Kee baseball team has season ended in extra-inning heartbreaker with fourth consecutive one-run loss to South Winn in Class 1A District semifinals

Rips a double, drives in a run ... Kee baseball senior catcher Dylan Walleser loads up to try and throw out a runner in the Hawks’ 3-2 Class 1A District 6 Tournament semifinals loss in eight innings at South Winneshiek Tuesday, July 16. In his final game for Kee, Walleser ripped a double to join his brother, Josh Walleser, in each driving in a run for the Hawks. Photo by Macie Hill. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

Matching up for a fifth time this season with the fellow Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) squad, South Winneshiek, that had accounted for half of its losses during the regular season - including a trio of single-run defeats in each of their three latest battles on the ballfield, the Kee baseball team was looking to reverse that sweeping trend in its Class 1A District 6 semifinals contest with the Warriors Tuesday, July 16 at the home of that only team to defeat the Hawks in UIC play this season. Through five-and-a-half innings, the baseball Hawks looked to be on their way to finally reversing their Warrior fortune, holding a 2-0 lead over South Winn, but the Warriors managed a two-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game and then pulled off some extra-inning magic to, once again, escape from the Hawks by a fourth consecutive single-run result, ending Kee’s baseball season with a 3-2 defeat in eight innings.

The loss wraps up the Hawks’ 2019 campaign with a 24-9 season record that includes a 10-2 mark in Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) play that placed the Hawks second in the final league standings behind this same South Winneshiek squad. With its victory over the Hawks, South Winneshiek advanced on to the Saturday, July 20 Class 1A District 6 Tournament championship game to defeat Wapsie Valley, 12-6, and advance even further down the postseason trail to play St. Ansgar in the Class 1A Substate 3 championship game scheduled for Tuesday, July 23 at Decorah for the right to play in the Class 1A State Tournament.

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