A pair of wild games were played on the Indianola baseball field Tuesday evening, with the Indians and Black Raiders of Sioux City East splitting a doubleheader. In game one, the Indians found themselves down early 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning, but scored four in the bottom of the first to answer right back and take the lead. The Black Raiders would tie the score at four, but the Indians again answered with a five run inning to take a 9-4 lead going into the top of the 7th. Once again, the game was turned upside down with East scoring four more runs to make it 9-8, and had the tying run on third before Gabe Zwanziger came on in relief to get the last out for the Indians and seal the victory.
Game two was heard live on 94.3 KNIA, and saw plenty of baserunners but barely any hits. Overall, the Indians were trailing 4-1 going into the 7th inning despite giving up just one Black Raider hit. Patient at bats put East on the scoreboard though, as they drew 13 free passes down to first base, 9 walks, 3 HBP, and a catcher’s interference. The Indians scored in the first on a Tyce Johnson sacrifice fly, but had quiet bats until the bottom of the 7th, trailing by the three runs. With two outs, Seth Chittenden reached base on the third catcher’s interference call of the game, Quinn Vesey and Aiden Freshly hit back-to-back singles, and Tyce Johnson walked to score two runs and leave the tying run on third, before Kael Kolarik grounded out to 2nd base to end the contest. The split puts the Indians at 16-14 going into tonight’s doubleheader against Newton, which will be senior night.