Sigourney Wins Tourney Battle

Cade Molyneux and the Sigourney Savages used their speed and aggressive play to edge out Iowa Valley in an upset bid on the Savages home field. Sigourney won in walkoff fashion, advancing in District play with a 6-5 win. Photo Courtesy: RD KEEP (MAP/NEW SHARON SUN)

Iowa’s Class 1A District 10 baseball tournament is the unofficial South Iowa Cedar League one-and-done season finale. All eight teams are members of the conference, which guarantees one SICL team will be in the substate final. Play got underway Saturday in Sigourney with a pair of games. In the opener North Mahaska out-hit English Valleys for a 9-3 win. In the nightcap, Sigourney rallied with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to outlast Iowa Valley, 6-5.

It was the third time the host Savages had faced Iowa Valley. Sigourney kept scoring only to see IV answer with runs. Sigourney led 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Iowa Valley tied the game with a run in the fifth. Sigourney again answered with a run and was clinging to a 4-3 edge entering the seventh.

Iowa Valley’s Evan Reuter bunted his way on as the inning leadoff hitter and stole second base. Noah Mumby walked and Ryan Becker singled to load the bases with no outs. Cael Hall flew out to score a run and tie the game. Crawford decided to intentionally walk Eli Slaymaker to load the bases. A flyout scored a go ahead run forcing the Savages to have to score twice for the win.

Hall came in to relieve IV starter Becker and faced three batters, hitting Mac Conrad, walking Peyton Schauf and yielding a single to Cade Molyneux to score Conrad. Schauf, who hit a two-run homer in the first inning, misread the pitcher and was caught trying to steal third base for the first out of the inning. Mumby came in to pitch and struck out Cade Streigle. Dustin Haines stepped in and drilled a ball into left centerfield and Molyneux was given the green light and dashed home for the wining run.

 

To read the full recap, including coach Crawford's comments, pick up this weeks' edition of the News-Review.