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Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 1:19 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 1:25 a.m. CDT
Southwest Valley junior pitcher Colten Drake goes home with a pitch during Southwest Valley's 9-1 loss to Nodaway Valley on Tuesday. Drake and Nodaway Valley pitcher Casey Ladd battled through a pitcher's duel through five innings before the Wolverines struck for eight runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Nodaway Valley left fielder Nathan Andrews catches a fly ball off the bat of Southwest Valley's Keegan Longabaugh to end the third inning on Tuesday. Nodaway Valley won 9-1.

Nodaway Valley 9, SW Valley 1

GREENFIELD — Tuesday’s Pride of Iowa Conference matchup here between Nodaway Valley and Southwest Valley was a classic pitcher’s duel through five innings.

And then host Nodaway Valley struck for eight runs in the bottom of the sixth, pulling away for a 9-1 win.

The big blows in the sixth inning for Nodaway Valley came on a two-run triple by Trevor Jameson and a two-run home run by Delson Grantham.

Zach Eblen went 1-for-2 with two RBI for the Wolverines, while Casey Ladd finished 1-3 with a double. Colton Garside was 1-3 with one RBI. Nathan Andrews and Joe Herr each finished with one hit.

Ladd picked up the win for the Wolverines, pitching a complete game and giving up just three hits. He walked two batters and struck out 11.

“Casey did an awesome job on the mound,” Nodaway Valley head coach Dan Jameson said.

Colten Drake pitched four innings, giving up just one hit and walking one, while striking out 11. Bryan Pearson pitched two innings of relief, taking the loss, giving up eight earned runs on seven hits with four walks and one strikeout.

Lane Peterson hit an RBI single in the second inning, driving home Southwest Valley’s only run of the game. Drake doubled and Ryan Carlson added a single.

“The final score doesn’t really reflect how close the game was,” Southwest Valley head coach Pete Nett said. “It was tied at 1-1 in the sixth, and then we didn’t field a soft linier out near second and then lost a fly ball in the lights with two on base and the wheels kind of came off.

“Outside of the bottom of the sixth, it was actually one of our better played games of the year,” Nett continued. “We only made one error in the field, we threw lots of strikes and the bottom of the order put the ball in play against a pretty tough pitcher.”

Lenox 2, Mount Ayr 1

LENOX — The Lenox vs. Mount Ayr baseball game on Tuesday also featured a pitcher’s duel, as Lenox came out on top 2-1.

Both teams were scoreless through four innings, before Mount Ayr finally broke the scoreless tie in the top of the fifth inning.

Levi Jarred drew his third walk of the game and then courtesy runner Kyle Dolecheck stole second base, before moving to third base on a sacrifice fly by Jacob Taylor. Dolecheck scored on a passed ball.

Lenox answered back in the sixth inning, as Spencer Brown reached base on an error and scored on a passed ball.

Mount Ayr threatened in the seventh inning, but stranded runners at first and second.

Dawson Tullberg got things started in the bottom of the seventh inning for the Tigers, reaching base on a fielder’s choice. He moved to second base on a Jared Hensley walk and then stole third base.

Dustin Gordon delivered the deciding blow, as he roped a ball down the third base line, scoring Tullberg for the walkoff win.

Brown picked up the win for the Tigers, giving up just three hits with nine strikeouts and seven walks. Jarred took the loss for Mount Ayr, pitching 6 1/3 innings with five strikeouts and three walks, giving up seven hits.

Gordon finished 2-for-3 at the plate with the winning RBI for Mount Ayr, while Dusten Reed went 2-3.

Weston Schnoor finished wtih two hits for Mount Ayr and Quency Vos had one.

Lenox improves to 16-4 for the season and 11-3 in the Pride of Iowa Conference. Mount Ayr returns to action Thursday at home for senior night against Nodaway Valley.

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