Warrior second baseman Jaron Todd looks to make the throw in an early-season game. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Warrior second baseman Jaron Todd looks to make the throw in an early-season game. (Photo by Becky Walz)

Claiming two conference wins earlier this week, the South Winn baseball team (8-4, 4-0 UIC) sits atop the Upper Iowa Conference tied with Kee High.

Two more wins

It was a couple of big conference wins for South Winn as the Warriors ventured into North Fayette Valley territory and came away victorious, 2-0 and 6-0.

In game one, it was a pitcher’s duel between top UIC pitchers Noah Tieskoetter and NFV ace Brooks Hovden, the Warriors came up on the winning end. 

The Warriors had just one hit by Jaron Todd but were able to take advantage of some free bases to score the two runs. In the first inning, Kody Kleve drove home Tieskoetter with a sacrifice fly and in the second inning, Carter Wenthold drove home Paul Hageman with a sac fly as well.

Game two turned out another face-off between the Warriors’ pitcher Ethan Luzum and NFV southpaw Dylan Muggler.

South Winn was able to strike for the first run of game on an RBI double by Seth Greve in the first inning. The teams exchanged zeros in the run column into the sixth inning when the Warriors were able to add five insurance runs between the final two frames.

Ten hits were scattered up and down the line-up with Greve having two. Also with two hits apiece were Jaron Tosd and Carter Wenthold. South Winn racked up 12 stolen bases in the contest as well.

“We knew going in we would face two of the better pitchers in the league. Noah (Tieskoetter) and Ethan (Luzum) were both outstanding in matching up with their aces and we played great defense behind team. In a game where hits are hard to come by, you have to manufacture runs and our guys were aggressive on the base paths and did enough at the plate to drive in runs. This was a couple of big conference wins for us against an NFV team that I think will be in the conference race at the end of the season,” said Coach Alex Smith.


Back at home

Tuesday night, the Warriors took on undefeated and Class 1A top-ranked Mason City Newman, falling 8-1, at home.

In his second start of the season on the mound, Kody Kleve was dominant against the Knights through the first two innings. Following a rain delay, the Knights were able to get the momentum in the third inning and put up six runs. The big inning would prove to be more than enough for the top ranked Knights, as the Warriors managed just three hits and one run. Nick Holien in his first varsity pitching action of the season held the Knights to just one run in the final three innings. 

“We knew going in we couldn’t afford to give extra outs or free bases and the third inning they were able to do just that,” said Coach Smith.


Big week continues

South Winn will continue its four-game week at Oelwein Wednesday, June 7, and Denver Friday, June 7. The Warriors return to UIC action Monday, June 10, at Postville at 5:30 p.m.