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LS baseball says goodbye to rival Montezuma in regional semifinals – Newton Daily News

SULLY — There were no secrets between Southern Iowa Cedar League rivals Lynnville-Sully and Montezuma on Tuesday.

The Class 1A No. 5 Hawks held a two-game lead over the Braves in the regular season, but head coach Scott Alberts made sure his team swept those matchups behind them.

Although the postseason competition reached a completely different level, the results on the field in the 1A Region 13 semi-final match were similar to the first two matches.

As a result, the Lynnville-Sully baseball team won 10-0 in five innings.

“My message to them was the previous two games didn’t matter,” Alberts said. “We didn’t take this game lightly. They only scored 18 points against Wayne on Saturday. We knew they were going to come in with a lot of confidence.”

Lannon Montgomery

The win sends the Hawks to the district championship game, where they will host SICL opponent North Mahaska in Sully on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Warhawks advanced after a 3-2 victory over the host Twin Cedars.

The Falcons managed to destroy Montezuma’s confidence early in the game by scoring two points in the first half and six more in the second half.

For Lucas Sieck, Carson Maston and Jack Bowlin, it was more than enough run support for a combined four hits.

The Hawks (24-3) improved to 21-0 against 1A programs this season. They are outscoring those opponents 238-46.

It was Lynnville-Sully’s sixth win overall, outscoring opponents 71-8 in the process, including three shutouts.

“You’ve got to come out and swing the ball, make good shots and play good defense, and I think our kids did that tonight,” Alberts said. “They felt comfortable, free and in control.”

Corder Noun Harder, who leads the state with a . 587 batting average, started with a walk in the bottom of the first inning. He stole second and third before scoring on C.J. Nikkel’s RBI groundout.

Lannon Montgomery doubled with two out, moved to third on a balk and scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0.

Davis Utech

Montgomery finished with two hits, a double, a run scored and an RBI in the win. She leads the Hawks with 33 RBIs.

“I was struggling a little bit coming into the postseason, so hitting feels good,” Montgomery said. “I had two hits on Saturday and two more today. My confidence is back. I feel good hitting.”

Lynnville-Sully sent 12 batters to the plate in the second. Jaiden Richards was hit in the helmet by a pitch to open the frame. He advanced to second on an error and then advanced to third on Terran Gosselin’s bunt single.

Gosselink stole second to move into scoring position. Davis Utech scored with an RBI infield single to score Richards, and Blake Van Wyk’s RBI groundout made it 4–0.

Noun Harder was intentionally walked after that and replaced on the bases by Bowlin. After Nikkel was hit by a pitch, Maston hit a three-run double with the bases loaded into the gap in right-center field.

Montgomery capped the scoring with an RBI single.

“Once we got the numbers on the board, we just kept building on that,” Utech said. “I think this team is really good at treating every game the same. This team is completely different than the last time we saw them. Same guys, but this is postseason baseball. But I felt really good going into this game.”

Nikkel drew a walk with two out in the third inning, stole second base, went to third on a balk and then scored on Maston’s RBI ground ball to third.

Lucas Sieck

Gosselink walked with two out in the fourth inning, took second on a fly ball and then scored on Utech’s RBI single.

Utech finished with two hits and two RBIs, Maston doubled and had four RBIs and Nikkel walked, scored two, had an RBI and stole a base and was hit by a pitch. Nikkel leads the Hawks with 22 walks.

Name Harder walked twice, stole two bases and scored a run, Gosselink had a hit, a walk, two runs scored and a steal and Richards had a hit, a home run and was hit by a pitch. Richards is the team’s all-time leading eight hitters this summer.

Noun Harder leads the LS with 40 homers, 24 stolen bases, 83 total bases and a .673 on-base percentage.

“It’s all about survival and moving forward,” Montgomery said. “We came out prepared and focused. We were ready to play.

“We really jumped on them in the second inning. We made the second adjustment in the order and were able to get a big lead.”

Sieck walked once and was hit by a pitch, Van Wyk had an RBI and Bowlin and Wyatt Mathis each scored a run.

Sieck (9-1) earned the pitching win after allowing no runs, two hits and one walk. He had seven strikeouts in three innings and lowered his earned run average to 1.53.

Jaiden Richards

Maston pitched 1 1/3 innings, striking out three and striking out two, lowering his ERA to 1.33.

Bowlin got the final two outs, but not before striking out two batters. He also had a strikeout and lowered his ERA to 1.95.

All three pitchers will be eligible to play in the regional championship game on Saturday.

“We’re going to keep everybody ready. You never know what’s going to happen before Saturday,” Alberts said. “We want to put ourselves in the best position possible to win ballgames.

“I felt like they had it under control from the beginning. It was good to see that.”

Garrett Watts had one of Montezuma’s four hits and took the loss in the inning. The Hawks extended their winning streak against the Braves (5-13) to seven games and have outscored them 35-5 this summer.

Lynnville-Sully is 2-0 against North Mahaska (12-14) this season. The Hawks are 10-0 and 10-1 in those games. They have 10 wins against the Warhawks.

“We just have to keep doing what we’re doing,” Utech said. “Coach tells us every day that he doesn’t care what color is on the other side of the jersey. We have to treat this as a postseason baseball game. I think we did that in the big games in the regular season. We have to keep doing that during our playoff run.”

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