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Pitch count violation takes away Colfax-Mingo’s share of SICL title

Published: Wednesday, July 5, 2017 10:41 a.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, July 5, 2017 11:12 a.m. CST
(Troy Hyde/Jasper County Tribune)
Colfax-Mingo junior Jarod Nichols dives back to first base during a South Iowa Cedar League game against North Mahaska on June 28.
(Troy Hyde/Jasper County Tribune)
Colfax-Mingo junior Jonathan Jacobs struck out 11 against North Mahaska on June 28. He also earned the save against BGM on June 27.

A violation to the state’s mandated new pitching count policy forced the Colfax-Mingo baseball team to forfeit its June 28 win over North Mahaska.

The Tigerhawks won the game 9-1 and the win would have clinched a share of the South Iowa Cedar League title. Instead, Colfax-Mingo finishes one game back of Lynnville-Sully in the final standings because junior Jonathan Jacobs threw too many pitches over a two-day period.

Jacobs threw 18 pitches to get the save in a win over BGM on June 27. He then came back to toss 106 pitches in the complete-game win over North Mahaska on June 28.

That two-day total of 124 violates the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s new policy, which states that a player may not throw more than 110 pitches over the course of two consecutive days.

Colfax-Mingo’s 9-1 victory over the Warhawks now goes down as a forfeited loss, which means Lynnville-Sully is the outright conference champion at 14-2. Colfax-Mingo ends its conference season at 13-3.

C-M defeats Warhawks, then forfeits game

COLFAX — The Tigerhawks matched last year’s win total with a 9-1 triumph over North Mahaska on June 28.

The two teams waited out a severe weather delay that lasted about an hour and a half. The program honored four seniors — Adam Teed, Jimmy Camp, Luke Seebeck and Cameron Warner — before the game and celebrated a conference title after.

The title was taken away the next day after Colfax-Mingo had to forfeit the game because of a pitch count violation.

Jacobs struck out 11 and allowed only four hits and a pair of walks on the mound.

North Mahaska scored first as Jacobs allowed a walk and a hit in the first inning, but closed the door from there.

“When he throws strikes and gets ahead in the count, he’s lights out,” Colfax-Mingo coach Greer Milledge said.

“He worked ahead and then went to his off speed, which is tough to hit.”

The Tigerhawks (15-5 overall, 13-3 in the SICL) stranded freshman Trinity Schroeder on second base in the first inning, but took the lead with a six-run second inning.

Colfax-Mingo sent 12 batters to the plate in the frame, collected six hits and stranded the bases loaded. Freshman Brady Berkey had a two-run single to highlight the frame. Sophomore Zarek Hill and junior Misha Seebeck also had RBI hits.

“Having that big inning and getting an early lead was a major thing for us,” Milledge said. “When we play uptight, we don’t play very well. When we are having fun and joking around, this is a very good baseball team. Getting an early lead helped us relax.”

Berkey had two hits, a walk and scored twice at the plate. Hill had two hits, two runs and two RBIs and Misha Seebeck was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Senior Adam Teed also had two hits, an RBI and reached base three times on Senior Night. He remembers the first few seasons when the Tigerhawks only won a handful of games. He’s enjoyed the past two seasons a lot more.

“This feels great,” Teed said. “It feels a lot better than the first couple of years. It’s a nice way to finish my career.”

Colfax-Mingo added to its lead with a single run in the fourth and then finalized the scoring with two runs in the fifth.

Hill singled and then stole second to began the fourth frame. Teed eventually drove him in with an RBI infield single.

Berkey opened the fifth with a walk. Senior Jimmy Camp, scored two runs, reached base when North Mahaska failed to retire Berkey at second. Hill had an RBI fielder’s choice to make it 8-1 and then Misha Seebeck’s RBI single with one out put the Tigerhawks up eight runs.

That was more than enough support for Jacobs. He struck out the first batter he faced in the seventh, allowed a one-out single to Luke Groves and then induced a ground ball that his defense turned into a 6-4-3 game-ending double play.

