Noah Tieskoetter started Saturday’s quarterfinal with a double for the Warriors. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Noah Tieskoetter started Saturday’s quarterfinal with a double for the Warriors. (Photo by Becky Walz)

A tremendous postseason run came to an end at Principal Park in Des Moines for the South Winn baseball team in the Class 1A state quarterfinals. 

The Warriors fell to No. 3 Alburnett 13-4 in their second state appearance for the school. Finishing the season with an overall record of 29-10, South Winn graduates just one senior – Paul Hageman. 

“We talked a lot leading into the week about it just being another game and continuing to do the little things well. Unfortunately, our team strengths of pitching and defense weren’t where we wanted them to be, and I credit Alburnett for being really aggressive and at the plate putting the pressure on us,” said Coach Alex Smith.

South Winn stunned the Pirates at the start as Noah Tieskoetter opened the game with a double to center. A Cael Kuboushek walk was followed by Seth Greve getting hit by a pitch to load the bases for the Warriors. Delivering a two-run single was Kody Kleve before Ethan Luzum followed with a two-run double and a 4-0 lead.

However, the momentum changed quickly in the bottom of the first, with Alburnett responding with two runs of their own when the Pirates’ Reed Stallman drove in Hunter Caves with a sacrifice fly and Luke Smith added an RBI single to cut South Winn’s lead in half, 4-2.

Back at the top of the order for the second frame, Alburnett took the lead for good scoring three times. Nearly an hour rain delay stopped the Warriors from possibly regaining their composure and the Pirates scored nine more unanswered runs as South Winn managed one hit the rest of the way. Five late-game Warrior errors factored into the Pirates’ six-run sixth frame and put the game out of reach.

Jaron Todd suffered the loss on the mound in relief taking over for Ethan Luzum in the first inning and pitching 4 2/3 innings. 

It was a four-hit contest for South Winn with Tieskoetter and Luzum on the board with doubles. Kleve and Jacob Herold knocked out singles.

“This was a tremendous postseason run and experience for not only players, but for all involved in the program. I want to thank all of the members of our program including our players, coaches, and school administration for their commitment to having a high-level high school baseball program,” said Coach Smith. “I’d also like to thank the parents, family members and community for all of the support that we get not only in the postseason but all season long. Also, special thanks to all of our media for the coverage and recognizing our players for their accomplishments.”