With a 5-1 win over the Coe Kohawks on Saturday afternoon, the Wartburg Baseball team won their first conference tournament title since 2013 and received an automatic qualifier into the NCAA Regional.
The game began as a pitchers’ duel between Kohawk ace Thomas Schaedel and Wartburg senior Michael Knouse. Each pitcher threw four scoreless innings to start, before the game was busted open.
Wartburg struck first with with four runs in the 5th, punctuated with a two RBI single by Zach Hovick. The Knights’ offense would then plate a run in each of the next two innings while Coe would score a run of their own in the 7th.
Five different players batted in runs for Wartburg and while Clay Henning and David Fitzgerald each produced two hit games. Overall, the team went 9-35 and also stole two bases.
Knouse led the way for Wartburg with six innings and seven strikeouts while only allowing one run.
After Knouse left the game, Austin Bohling to close out the game for the third time in the tournament. Bohling pitched in each of the Knights’ wins, and did not allow a single run.
With the win, Wartburg secured its 11th Conference Tournament title under head coach Joel Holst and advanced the NCAA Regional for the third straight year.