“My fastball was working tonight. I hit some spots and then I used my other pitches when I got up in the count,” Jacobs said.

Colfax-Mingo turned around its program this season with strong pitching and solid defense. The Tigerhawks’ ERA after the June 28 game improved to 1.90 and they have just 25 errors in 18 games.

The bats have come alive, too, in recent games. Colfax-Mingo is now batting .306 on the season.

“Our defense has helped us out a lot this year. It’s been pitching and defense,” Milledge said. “The bats are starting to come alive, too. That’s big for us.”

Colfax-Mingo faced Colo-NESCO (7-18-1) at 7 p.m. on July 5 in Zearing. The Tigerhawks host Iowa Christian Academy at 7 p.m. on July 6.

The Tigerhawks open Class 1 district tournament play at 7 p.m. on July 11 against Montezuma in Colfax.

Colfax-Mingo 5, BGM 4

BROOKLYN — With a conference championship on the line, Milledge needed his three best pitchers to stay in the title hunt on June 27.

The Tigerhawks collected 15 hits at the plate, but they didn’t seal up a 13th South Iowa Cedar League win until Jacobs got out of a seventh-inning jam with back-to-back strikeouts.

Colfax-Mingo took a 5-2 lead in the top of the seventh inning, and Jacob’s third save of the season slammed the door on a potential rally from BGM during a 5-4 road win.

BGM (9-12, 9-6) took an early lead with a run in the first, but Colfax-Mingo plated two in the third to grab a lead. The Bears, who have lost four straight games, tied it in the fifth with another run.

The Tigerhawks scored three runs in the top of the seventh to go up 5-2. BGM scored twice off junior Alex Lewis to get within 5-4.

Jacobs was summoned with runners on first and second base with no outs. He got the first batter to ground out to Lewis at shortstop and then ended the game with consecutive strikeouts.

Lewis (2-1) earned the win after throwing one inning of relief. He allowed two earned runs on four hits. Jacobs allowed no runs and no hits with strikeouts to slam the door and get the save.

Five Tigerhawks had multiple hits. Berkey, freshman Trinity Schroeder and Misha Seebeck all went 3-for-4. Berkey had two RBIs.

Camp recorded two hits and walked once and junior Jarod Nichols tallied two hits and stole a base.

Colfax-Mingo 11, Melcher-Dallas 1

MELCHER — Colfax-Mingo got back on the winning track with a mercy-rule victory on June 30.

The Tigerhawks collected seven hits, stole seven bases and drew 10 walks in an 11-1, five-inning nonconference road win over Melcher-Dallas.

Colfax-Mingo plated two runs in the first inning to grab an early lead, and it make quick work of Melcher-Dallas (12-12) with a three-run fourth and a five-run fifth.

Hill and Misha Seebeck had two hit apiece to lead the offense. Hill also scored three runs, walked once and drove in two, while Seebeck added three RBIs and one walk.

Teed had one hit, one run, one steal, one walk and two runs, Jacobs had one hit, one steal, one walk and two RBIs and Camp finished with two runs and stole two bases.

Berkey scored twice and walked twice. Nichols also walked two times.

Lewis (3-1) earned the win on the mound. He allowed one run on three hits with nine strikeouts and one walk in five innings.

Moravia 6, Colfax-Mingo 2

MORAVIA — A three-run first inning gave the home team an early lead, and Colfax-Mingo never recovered during a 6-2 non-conference loss to Moravia on June 29.

The Tigerhawks got within a run after scoring twice in the fourth, but Moravia (20-6) plated two in the fifth and one in the sixth to pull away.

The two teams didn’t show much on the field as they could meet again in the postseason.

Colfax-Mingo had only two hits at the plate. Jacobs had one hit, two walks and scored one of the runs. Lewis had one hit, two RBIs and a walk and Misha Seebeck scored the other run.

The Tigerhawks (15-5) walked five times in the loss. Teed and Berkey both walked once.

Hill (2-2) took the loss on the mound, allowing five runs — three earned — on four hits with six strikeouts and five walks in five innings. Teed tossed the sixth inning and allowed one run on two hits.

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