Decorah’s Jake Hovden makes contact with a pitch in a recent game and sends it on a ride. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
The Decorah baseball team (22-8, 13-5 NEIC) finished the conference season strong Friday night, defeating Charles City (5-22, 1-17 NEIC) in a double header on the road.
With the wins, Decorah takes third in the conference race, with Waverly-Shell Rock winning the title.
A run in the seventh gave Decorah a 2-1 win in game one Friday. In the first inning, Decorah's Collin Nimrod started the game with a walk. With two outs, Josey Jewell was hit by a pitch. With James Ostlie at bat, the senior lined a single up the middle to score a run.
Charles City came back in the fourth, scoring after an error.
In the seventh, Brady Dawley entered as a pitch hitter, garnering a walk. Bryce Pierce re-entered the game as the runner. Pierce was moved to second on a Gavin Nimrod sacrifice. On the play, the pitcher made a bad throw to first, allowing G. Nimrod to be safe and both runners to advance 90 feet. After an out, Jacob Kvale hit a sacrifice fly to score Pierce.
Kyle Kane, the starting pitcher, then set the Comets down in order.
Decorah managed just five hits. Ostlie had two of those and an RBI. Jewell had two hits while G. Nimrod had a double.
Kane went all seven innings. He didn't give up an earned run and struck out six while giving up two hits.
"Kyle pitched a very solid high school baseball game," said Coach Dennis Olejniczak. "In six of the seven innings, he retired the batters in order. Had we not errored in the fourth inning, he would have only pitched one over the minimum. And we played good defense around him except for that one error.
"We really had to scrape and scrap and stay together in the first game because it was a case that we didn't do a good job of getting runners in when we got them on in the first game," said Olejniczak.
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