NIACC falls to Iowa Central, 12-11

Ezequias Encarnacion approaches home plate after hitting a 3-run home run in the fifth inning Saturday against Iowa Central.
Ezequias Encarnacion approaches home plate after hitting a 3-run home run in the fifth inning Saturday against Iowa Central.

WATERLOO - The NIACC baseball team dropped a 12-11 decision to Iowa Central Saturday night in the NJCAA Region XI tournament.

Nick Boys plated Nolan Monthei with a walk-off single to right field with no outs in the ninth inning for the Tritons.

Iowa Central (35-16) advances to Sunday's regional title game at 3:30 p.m. The Tritons will face either NIACC or Southeastern in the championship game.

NIACC (39-18) faces Southeastern at noon on Sunday in an elimination game.

Steven Calderon was 3 for 5 with three home runs and 8 RBIs to lead the Iowa Central offense. Junior Aracena also hit two home runs for the Tritons and Kyle Snuttjer hit a home run.

NIACC received a 2-run home run from Ben Komonsky, a 3-run home run and a 2-run home run from Brandon Michie.

Iowa Central jumped out to a 6-0 lead after three innings. NIACC cut the lead to 6-2 with Komonsky's home run in the fourth inning.

Iowa Central made it 9-2 in its half the fourth inning, but NIACC plated six runs in the fifth inning to make it 9-8.

Iowa Central pushed the lead to 11-8 with two runs in the seventh inning. NIACC tied it at 11-11 in the top of the eighth inning with three runs, including Michie's 2-run blast.

NIACC loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning but could not gain the lead.

Thursday's results

Ellsworth 8, Iowa Lakes 5 (elimination game)

Kirkwood 10, DMACC 5

Southeastern 6, Ellsworth 4

Friday's results

DMACC 9, Ellsworth 5

 NIACC 13, Southeastern 5 (8)

Iowa Central 3, Kirkwood 2

Saturday's games

Southeastern 8, DMACC 0

Southeastern 10, Kirkwood 0 (5 innings)

Iowa Central 12, NIACC 11

Sunday's games

Noon - Southeastern vs. NIACC

3:30 p.m. - Iowa Central vs. Southeastern/NIACC winner (regional title game)

Monday's game

11 a.m. - Second regional title game, if necessary

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