(Avoca) Coming up Thursday night on KSOM 21-3 Exira-EHK will lock horns with 23-8 Logan-Magnolia for a spot in the district finals.
Exira-EHK comes in as the Rolling Valley Conference champion. The Spartans have won 16 of their last 17 games. Logan-Magnolia placed third in their first year in the Western Iowa Conference. Of the Panthers eight total losses, six of them have been by just one or two runs.
Exira-EHK avenged a regular season loss to Griswold with an 8-1 win over the Tigers in the first round of district play. Zach Kliefoth belted two home runs Tyler Jacobsen struck out nine batters to get the Spartans’ postseason off to a good start. Logan-Magnolia had to rally back in their 8-4 win over AHST Tuesday night. The Panthers trailed 4-3 with two out in the 6th, but rallied for five runs to advance.
Logan-Magnolia will likely give the ball to the teams only senior, Brett Greenwood, tonight. Greenwood is 3-2 with a 1.84 ERA. In the three games he has won his strikeout totals are 10, 12, and 16.
Exira-EHK is expected to counter with Zach Kliefoth. Kliefoth comes in with an ERA of .86. Kliefoth is 7-0 with an average of over 11 strikeouts per game.
Pregame coverage begins at 6:45 with the first pitch at 7:00p.m. The winner plays either Underwood or West Harrison on Saturday.