North Mahaska (24-8) had a chance to break the game open in the fifth when Roose and Anderson hit back-to-back singles. Pollpeter reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases. Taylor Legvold hit the ball to short and the Comets were able to turn the double to get out of the inning.
“The double play was obviously the key to stopping that rally,” said Kelderman. “I thought briefly about a squeeze. We had bases loaded and Taylor is a contact guy. The odds of turning two in high school baseball don’t happen very often, but they twisted it up the middle. But you hope you are in it the next day and we are.”
Showman took the mound loss, but helped himself with the bat going 3-for-3 including a double.
Hibler felt the play behind him aided in his ability to work the planned five innings.
“Game plan was to get as many people out as we could and let the team do the rest,” said Hibler. “If I could get through five innings then let Trent do the rest.
“I always have good defense. Everybody backs you up. You have to do what you have to do, and let them do what they have to do.”
Kelderman said his team certainly had an advantage playing the game in Montezuma.
“We are comfortable here,” said Kelderman. “It is a conference diamond and we have played pretty well here over the years. I think that was an advantage for us and we played pretty well tonight.
“We scored some runs on some really weird plays. It wasn’t that we hit the ball really hard. You just take what you can get.”
North Mahaska 3, Cardinal 2
C 001 001 0 — 2 7 3
NM 100 101 x — 3 4 0
North Mahaska battery — Trent Roose (W, 1.2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 4 K) A.J. Hibler (5.1 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 3 BB, 4 K) Taylor Legvold.
2B — Connor Hehli 2.
Hits — Roose 1-for-3, Zach Anderson 1-for-1, Hehli 2-for-2. Runs — Hehli 2, Anderson. RBI — Tye Burch.