Junior Ryan Hageman slides into home during the first-round victory over North Fayette Valley Tuesday night. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Junior Ryan Hageman slides into home during the first-round victory over North Fayette Valley Tuesday night. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
The South Winn baseball team is on the verge of making history. 
The Warriors (33-1), ranked No. 8 in Class 2A, are one game away from punching a ticket to the state tournament, after defeating New Hampton (20-12) 7-4 Saturday night in the district final game.
Left standing in SW’s way is Eagle Grove. The Eagles (10-18) defeated Forest City (18-12) 12-0 in the other side of the district bracket.
The substate showdown, with the winner heading to state, is set for today, Tuesday, July 22, at 7 p.m. in Mason City.
The state tournament for Class 2A begins Monday, July 28, with the quarterfinal games at noon, 2, 6 and 8 p.m. The semifinal round is Thursday, July 31, at 6 and 8 p.m., with the championship game at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2.
South Winn is looking to make its first appearance in school history at the summer state tournament. In 2010, South Winn advanced to the substate round, falling to Columbus Catholic 6-3.
Eagle Grove finished second in 2001, won the Class 2A title in 2002 and also played in the 2003 tournament.

Prevailing
In their only other meeting of the season, the Warriors prevailed over the Chickasaws 17-10 in Calmar July 5.
Saturday night in New Hampton, the Warriors didn’t have the powerful offense, but they did pull out the 7-4 victory.
New Hampton got on the board first, scoring a run in the bottom of the first frame. However, the Warriors weren’t down long, scoring four in the second. New Hampton trimmed the lead to two at 4-2 after three innings. South Winn came back with two in the top of the fifth. New Hampton scored a run in the fifth and the sixth but couldn’t tie it.
The Warriors utilized eight hits to score seven runs. Jordan Rommes was 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored. Tyler Numedahl was also 2-for-3 with a run scored and two stolen bases. Ryan Hageman had a triple and drove in a run. Trevor Schweinefus, Andre Walz and Treyton Jacobsen all had a single.

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