BELLE PLAINE — Keota’s South Iowa Cedar League baseball game with Belle Plaine on Wednesday was neck-and-neck until the final two innings, but a four-run Plainsmen sixth spelled the Eagles’ ultimate doom, and Keota dropped the game 7-4.
After two scoreless innings, Keota took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning, but Belle Plaine tied the game up with two runs in the third. Keota took another short-lived lead with a run in the fifth, but the Plainsmen answered again and tied the contest at 3-3 after five.
The wheels fell off for the Keota defense in the sixth when Belle Plaine took their first lead of the game and stretched it to 7-3. The Eagles scored one last run in the top of the seventh to pull within three.
Colten Clarahan and Brady Duwa co-led the Keota offense. Clarahan went 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Duwa was 2-for-4 within a double and an RBI.
Sam Sieren knocked in a run for the Eagles, as did Carson Sprouse, though neither recorded a hit. Tyler Waterhouse went 1-2 with one of Keota’s two extra-base hits, a double.
Cole Kindred took the loss on the mound, giving up five runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks over three and two-thirds innings. He also hit three batters and struck out one. Sprouse started the game and went two and one-third innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits. He also hit one batter.