By Becky Walz,
After an eight-game win streak was snapped over the weekend, the South Winn baseball team (16-5, 10-2 UIC) is once again ringing up the wins, having won two against Turkey Valley Monday (see story on page 24 and this page) and defeating North Fayette Valley (5-14, 4-8 UIC) on the road Tuesday, 11-3.
The score was not indicative of how close the game was, as NFV narrowed the lead to 5-3 heading into the seventh inning. Six big runs in the top of the seventh provided some much needed security for the Warriors. The highlight of the night was a double play turned by Briar Tigges on the mound in which he tagged a runner trying to advance and then threw out a trail runner heading back to second base. Tigges picked up the win on the mound throwing a solid 5 2/3 innings striking out nine and walking none.
“We knew going in that we needed a quality start out of Briar (Tigges) as we have several arms not available to pitch over this stretch. Briar gave us just what we needed attacking the strike zone and letting our defense make plays. While we made some miscues, our guys made the plays in the big moment,” noted Coach Alex Smith.
On offense, Cael Kuboushek and Ethan Luzum each had multi-hit games and drove in two runs. Sam Conway and Evan Bushman were too fast for the TigerHawks on the basepaths, each stealing three bases.
The Warriors were at Clayton Ridge Wednesday and will host Kee tonight (Thursday, June 24) at 5:30 p.m., in a junior varsity/varsity doubleheader. SW will host a triangular Saturday, June 26, with Wapsie Valley and Dyersville Beckman beginning at 11 a.m. Next week kicks off with a twinbill at home versus MFL MarMac Monday, June 28, at 5:30 p.m.
R H E
S. Winn 2 0 0 1 2 0 6 11 8 4
NFV 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 7 2
Briar Tigges (WP) – 5-2/3IP, 3R, 1ER, 6H, 9K; Jacob Herold (RP) – 1IP, 1H; Carson Wenthold (RP) – 1/3IP
1B – Cael Kuboushek 2; Ethan Luzum 2; Logan Hageman 1; Herold 1; Keagen Streeter 1; Tigges 1; RBI – Kuboushek 2; Luzum 2; Herold 1; Tigges 1; Wenthold 1; SB – Sam Conway 3; Evan Bushman 3; Kuboushek 2; Luzum 1