It will be Western Christian and Sioux Center meeting for the Class 2A District 1 Baseball title following the semi finals Tuesday night in Sioux Center. In the first game of the night Western downed Unity Christian 18-6 while the other semifinal saw the host team Warriors get by Hartley Melvin Sanborn on a 5-4 final.
In the opener Western plated 6 runs in the top of the fifth inning as they broke open what had been a game tied at 5-5. The Wolfpack would tack on four more runs in each of the final innings to advance to Saturday’s District Championship.
Colton Van Otterloo led the offence as he went 3-for4 with a walk and four runs scored. Grant Kobza drove in a pair of runs for Unity in his first two at bats.
Tyler Van Engen went the first six innings for the win giving up 8 hits. He struck out 2 and walked 1. Cody Gradert went the first four innings before turning it over to Alex Schoonhoven who finished the fifth inning.
With the win Western improves to 17-9 while Unity ends the season at 8-23.
In the second game of the night HMS took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second only to see Sioux Center score three in the top of the third to go in front 3-1. a run in the fourth made it 4-1 before HMS answered with a run in the bottom of the fourth to make it 4-2. the Hawks put two more across in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 4-4 after five innings.
The Warriors scored the game winner with two out in the top of the seventh inning. After a pair of strike outs to start the inning. Christian Rozeboom took one to the gap in right center that rolled to the fence in the deepest part of the park and turned into an inside the park home run.
Rozeboom then took the mound and struck out the first batter before giving up a single. A ground ball to short was then turned into a game ending double play and Sioux Center had the win 5-4.
Kyle Heemstra went the first four and a third to get the win. he gave up just 1 hit, stuck out 2 and walked two. Jordan Japenga left in the third inning with the Hawks down 3-1.
With the win Sioux Center improves to 16-12 while HMS ends the year at 7-18.
Sioux Center and Western Christian will meet for the 2A District 1 title on Saturday with first pitch at 7pm.