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May 9, 2014

Region XI tourney starts Saturday

By Kyle Ocker

Sports Editor

Baseball fans could see up to five games of baseball over Saturday and Sunday at Pat Daugherty Field in Centerville.

The Indian Hills Falcons will be hosting Marshalltown and Iowa Western for the Region XI baseball tournament.

The tournament will have a different appearance than normal. With Muscatine being disqualified from post-season play for using an ineligible player in the prior season, only three teams will be participating in the tournament.

This year’s bracket will have each of the three teams playing two games on Saturday. All games will be nine inning games, instead of the typical seven innings normally played during conference doubleheaders in the regular season.

Second-seed Iowa Western will play third-seed Marshalltown to open the tournament at 11 a.m. tomorrow. Indian Hills will then play back-to-back games at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. The first game will be against the loser of game one, the second is against the winner of game one.

The tournament is a double elimination tournament. A team with two losses is eliminated. Should a team that is 1-1 in the tournament face a 2-0 team for the title, the 1-1 team would have to win two games while the 2-0 would just need one win to claim the title.

Sunday’s games will be set based on the results from Saturday. As the one seed, Indian Hills needs just one win to guarantee a spot in the championship game. Marshalltown and Iowa Western would need two wins on Saturday to solidify a title game berth.

Should all three teams end day one with identical 1-1 records, Indian Hills will automatically advance to the title game. Marshalltown and Iowa Western would then play one additional game to determine who will face the Falcons for the regional crown.

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