connected for two hits. Also supplying singles were Kuboushek, Seth Greve, Paul Hageman, Briar Tigges and Ethan Luzum.

Climbing the hill for five innings of work was Jaron Todd suffering the loss with five strikeouts. Cael Kuboushek threw in relief for SW.


Nonconference

Friday, the Warriors came away with the one run victory over the Denver Cyclones (6-6) thanks to a pair of big two-out hits late in the game. 

In the top of the sixth inning, Ethan Luzum unloaded a two-out bases loaded double to give the Warriors their first lead a 4-2. In the seventh inning, Nick Holien came up with the big two-out bases clearing double to provide what would be three crucial runs to give the Warriors a 7-2 lead heading in to the seventh. 

Denver didn’t go down without a fight putting up four runs to cut the lead to 7-6 when Paul Hageman made the game winning catch in left field to secure the victory for South Winn. 

“This was big win for us against a quality team and fun to see a couple of our younger guys come up with the critical hits in the game,” said Coach Smith.

Noah Tieskoetter picked up his third win on the season throwing six strong innings.

At the plate, South Winn combined for eight hits with Nick Holien accounting for three of them with a double, two singles for three RBI.

In the nightcap, it proved to be a pitcher’s duel in which the Warrior offense just could not come up with an inning getting multiple baserunners on. 

The Warriors had five hits in the contest led by Logan Hageman and Jacob Herold with multiple hits. L. Hageman came up with a pair of doubles while Herold had two singles. Tieskoetter had the Warriors’ other hit. 

Kody Kleve threw four very solid innings in relief to keep the game within striking distance. 

“Denver has a deep pitching staff and their starting pitcher attacked the zone and we just weren’t able to get anything going against him,” explained Coach Smith.

 

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