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Tritons stunned in finals

CEDAR RAPIDS — On the cusp of claiming the Region XI Tournament title here Sunday, the Iowa Central baseball team was denied by Kirkwood twice.

The Eagles earned a 8-3 victory to force a winner-take-all rematch at Mount Mercy, scoring four runs in the ninth and three more in the 10th to advance, 9-6.

Kirkwood will host the North Plains District Tournament next weekend for a chance to move into the NJCAA Div. II World Series.

After sweeping North Iowa Area at home last weekend in a best-of-three series, the Tritons opened play here on Friday with a win over Northeast. They stretched their postseason win streak to four with a win on Saturday over Kirkwood (40-20).

In the first game on Sunday, Brock Johnson and Jack Sievers each had three hits with Derek Kay hitting a solo home run. Ryan Wickman was 2-for-2 with four walks and a run scored while Max Holy and Kay also scored.

John Klein pitched eight-plus innings, striking out 12 with just one walk. Kai Reum added a pair of strikeouts to finish out the ninth.

Sievers was 3-for-5 with two runs scored in the second game while Devin Hurdle was 3-for-4 with a homer, double and two RBI. Ben Gallaher and Wickman each drove in a run.

On the mound, DeTaeye pitched six innings of one-hit ball, striking out 11.

Iowa Central finishes 35-23 for the season.

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