South Winn catcher Kody Kleve lays the tag on the Don Bosco runner during Friday’s Class 1A quarterfinal at Principal Park. (Photo by Becky Walz)
South Winn catcher Kody Kleve lays the tag on the Don Bosco runner during Friday’s Class 1A quarterfinal at Principal Park. (Photo by Becky Walz)

The postseason run came to an end for the South Winn baseball team in the state quarterfinals at Principal Park in Des Moines Friday. Making their second consecutive appearance at the state tournament, the fourth-seeded Warriors fell to Don Bosco, 3-1.

The Warriors finish the shortened season with a 25-2 mark. The Dons advance to the state semifinals versus Kingsley-Pierson, who defeated the top-ranked Martensdale-St. Mary’s squad in eight innings, 3-2. The Class 1A semifinals are slated to take place Thursday, July 30.

“This was a great high school pitchers dual and unfortunately we weren’t able to get things going offensively against a top area pitcher,” said Coach Alex Smith. “After our experience playing in Des Moines last year, I felt our guys were poised to make a run and put themselves into competitive game. Ethan (Luzum) did an outstanding job of keeping their offense in check and giving us an opportunity to win a low scoring game.”

Don Bosco’s Cael Frost led off the game with a home run over the right field fence. The Warriors were able to tie the game up in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Seth Greve scoring Jaron Todd who doubled in his first at bat to knot the score 1-1.

Warrior junior Ethan Luzum and ace Don Bosco pitcher, Lewis Havel, proceeded to settle in to take the game scoreless to the fifth inning. The Dons scored the go ahead runs in the fifth on a 2 RBI double by Lewis Havel. The Warriors got the lead-off batter on in their final three innings, but were not able to capitalize with a big hit.

Luzum struck out eight batters in six inning with Todd throwing the final inning in relief, ringing up one.

South Winn connected for five hits in the contest, led by Todd was 2-for-3 with a double. Also, on the board with singles were Noah Tieskoetter, Seth Greve and Jacob Herold, with Greve having the lone RBI.

Graduating from the team are Todd, Tieskoetter, Greve, Kody Kleve and Carter Wenthold.

“Qualifying for state is a difficult achievement, and to make it in back to back seasons is even more challenging. Our players, especially our seniors, had high expectations in this season, and we can’t be thankful enough for the state of Iowa giving us this opportunity during uncertain times,” said Coach Smith. “I want to thank all of the members of our program including our players, assistant coaches, and school administration for their commitment to our program. 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. Lastly, special thanks to all of our media for the coverage and recognizing our players for their accomplishments.”