SW Valley 8,
Central Decatur 7
CORNING — Southwest Valley scored five runs in the bottom of hte seventh inning to complete a wild, come-from-behind win over Central Decatur here on Wednesday.
“Getting five in the bottom of the seventh was a really nice comeback for us,” head coach Pete Nett said. “We did a great job of putting the ball in play tonight. We had only four strikeouts in 38 plate appearances against a couple of pretty good pitchers. The end was about as exciting as we’ve had it all year.”
Evan Baldwin kept things alive for Southwest Valley in the bottom of the seventh inning, legging out an infield single with the bases loaded and two outs, with the Timberwolves trailing 7-6.
Drey Barton scored all the way from second base on the play to give the Timberwolves a walkoff win.
Baldwin drove in three runs in the game to lead the Timberwolves. Barton singled and drove in a pair of runs. Ryan Carlson hit a single and a double with one RBI.
Clint Mullen singled and drove in a run, while Lane Peterson doubled and scored a run. Keegan Longabaugh singled and scored two runs.
Bryan Pearson pitched four innings, giving up five hits with five walks and three strikeouts. Nick Frederick pitched two innings, surrendering just one hit and striking out two. Baldwin picked up the win, pitching one inning with one walk and one strikeout.
EXIRA — Class 1A No. 9-ranked Exira/EHK defeated Orient-Macksburg here on Wednesday, 13-0.
Jackson Mikkelsen took the loss on the hill for the Bulldogs.
Orient-Macksburg recorded just three hits in the game, one each from Jordan Thompson, Mikkelsen and Blake Sevier.
Nodaway Valley 1
GREENFIELD — Caleb Lange pitched a two-hitter for Lenox, as the Tigers rolled to a 12-1 win over Nodaway Valley here on Thursday.
Lange issued three walks and struck out two in the win. Offensively, he drove in two runs, bringing his season total to 41, good enough for seventh in Class 1A.
Dawson Tullberg finished 2-for-3 with a double, while Jared Hensley went 2-3. Dustin Gordon hit a two-run triple in the fifth inning. Dusten Reed drove in two runs.
Sam Marnin, Zach Eblen and Delson Grantham combined on the hill for Nodaway Valley, striking out two and walking nine, while giving up nine hits.
Lenox ends the regular season with a record of 19-5.
SW Valley 6
BEDFORD — For the second night in a row, Southwest Valley was involved in a game that came down to the wire, this time falling to Bedford, 7-6.
“Our offense stayed alive for the second night in a row,” Southwest Valley head coach Pete Nett said. “We pounded out 11 hits and left 14 runners on base for the game. We are swinging the bats as well as we have all year long. We made a few minor mistakes tonight at key times that cost us the ballgame, but overall, I’m really happy with the fight we’re showing heading into the postseason.”
Bryan Pearson hit two singles and drove in two runs for the Timberwolves. Ryan Carlson hit three singles. Evan Baldwin doubled and drove in one run.
Keegan Longabaugh hit one double, while Nick Frederick singled twice. Drey Barton and Colten Drake each recorded a single.
Longabaugh took the loss on the mound, pitching six innings, giving up six hits with five earned runs on seven walks and five strikeouts.
Southwest Valley opens Class 2A district play at Van Meter at 5 p.m. Saturday against Panorama.