NEW SHARON — Long-time rivals from the old Des Moines River Conference renewed their rivalry Saturday afternoon on the North Mahaska diamond and it was the Warhawks that prevailed 7-2. The key to the win for N-M was a five-run first inning and dominating pitching by freshman hurler Braden Steel.
That fast start came by way of a five-run first inning, which was the margin of victory. Dylan Klinker led off with a base hit through the middle and then Ty Kelderman, Sam Terpstra and Jayden Stout each coaxed a base on balls from Saber pitcher, Zach Peterson. Stout’s walk was good for an RBI. Designated hitter, Duke Dodge reached on an error to score the second run and then a ground out by Logan Shipley plated another. Grant Smith finished the inning by ripping a single to right to send two runs home.
Once past the first inning, Peterson and Steel settled into a good old fashioned pitching duel. The Sabers did touch Steel for harmless runs in the first when Kade Dunkin singled and scored on a double by Devin Arkema and in the fourth following an Arkema triple, a fielder’s choice and a single by Dallas Clark.
The Warhawks finished the scoring with a pair of runs in the sixth inning. Shipley and Smith opened the inning with base hits and after one out, Klinker singled to send pinch-runner, Jaydyn Steil home. Smith then scored on a ground out by Blake Readshaw.
Steel was impressive on the hill as he allowed six hits, two runs, walked one and fanned eight. Another freshman, Nash Smith, came on to get the final two outs by strikeouts.
“The emphasis for the game was to get an early jump on them,” North Mahaska coach Kevin Kelderman said. “And a pair of freshmen did an outstanding job on the mound. The key for Braden was to throw strikes and let his defense work behind him. He had only one walk and we did not have an error on defense. It has been a good week, with wins over Lynnville-Sully, Montezuma and now Twin Cedars.”
Klinker and Smith led the Warhawk offense with a pair of hits apiece. Arkema led the Sabers with a double and a triple and Jace Nichols added a pair of singles.
The Warhawks will be back in action Monday when they host BGM and on Thursday they tangle with Belle Plaine.
Twin Cedars 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 — 2 7 1
North Mahaska 5 0 0 0 0 2 X — 7 8 0
North Mahaska Battery – Braden Steel (WP), 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, Nash Smith .2 IP, 1 H, 0 R 0 BB 2 K and Dylan Klinker.
North Mahaska hitting: Klinker 2-for-4, Blake Readshaw 1-for-4, Duke Dodge 1-for-3, Logan Shipley 1-for-3, Grant Smith 2-for-3, Mathew Goemaat 1-for-3.
North Mahaska runs: Klinker 1, Ty Kelderman 1, Sam Terpstra 1, Jayden Stout 1, Dodge 1, Jayden Stiel 1, G. Smith 1.
North Mahaska RBI: Klinker 1, Readshaw 1, Stout 1, Duke 1, G. Smith 2, Shipley 1.