(Truro) In a game that featured five lead changes, all in the final four innings of the game, Nodaway Valley’s baseball season came to an end with a 13-12 loss to Interstate-35.
The game tying and game winning run both scored on the same wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs to send Interstate-35 into the substate finals on Tuesday. The wild finish brought a unique end to a game that saw 20 hits and 25 runs. Nodaway Valley appeared in control early by scoring in each of their first four innings at the plate, but the Wolverines leading 6-0 in the bottom of the 4th inning, saw Interstate-35 erupt for seven runs on six hits and one Nodaway Valley error. The Roadrunners would add the narrow edge with another run in the 5th to lead it 8-6. From there the lead changed hands seemingly in every half inning. Nodaway Valley plated a four run 6th inning to lead 10-8 but was again answered by I-35 with three runs in the bottom of the inning to make it 11-10 heading to the top of the seventh. In that inning, the Wolverines were down to their final out, but a Trevor Jameson double scored Bailey Shantz and Zach Eblen to take a 12-11 lead to the bottom of the 7th. A hit, a walk, and a hit batter loaded the bases for I-35 in the bottom of 7th. Nodaway Valley was one out away from closing the game out, but a wild pitch scored two runners to end the game at 13-12 with Interstate-35 moving on.
Nodaway Valley ends their season at 13-14. Offensive highlights included Trevor Jameson going 3-3 with 2 intentional walks and 4 RBI. The Wolverine’s two seniors also came up big in the final games of their career. Ryan Williams and Aaron Baudler combined for four hits and 6 RBI’s. Interstate-35 with the win is now 15-11.
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