CENTERVILLE — Dreams of hosting the district tournament, and even a return trip to the JUCO World Series, seemed to be in grasp for the Indian Hills Falcons coming into Saturday afternoon.
The Falcons came into the Region XI Tournament as the No. 1 seed, needing only one win to solidify a shot at qualifying for the world series.
In their first game of the tournament against Marshalltown Community College on Saturday, the Indian Hills Falcons thought they had secured that win.
But not so fast, said the rulebook.
Jose Marin, a sophomore for the Falcons, threw 16 pitches to close out what was a 9-7 win for the Falcons over Marshalltown.
Marin, however, was left off of the official roster submitted prior to the start of the tournament. This came to light after the game ended. By the time the dust settled, Indian Hills was forced to forfeit the contest.
After the forfeit, Indian Hills could only muster one hit against Iowa Western’s Quinn Carpenter. The Iowa Western Reivers recorded an 8-0 win. The game only went seven innings due to the eight-run mercy rule.
No. 2 Iowa Western and No. 3 Marshalltown will duke it out for the regional title in Centerville at Pat Daughtery Field on Sunday. Since the top-two advance out of regionals this season, both are already locked into district play.
Iowa Western will need just one win to secure the regional title while Marshalltown will have to beat the Reivers twice Sunday. The regional champion will also claim home field for the district tournament.
Indian Hills ends the season with a 39-17 overall record.