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March 30, 2014

Saturday loss ends Falcons’ win streak

A win to start Saturday’s twin bill against Muscatine would expand the Indian Hills Falcons’ win streak to eight games. However, the Falcons would come just a run shy of expanding the streak to nine on Saturday night.

The Falcons finally got to play a regular season game on their home surface for the 2014 College Baseball season. The Falcons’ first home game was moved to Ottumwa’s Legion Field. On Tuesday, their home game against Iowa Western was postponed to Thursday, before eventually being postponed to April.

However, on Saturday, the Falcons christened Pat Daugherty Field with a commanding 10-2 victory over the Muscatine Cardinals to start off the first conference twin bill of the season.

The Falcons got their offense off rolling early, with a three run first inning that began with a leadoff triple to centerfield by Caleb Ratzman. Four pitches later, Joel Booker would connect for a single to score Ratzman for Indian Hills’ first run of the game.

A double by Dario Polanco in the next at-bat would give the Falcons runners at second and third base with no outs.

Booker would score next, as Junior Santos would reach first base on a Muscatine error. Santos would score the Falcon’s third run of the inning, with two outs, after he was balked home by Muscatine pitcher Zach Carstens.

Muscatine would respond with a run in the top of the second inning, making the score 3-1.

The Falcons would expand their lead a bit more with a four-run performance in the bottom half of the inning. Booker, Santos, Mike Levar and Edgar Lebron would all come around to score.

For the final five innings, Indian Hills would hold Muscatine to one run in the fifth, as the Falcons would score one run in the third and two in the sixth to close the game with a 10-2 win.

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