History made for Warriors; punch first ever trip to state with 11-1 victory
Battle with Roland-Story Monday at 2 p.m. in Des Moines
Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:32 AM
What a season for the Warrior nation faithful.
Tyler Numedahl slides in safely to second base. Numedahl had two hits Tuesday night, including the game-winning RBI single. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
For the first time in school history, the South Winn baseball team is headed to the state tournament.
The Warriors, who are 34-1, took care of business Tuesday night at Roosevelt Field in Mason City, defeating Eagle Grove (10-19) 11-1 in five innings in the Class 2A substate 4 final.
South Winn, ranked No. 8 in the final rankings, has earned the No. 4 seed at the state tournament. The Warriors will entertain No. 5 seed Roland-Story (26-12, ranked No. 5) in the first round of action Monday, July 28, at 2 p.m. at Principal Park in Des Moines. The winner will face the winner of No. 1 seed North Polk (29-5) and No. 8 seed Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto (19-10) in the semifinal round Thursday, July 31, at 6 p.m. The Class 2A finale is Saturday, Aug. 2, at 2 p.m. at Principal Park.
This is South Winn’s first trip to the state tournament. Roland-Story will be at state for the third time in school history. The Norsemen also competed on the big stage in 1992 and 2013. Last year they lost in the semifinals to eventual state champion Dyersville Beckman Catholic.
“I couldn’t be more proud of this team. Before the season began, I knew we had a chance to do something special, and the guys set some pretty high goals for themselves. They have worked extremely hard to get to this point, and I’m so happy that this group of kids is going to get the experience of playing in a state baseball tournament,” said Coach Ben Obermann.
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