The six-seeded West Sioux Falcons scored five runs in the first two innings and went on to defeat the 3rd-seeded New Hampton Chickisaws 7-2 in a Class 2A quarterfinal Monday at Principal Park.
West Sioux got off to a fast start, scoring 3 runs in the top of the first inning on 2 hits, 2 walks, and a wild pitch. They got two on an inside the park from starting pitcher Hunter Dekkers, the fourth of the tournament, in the second inning and two in the fourth inning.
The seven runs were more than enough for Hunter Dekkers, the starter for New Hampton, who showed off his electric but inconsistent fastball by striking out the side in the first inning and firing 4 hitless innings with 5 walks.
New Hampton’s starter Keegan Kane entered the game giving up a total of 16 runs all season long, but gave up 5 in the first two innings before being pulled in the third inning. He finished with 6 runs allowed and 5 hits in three-plus innings. Mason Cleveland fired 3.1 hitless frames in relief to stop the bleeding, but it wasn't enough.
The Falcons (22-5) will move on to the quarterfinals and play the winner of the Van Meter and Underwood game.
The Chickasaws end their season at 28-10.