Reivers Sweep Region XI, Host Northern District for Chance to JUCO World Series

Reivers Sweep Region XI, Host Northern District for Chance to JUCO World Series

The Iowa Western baseball program does the unthinkable and finishes 27-0 in ICCAC to advance to the Northern District Tournament.


The Reivers opened up tournament play with a 9-1 (7-inning) victory over the #4 seeded Southwestern Spartans.  RS/FR Jayden Kruse (North Platte, NE) got the nod as he threw 6 innings allowing 1 run on 2 hits while striking out 8 before handing the ball off to Isaiah Peterson (FR, Lincoln, NE) who threw the final inning sending 2 back to the dugout.  Offensively, Brandon Bena (SO, Omaha, NE) went 4-4 with a 2B, a HR, 4 RBIs, and 2 Runs scored.  Freshman Ronald Sweeny III (Woodbury, MN) also added 2 hits in 3 plate appearances knocking in 2.


In the Championship Semis, Iowa Western took out the #3 seeded Marshalltown Tigers by a score of 11-1 (5-innings).  Sophomore Indigo Diaz (Vancouver, BC, Can) went the distance spreading 3 hits across his 5 innings of work sending 7 Tigers back to the bench.  Sophomore Tanner Holen (Manhattan, KS) went 2-3 with a 2B, RBI, and Run Scored while Ryan Sullivan went 1-2 with a 3 RBI 2B and 2 BBs, adding 2 Runs of his own.  Hagen Holmstead (SO, American Fork, UT) and Tyler Reichenborn (SO, Brooklyn Park, MN) both added 2 hits in 3 appearances as well.


Iowa Western squared off against the #2 seeded Falcons of Indian Hills in the Championship Game where the Reivers walked away with the Hardware in a 6-1 victory.  Redshirt-Sophomore Sean Chandler (Bellevue, NE) was absolutely dominant in 8 innings of work.  Chandler allowed just 3 hitters on base while striking out 14 in the process.  Keaton Winn (SO, Ollie, IA) came in for the 9th and shut the door on the Falcons in 4 hitters.  Kobe Hyland (SO, Spruce Grove, ALB, Can) lead the offense with 2 Hits, 2 Runs, and 2 RBIs.


Iowa Western will host Wabash Valley, Olney Central, and Triton College in the Northern District Tournament for their chance to punch a ticket to Grand Junction, CO for the JUCO World Series.  The Games will be played at Doc Ross Field on the Campus of Iowa Western starting Friday May 18th.