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Iowa, Dexter stay alive in regional tournament action

FARMINGTON – Committing eight errors when a team is one loss away from elimination can spell disaster. This is exactly what happened to Missouri Valley on Saturday when Iowa eliminated them from the Midwest Plains Regional tournament with an 8-1 victory.

Disaster came for Missouri Valley in the bottom of the second inning when Iowa’s Jeremy Kuntz reached base due to a throwing error and Brandon Harrison quickly singled to center field. The center fielder mishandled the hit as Iowa had runners on second and third. Brandon Dimmitt hit a ground ball to second base, but the ball was fumbled as Kuntz scored.

Michael Porter laid down a bunt, but the throw to first went wild as Harrison and Dimmitt both scored and Porter easily moved to third. Cameron Rinaberger hit a RBI ground ball to third base for a 4-0 lead.

The scoring continued in the bottom of the third frame. After a walk, Kuntz drilled a double to center field. A wild pitch added another tally and a RBI ground ball by Dimmitt gave Iowa a six-run advantage.

Missouri Valley got on board in the fifth inning. After a pair of hit batsmen, Matt Ivy connected for a RBI single to left field. However, Missouri left the bases full.

Iowa added a couple more runs in the sixth. Porter singled and Rinaberger followed with singles to center field, but the ball was mishandled as Porter crossed home plate. A two-base throwing error scored Iowa’s last run of the contest.

Iowa will take on Kansas today at 1 p.m.

Missouri Valley – 000 010 0 – 1 5 8

Iowa – 042 002 x – 8 6 0

WP – Harrison 4i 2h 0r 1bb 1k.

LP – Crowley 6i 6h 8h 3er 3bb 2k.

Hitting:

MO Valley – Acevedo, Ivy, Shelton, Swearingen, Kaiser.

Iowa – Rinaberger 2, Martin, Kuntz, Harrison, Porter. 2b – Kuntz.

Dexter (MO) 11, Delta (CO) 10

Dexter, Missouri thought the game was theirs after obtaining a nine-run lead after the fourth inning against the Colorado state champions, but Delta mounted a tremendous rally to tie the game before eventually falling 11-10.

Missouri got on the board in the bottom of the first inning. Alex Rigazio blasted the first pitch thrown for a double to center field and Scott Droddy crushed a RBI triple to right field for a 1-0 lead.

Missouri added on to their lead in the second. Thomas Espey reached base on a dropped infield fly and Josh Stevens singled to right field. The ball was fumbled as Espey scored and Stevens tried to go to third. The throw went over everyone’s head and out of the park as the home umpire granted Stevens home plate.

Singles by Eric Windham and Rigazio and a walk loaded the bases with two outs. Kyle Cox connected for a two-RBI double to center field and Drew Pixley came through with a two-RBI single down the right-field line as Missouri led 7-0.

Colorado got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning. A walk and a single by Ricky Kendrick placed two runners on base with two outs. A fly ball between the second baseman and the center fielder was fumbled as one run scored to narrow the deficit.

The bottom of the fourth inning kicked off with three consecutive doubles by Adam Ivie, Droddy, and Cox for a 9-1 contest. A perfect bunt by Pixley and a walk jammed the bases when a wild pitch added another tally for Missouri.

Colorado continued to fight back in the fifth. Doubles by Brenton Hines, Preston Boyd, Luke Oeltjenbruns, and a single by Brandon Keller scored three runs. After a walk, Joe Sutliff singled to score another run. Ricky Kendrick singled and a double by Cody Suckow added two more runs.

Hines came through with a RBI single to right field, but the ball was mishandled by the right fielder as another run crossed the plate for a 10-9 game. After an infield error, a ground ball by Boyd scored Hines to tie the game.

Missouri managed to regain the lead in the sixth. After Pixley was walked and stole a base, a mishandled strikeout pitch moved Pixley to third. Stevens connected for a RBI single to knock in what would eventually be the game winning run.

Missouri will play again today at 6 p.m.

Colorado – 000 190 0 – 10 12 4

Missouri – 160 301 x – 11 12 3

WP – Stevens 2 2/3i 1h 1bb 4k. LP – Oeltjebruns 2i 1h 3k 1bb.

Hitting:

Colorado – Hines 3, Kendrick 2, Keller, Boyd, Oeltjebruns, Schmalz, Sutliff, Osborn, Suckow. 2b – Hines, Suckow, Oeltjebruns, Boyd.

Missouri – Rigazio 2, Droddy 2, Cox 2, Pixley 2, Stevens 2, Ivie, Windham. 2b – Cox 2, Rigazio, Ivie, Droddy. 3b – Droddy.

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