Twin Cedars Slips Past NM

Blake Readshaw is safe at second base after beating a throw to Zach Petersen, left. Readshaw scored North Mahaska’s first run and hit two singles and a double in a 4-3 loss at Twin Cedars Saturday. Photo by RD Keep

It takes just one mistake and a lack of timely hits to take a game away from one team or another.

Friday night North Mahaska was unable to get the hit and move a runner past third base. Saturday afternoon they traveled to Bussey to take on Twin Cedars in a nonconference game. They stranded eight runners on base, but a hit and an error with two out and a wild pitch allowed the host Sabers to slip past NM 4-3.

“It was just like last night we couldn’t get the hit when we needed it,” said NM coach Kevin Kelderman. “We played well enough, but it was an error that hurt.”

Twin Cedars scored first with a run in the first inning. A game-opening walk was followed by a one-out double by Brock DenBurger, who picked up the mound win. North Mahaska answered in the bottom of the second when Blake Readshaw rapped the first of his three hits.

He doubled and with two out designated hitter Grant Smith singled to bring home Readshaw and knot the game.

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