The Indian Hills Falcons split a crucial series with the Iowa Western Reviers, ranked ninth nationally in the NJCAA, on Friday and Saturday. The wins push both teams to 15-5 conference records with one regular season conference series left on the schedule for either side.
The split means Indian Hills will need to win three of four games this weekend against Marshalltown to clinch the first place seed for the conference tournament.
Iowa Western took the opening game of the series Friday afternoon, recording a 7-5 win. In game two, the Falcons would score nine runs on nine hits, including two home runs by Paulo Montezuma and Mike Levar.
The Falcons would open Saturday’s action against Iowa Western with a come-from-behind win in stunning fashion.
After Iowa Western scored a run in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead, both sides went scoreless until the sixth inning. That’s when Joel Booker would come around to score for the Falcons to tie the game.
Booker reached base on an error, he would advance to third base on a single by Junior Santos. Then, Santos would get caught up in a rundown between first and second. Whilst Iowa Western was focusing on trying to tag Santos out, Booker would take the opportunity to score. Eventually, Santos would make it back safely into first as no one from Iowa Western was covering first base.
More stunning turns of events would give Falcons the eventual walk-off win in the seventh inning.
Indian Hill’s Jake Lewis was hit by a pitch to start the inning. After Kyle Keck came into the game as a courtesy runner for Lewis, Keck was sacrificed over to second base by a bunt from Levar.
Then, Iowa Western catcher David Parrett had trouble handling a pitch from Sean Johnson. That passed ball moved Keck over to third base. As Parrett was attempting to retrieve the ball, he kicked it into the Falcons dugout, prompting Keck to be awarded home plate due to the ball going out of play, giving Indian Hills their second run and clinch the win.