July 22, 2013

Hibler, Roose lead NM to substate final

Warhawks face No. 2 Twin Cedars Tuesday


North Mahaska’s baseball team knew what they needed to do Saturday night in order to keep its state tournament trip hopes alive. 
A.J. Hibler threw five strong innings and Trent Roose came in and struck out four of the seven batters he faced to help the Warhawks to a 3-2 Class 1A District championship over Cardinal.
The victory will put the Warhawks into a substate final against No. 2-ranked Twin Cedars at Pella Christian Tuesday night. Game time is 7 p.m.
Both teams had gone eight inning games to reach the district final. North Mahaska was playing its third game at Montezuma in the past week and its fourth this season.
Hibler came up a game-opening single to his mound opposition Dakota Showman. Two ground balls and a flyout ended the challenge. With two outs in the bottom of the first, North Mahaska’s Zach Anderson earned a base on balls. Brock Pollpeter and Taylor Legvold each reached on an error. Legvold’s effort brought home Anderson for the early 1-0 lead.
Connor Hehli’s leadoff double in the fourth led to a score on a wild pitch. Hehli duplicated his effort with a double in the sixth, moved to third on a ground out then scored on another Comet error.
Hibler scattered three walks and five hits, two of the hits coming in the top of the sixth inning.
“The story of the game was A.J. Hibler,” said North Mahaska coach Kevin Kelderman. “We knew Trent could only pitch three innings. A.J. did a great job giving us five. We wanted to go as long as we could and hopefully we could use Trent.
“That was the key to the ball game, A.J. He threw well and Trent came in and did what Trent does.”

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