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Moravia's Hunter Arbogast (left) and Cason Butz (right) celebrate after defeating Lynnville-Sully in extra innings.

MORAVIA — Just as it looked like Moravia’s senior night would be spoiled, the Mohawks found a way to rally back and defeat Lynnville-Sully 5-4 in eight innings.

It was Hunter Arbogast and Casey Smith’s night as the Mohawks two seniors. Arbogast got the start on the mound and would go the distance, giving up four runs, two earned, on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts in eight innings of work.

Lynnville-Sully would get on the board first in the second inning with a pair of runs that would end up being the only scoring for the first few innings.

It was not until the fifth inning when Cason Butz’s sacrifice fly to center field would score Gage Hanes from third to cut the deficit in half.

Lynnville-Sully didn’t waste anytime getting that run back as they plated two more runs in the sixth to extend their lead to 4-1.

With Moravia’s backs against the wall trailing by three with only two outs left, the Mohawks had a late rally in them.

Kaleb Templeton got things started with a one-out walk. He would later score on a fielder’s choice, putting Moravia down 4-2 while coming down to their last out. A wild pitch would score Bryce Kaster from third to make it a one-run game while Arbogast would advance to third.

Arbogast would then get a signature senior moment. With two strikes on Matthew Seals, Arbogast would take a suicide lead before taking off for home on the pitch. The pitch was in the dirt but Seals swung and missed causing a dropped third strike. Arbogast would slide headfirst into home while the throw to first was too late as Moravia came all the way back from three down in the seventh to tie the game.

Wil Martin’s strikeout would strand the winning run on third, sending this game to extras. Arbogast, working his eighth inning, got out of a bases-loaded jam with a fly out to center to end the top half of the inning.

Ethan Martin, who was playing in just his second game this season, started the inning off with a single for Moravia. Hanes followed that up with a sacrifice bunt to move Ethan Martin to second. A walk to Templeton would then bring Butz back up to the plate with the outfield playing shallow to give them a chance to throw home on a base hit.

Butz doesn’t hit soft liners too often and would make Lynnville-Sully pay for playing shallow as he belted one over the centerfielder’s head to for a walk-off double as Moravia took the game 5-4.

The Mohawks only registered three hits on the night and Butz was responsible for two of them as he went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Moravia (16-10) play their regular season finale at home on Tuesday at 6 p.m. against Cardinal (13-8).

Colin Peters is a sports reporter for the Daily Iowegian. He can be reached at or by calling the newsroom at 641-856-6336. Follow him on Twitter @ColinPetersDI.


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Colin Peters has been a sports writer at the Daily Iowegian since May 2017