CARROLL - The Southeast Valley baseball squad was caught from behind in a Class 2A substate final here Tuesday, as Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto rallied from a 4-1 deficit to post a 5-4 victory and advance to the state tournament.
The Jaguars bow out with a 21-7 overall record in their first year as a consolidated program, joining Prairie Valley and Southeast Webster-Grand together. The Rams advance to Principal Park in Des Moines at 19-10.
"What we told the guys after the game was it's going to hurt tonight and tomorrow, but in a day or two, you're going to wake up and realize that you brought two 1A schools together and put a winning product on the field," said SEV co-head coach Brad Anderson. "I'm really proud of our kids."
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the third, Southeast Valley plated a pair of runs on a double by sophomore Cade King. The hit eventually brought both sophomore Cameron Anderson and King home on errors.
An RBI double by freshman Dakota Jaeschke made it 3-1, and King plated Jaeschke with a sacrifice fly to extend the Jaguar advantage.
"Jaeschke had three over-the-shoulder foul ball catches at third base that were just amazing," Anderson said.
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Korey Kuhlmann and Derrik Kerns; Curt Castenson, Andrew Dorage (5) and Clayton Taylor.
2B-MV-A-O: Kuhlmann; SEV: Dorage, Dakota Jaeschke.
A two-run error and a double knotted the score, though, and the game-winning run was scored on a sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth.
Sophomore Andrew Dorage (7-1) took the loss in relief of senior Curt Castenson.
"We return (all our starters) but Castenson and (Clayton) Taylor our No. 3 and 4 hitters," said Anderson. "We've already talked to the kids about filling in spots for next year."
The co-Twin Lakes Concerence champions had beaten Sioux Central and St. Edmond to capture the district championship. Last night's setback snapped a seven-game winning streak for Southeast Valley, which loses seniors Castenson, Taylor, Nick Montgomery, Joe Phipps and Nate Heisterman to graduation.
"Our future is bright," Anderson said. "The fan support we got this season from all the towns was amazing."