SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - North Union hurlers Sawyer Doocy and Brandon Kollasch combined to pitch six innings of one-hit baseball to help the Warriors cruise past the Sioux Central Rebels 10-0 in a six-inning victory in the Iowa Class 2A, District 2 semifinals on Tuesday in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
The Warriors (25-8) advance to face Spirit Lake - a 17-5, five-inning winner over Emmetsburg - at 7 p.m. Saturday in the district final in Spirit Lake.
Sioux Central finished its season with a 6-24 record.
BY A CLEAT — North Union runner Jake Govern (left) nearly beats the force-out at third base by Sioux Central third baseman Kash Buse, who fires across the diamond in an attempt for a double play during Iowa Class 2A, District 2 semifinal baseball playoff action Tuesday in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Govern went on to deliver the game-ending RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)
While Doocy held the Rebels off the base paths, the Warrior bats were quick to produce in the opening inning.
Doocy walked, with courtesy runner Trent Pederson racing to score on Spencer Ricke's double to center.
Garrett Johnson then was hit by pitch, putting runners on first and second, before Alex Deitering drew a walk to load the bases.
Kollasch then delivered a scorching two-run hit to left to score Ricke and Johnson to take the 3-0 lead.
"I thought that we came out big right away in the first inning, getting a couple two-out hits to score some runs early," said North Union head coach Chad Slagle.
The Warriors' Jake Adams, who went 1-for-3 with two runs scored, reached on an error to start a four-run fourth.
Colin Runksmeier pounded a double to left to score Adams, before scoring on Doocy's first hit of the game.
Ricke, who went 1-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI, then reached on an error, moving courtesy runner Pederson to second.
Johnson then delivered an RBI single to right, scoring Pederson and moving Ricke to third.
Ricke motored home on a passed ball to complete the two-out rally.
Defensively, Doocy held the Rebels hitless until the sixth inning, when he gave up the only hit of the game to Franky Perkins.
"Doocy wasn't sharp today, he had a lot of high counts and fell behind, but he still had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning," said Slagle. "The defense was making the plays that it needed to, to back him up and he pitched well enough to get the win."
Doocy exited the mound, having pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing just one hit, striking out 11 and walking four to earn the win. Kollasch came in and got the final two outs.
Kollasch struck one of the two batters he faced in relief.
"We know that defense will win us games, especially against the better teams. We can play better than we did today, but we got out of here with a win," said Slagle.
The Warrior offense then added a pair of runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to clinch the six-inning victory.
Jake Govern started the scoring rally in the fifth inning, leading off and getting hit by a pitch.
Adams then followed by hitting a single, before Cody Runksmeier grounded into a fielder's choice to force Govern out.
An error allowed Colin Runksmeier to reach first, scoring Adams and moving Cody Runksmeier to second.
A walk to Doocy loaded the bases and Cody Runksmeier sprinted home on a passed ball.
Pederson, who scored three of North Union's runs, then crossed the plate for the winning run in the sixth.
After Kollasch reached on an error, Pederson dawned the helmet for the running duties. Pederson swiped second to set up a potential game-winning run opportunity.
Govern then lined a hard hit to left, allowing Pederson to wheel all the way home for the 10-0 win.
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Tim Saunders (LP), Evan Balder (4) and Franky Perkins. Sawyer Doocy (WP), Brandon Kollasch (6) and Jake Adams.
LOB-SC 5; NU 8. 2B-Spencer Ricke (NU) and Colin Runksmeier (NU).