ORANGE CITY - Spirit Lake couldn't keep MOC-Floyd Valley off the bases as the Dutch ended the Indians season with a 10-0, five-inning victory on Friday.
MOC-Floyd Valley (22-8) advances to the Substate 1 District 1 title game against Bishop Heelan (30-7), an 11-1, five-inning victor over Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley in the first game of the evening in Orange City. Those two teams meet at 7 p.m., Monday in Orange City.
The Indians' opportunities to score were limited with just five hits on the night. In the first inning, Tony Eckard hit a two-out single and Cole Thate reached on an error but Keaton Leach flew out to left field to end the threat.
Spirit Lake batters went down in order in the second. Gavin DeVos hit a one-out single in the third inning, but was then thrown out at second. The Indians again went down in order in the fourth. Gavin Kramer singled to lead off the fifth. He was also thrown out trying to steal second. Jeremiah Eldridge and Cory Meschede both hit two-out singles, but the threat ended when DeVos popped up to MOC-Floyd Valley pitcher Derek Rupp.
Meanwhile, the Dutch bats were out. While the Indians kept the hosts from scoring in the first inning after two singles, MOC-Floyd Valley went back to work in the second. Mitchell Yaw hit a bunt single and Brandon Harold drew a one-out walk. The runners moved to second and third when Trey Niemyer grounded out to shortstop Cole Thate, but Rupper helped his cause with a two-out single.
In the third inning, the Dutch loaded the bases on a hit-by pitch, a walk and a single. A double by Karsten Marker scored two runs.
That ended the night for Spirit Lake starter Eckard, who gave up six hits, two walks and two hit batters with one strikeout in two innings.
Logan Backhaus entered in relief and Harald promptly singled to bring in another run. The Indians finally got an out when Niemyer hit a grounder with Spirit Lake taking the force at second. However a run scored on the play as the Dutch led 6-0.
For the fourth time, the Dutch had the leadoff runner on base as Nielsen singled and Andrew De Boer was hit by a pitch. A double steal put them in scoring position. A groundout scored one run and a single by Harold gave the Dutch an 8-0 lead.
Ben De Boer and Austin Kelderman both hit one-out singles in the fifth. De Boer scored when Nielsen grounded out to shortstop and Andrew De Boer ended the game with an RBI single.
Backhaus finished giving up seen hits with one hit batter and one strikeout in 2 2/3 innings. The Indians did not commit an error.
Eckard, Kramer, Eldridge and Meschede all went 1-2 for Spirit Lake while DeVos was 1-3.
The Indians wrap up a 15-9 season and bid farewell to seniors Nile Skogerboe and Cole Thate.