Decorah Head Coach Dennis Olejniczak (R) instructs pinch runner Andy Sikkink on the situation. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Decorah Head Coach Dennis Olejniczak (R) instructs pinch runner Andy Sikkink on the situation. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
It looked as though the Go-Hawk curse had been stopped, but like a broken record, Decorah baseball fans saw a familiar tale play out Monday night in Waverly during the Class 3A district final.
After climbing back to take the lead in the top of the seventh inning, the Vikings saw their season evaporate as Class 3A No. 1 Waverly-Shell Rock came from behind to win 10-9.
It was the fourth time this season the Vikings have succumbed to the Go-Hawks in the seventh inning after leading in the final frame.
Decorah ends the season 22-11. Waverly-Shell Rock (34-2) battled West Delaware Manchester (31-6) Wednesday night in the substate finale, with the winner going to state.

Same story, different night
Decorah fans were treated to a thrilling night of comeback ball Monday.
After a scoreless two innings, the Go-Hawks struck first in the third inning, scoring two runs on two errors, a fielder’s choice and a single.
The Vikings got one run back in the top of the fourth. Following a double play that wiped out one Decorah base runner, Austin Ashbacher walked, and Dustin Cary was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jake Hovden scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-1.

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