Three area schools were in Class 1A district baseball action on Saturday night.
At Coon Rapids, IKM-Manning clipped Ar-We-Va by a 7-6 margin in a contest that had a very bizarre finish.
At Onawa, Boyer Valley took on Woodbine for the third time this season and the Bulldogs lost for the third time to the Tigers by a 7-0 shutout.
Ar-We-Va jumped out to a 5-1 lead after two innings only to watch IKM-Manning rally back for the victory.
A three-run third inning for IKM-Manning go the Wolves to within 5-4.
Ar-We-Va then plated a run in the bottom of the fourth to make it 6-4, but then Cory McCarville’s Wolves pushed three runs across in the top of the fifth for a 7-6 advantage that held up over the final two innings, but not without a wild finish.
Ar-We-Va had runners on first and second with two outs when Rocket senior baserunner Henry Segebart at second was ejected by the base umpire for chirping at the guy in blue.
Because Ar-We-Va was on offense and behind, the ejection resulted in the third out, thus ending the game, because the Rockets had no substitutes on the bench.
Alex Lingle threw all seven innings for IKM-Manning. In tossing 108 pitches, he allowed six runs on four hits with 10 strikeouts and four walks for the win.
The Wolves had nine hits in the win.
Dane Blom went 2-for-5 with one run batted in.
Lingle went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and one run. Jerod Henkelman was 2-for-4 with a double and one run.
Max Nielsen went 1-for-4 with a solo home run to left in the second.
Amos Rasmussen finished 1-for-2 with one RBI and Keaton Allmon was 1-for-3 with one run.
"Yeah, we got down early, but this game is all about competing. I told the guys to just keep competing and they did that," commented IKM-M’s McCarville.
"Lingle wasn’t as sharp as I’ve seen him, but he did enough to keep us in the game and give us a chance. It was pretty humid and he got a little tired, but he did what he needed to do," he added.
"Our defense struggled early on. If we make some plays, Lingle’s line would have looked a lot better, but we got better defensively as the game went on and we made the plays at the end."
For Ar-We-Va, Drew Schurke went 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs.
Will Ragaller was 1-for-3 with two runs and two stolen bases. Cooper Kock also wound up 1-for-4 with one RBI.
Ragaller started on the hill and took the loss in three innings of work.
He tossed 62 pitches, allowing four runs on five hits with six Ks and one walk.
Schurke tossed the final four innings in relief, yielding three runs on four hits with four Ks and four walks in throwing 66 pitches.
"It’s a tough way to end the season, no doubt, and a tough pill to swallow after the season we had," commented Ar-We-Va coach Austin Stoelk.
"We got off to a great start and I liked the flow of the game early on, but like I told the guys, we just couldn’t put them away. We let them hang around and eventually they got the momentum, while unfortunately, we never could get it back," he added.
"Offensively, we just stranded too many runners on the bases. We didn’t take advantage when we needed to. Defensively, both teams made errors that each team capitalized on. We just didn’t come through with the bats in the later innings when we had to," Stoelk said.
Boyer Valley 0
Woodbine scored three runs in the first inning and led 4-0 after two innings en route to its shutout of Boyer Valley, which saw its season end at 3-17 overall under head coach Dan Steele.
The Tigers, which added three runs in the fourth to end the scoring, will now take on West Harrison in a District 16 semfinal game tonight (Tuesday) at Coon Rapids at 5 p.m.
BV had a total of six hits.
Jonathon Shimerdle went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles to lead BV’s hitting attack.
Jaidan Ten Eyck went 1-for-4. Hunter Soma also was 1-for-4. Dylan Berens went 1-for-3 with a double and Adam Puck was 1-for-3.
Hunter Soma opened on the mound for BV and threw four innings, allowing seven runs on six hits with two walks.
Conlan Petersen also tossed two innings, yielding no runs on no hits with one strikeout to his credit.