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April 1, 2014

Falcons sweep Cardinals on Sunday

The Indian Hills Falcons completed their first conference series of the season at home over the weekend.

After they split with the Muscatine Cardinals on Saturday, the Falcons would record a combined 16 runs on 18 hits to sweep the Cardinals on Sunday to finish off the conference series.

The wins give the Falcons a 3-1 conference record, good for second in the ICCAC behind Iowa Western. All four of the Division 1 teams in the ICCAC finished their first conference series of the season over the weekend.

The Falcons recorded a 10-0 shutout over the Cardinals in the first game on Sunday. The game ended through the mercy rule after six innings, when the Falcons’ Joel Fuentes hit a walk off double to score Kyle Keck for the 10th run.

Only three times did the Cardinals have a runner reach base. All three times, the Falcons defense forced Muscatine to strand those runners.

Christian Torres allowed two hits and pitched one walk in his five innings of work. During that span, Torres threw eight strikeouts.

Johno Rodriguez pitched the final inning, with one walk and a strikeout.

A leadoff walk to Indian Hills’ Caleb Ratzman gave the Falcons an early baserunner. Ratzman would eventually steal home to score. Mitch Langer would give the Falcons a 4-0 lead with a two-out, three-run home run to center-field.

In the fourth inning, Indian Hills’ Jose Valdez led off with a home run to left field. Edgar Lebron would make it all the way to third base on an error by the third baseman. Lebron would score on an RBI triple by Ratzman.

At the next at-bat, Joel Booker would hit a two-run home run to score himself and Ratzman, giving the Falcons a 9-0 lead. After a pitching change for Muscatine, the Falcons would end the inning peacefully.

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