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Local Sports

Lynnville-Sully baseball claims win in district opener

SULLY — Lynnville-Sully’s Hawks put out a seventh-inning rally by Montezuma’s Braves to secure a 4-3 victory and advance in Class 1A District 12 baseball action.

The win came Tuesday on the Hawks’ home field between the two South Iowa Cedar League teams. In the early game of the district doubleheader hosted by Lynnville-Sully, another SICL team, North Mahaska, pulled out a 1-0 win over Twin Cedars.

Lynnville-Sully (10-12) will play Ankeny Christian Academy (17-8) in a District 12 semifinal at 5 p.m. Thursday at St. Marys. Class 1A sixth-ranked Martensdale-St. Marys won its district opener 12-0 against Baxter in five innings on Tuesday.

Martensdale-St. Marys is hosting the District 12 semifinal doubleheader on Thursday. It plays North Mahaska at 7 p.m. The District 12 championship game also is scheduled to be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in St. Marys.

The Hawks got on the scoreboard first on Tuesday with a run in the third inning. Montezuma tied it at 1-all with a run in the fourth.

Lynnville-Sully plated two runs in the fifth to take a 3-1 lead then tacked on an insurance run in the sixth. The Braves were able to score twice in the seventh before the Hawks shut the door.

Senior Elijah Collins pitched two scoreless innings in relief of starter Evan Squires, a junior, and got the win. Collins walked three batters and struck out three.

Squires worked four innings, but came out when his pitch count got to 67. He allowed one run on three hits and two walks. He struck out one.

Sophomore Bray Noun Harder closed it out on the mound for the Hawks. Pitching in the seventh, Noun Harder gave up two runs on two hits but struck out the side to end the threat.

Senior Corbin James hit a single and a double to lead the Hawk offense. Sophomore Blaize Kuhlmann had two singles. Seniors Carson Dunsbergen and Cody Gibbs and Noun Harder each had a single. Dunsbergen was credited with two stolen bases.

Contact Jocelyn Sheets at
641-792-3121 ext. 6535
or jsheets@newtondailynews.com

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