The Wartburg Baseball team advanced to the Iowa Conference Tournament Championship after wins on both Thursday and Friday this week.
In Friday’s game, the Knights beat the Coe Kohawks 7-3 in their first game of the Iowa Conference Tournament.
They got off to a hot start in the first inning as Jake Thumann hit a two-run homerun on the first pitch he saw of the afternoon.
Senior Max Langheinrich pitched seven innings for Wartburg against the Kohawks and allowed only three runs, only one of which was earned, while striking out seven.
The Knights also got impressive performances from Eric Willis, 4-5 with a run and an RBI, Mike Brown, two RBI doubles, and Austin Bohling who came in for the final two innings to close out the win.
Lefty Tanner Eckhart started the second game of the tournament on Saturday for Wartburg, throwing four innings of two run baseball before being relieved heading into the 5th. Senior Andrew Jordan then came out of the bullpen and pitched four shutout innings and ended up recording the win.
Chris Tomkins was put in to finish out the game, but struggled mightily. Tomkins allowed four runs and threw two wild pitches without recording an out in the 9th. He was pulled for Bohling who shut the door on the opposing offense for the second time in as many days.
At the plate, Wartburg recorded 12 hits and was led by Cody Hyler who finished the game 3-4 with an RBI. Willis and Thumann each hit homeruns to help punctuate the 9-6 victory.
Wartburg will play Saturday at 1 o’clock against an opponent that has yet to be determined.
It is the third time in three years the Knights have advanced to the championship round and after completing their Three-peat as Iowa Conference Regular Season Champions, they are looking for their first Conference Tournament title since 2013. They are now just one win away.