Pella Christian 6, I-35 3
CENTERVILLE — The Eagles were staring down their final three outs of the season on Tuesday in their district semifinals game against I-35. But a late rally would push Pella Christian past the Roadrunners and to the district finals.
PC led 2-0 going into the bottom of the third before a three-run inning by I-35 put PC behind the eight-ball for the next several innings.
Enter the seventh inning as Caleb Belzer got it started by reaching on an error. Belzer along with Micah DeHaan would later score on another I-35 throwing error to put PC in front. Sacrifice flies by Kyle Branderhorst and Elliott Menninga would give the Eagles some breathing room as they looked to close it out in the bottom of the inning.
The Roadrunners were able to bring the tying run to the plate before Trevor Veenstra turned off the lights with a game-ending strikeout to give the Eagles the win.
DeHaan scored the win after pitching 6 2/3 innings with five punch outs.
Pella Christian (11-21) will head back to Indian Hills on Saturday at 7 p.m. to take on Centerville (17-14) for the district title.
Pella 10, ADM 6
ADEL — The Dutch picked up their 20th win of the season for the first time since 2017 on Tuesday with a comeback win over ADM.
Pella fell behind 4-1 after the first inning and were able to pull within one twice before scoring six unanswered runs in the final two innings.
Aidan Pollock, Jason Knox, Cole Hillman and Ryan Mace combined for nine of the Dutch’s 10 hits and all six RBIs. Tate Weesner secured the win in relief while Mace got the save after pitching two scoreless innings late with four strikeouts.
Pella (20-15) will now prepare for their substate quarterfinal matchup against Bondurant-Farrar (13-14) at home on Friday at 7 p.m.
No. 4 (4A) Dowling Catholic 5, Knoxville 0
KNOXVILLE — The Panthers held their own against one of the title contenders in 4A in the Dowling Maroons but the bats were held silent on Tuesday.
Knoxville avoided giving up the big inning as Maroons scored single runs in the first, third, fourth, five and sixth innings. The Panthers were held to three hits on the night.
With the postseason just around the corner, Knoxville used five different pitchers on the night to keep pitch counts low with Mike Hudson, Jaxon Zuck, Dakota Ramsey, Trenton Kingrey and Niko Lacona all seeing time on the bump.
Knoxville 11, Saydel 8
DES MOINES — The Panthers wrapped up regular season play on Wednesday on the road and were able to leave with a win to enter the postseason with a .500 record.
Knoxville trailed 8-2 heading to the fourth inning where they would rally to take the lead with seven runs coming around to score to put the Panthers ahead 9-8. They would score two more runs in the fifth before Saydel would look for the late comeback. The Eagles had tied the game at 11 in the bottom of the seventh with the winning run on second before the rain came and washed out the game. By rule, the result goes back to the last completed inning which was the sixth where Knoxville still led 11-8. Therefor, the Panthers left town with the win.
Knoxville (18-18) travels to Carlisle (15-19) on Friday at 7 p.m. for the substate quarterfinals.
*Knoxville stats were not available at time of print