Keota Boys earning status of Comeback Kids

Moulton – No coach ever wants to have to rely on their team to make a comeback, especially when down by multiple runs. The Keota Eagles haven’t been making it easy as of late for coach Dakota McCombs, but they’ve also proven they’re never out of one given game. The Eagles notched another win via comeback, beating the Moulton-Udell Eagles 13-11 on July 5. 

It didn’t seem like staging a rally would be necessary, at least from the get-go. Keota put up a pair of runs in the top of the first and kept MU off the board in the bottom half. Keota held onto their lead through 1 ½ innings, but then the wheels started to come off. Walks and missed defensive plays led to an early pitching change with Tyler Waterhouse taking over at second base and Luke Hammen taking the mound. 

Things didn’t get any easier from that point on and Hammen’s pitches were limited after walking a pair and seeing four runs score. He was replaced, in turn, by Bryce Greiner, who worked through the rest of the inning to limit the damage. Keota got one back in the top of the third when Nolan Verstraete hit a double and was brought in with an RBI double from Brady Duwa. At that point, Keota trailed by a single run, but the deficit would only grow.

MU took advantage of more walks and scoring those runners with timely hits. While Keota had struck the ball well early, it ended up going right to a defender, whereas MU was able to find gaps in the defense. Another five runs would score in the bottom of the third inning. With the home Eagles leading 9-3, the rally was officially on. 

Keota played a doubleheader at Winfield Mt. Union on July 8 and will be at Iowa Mennonite on July 13 for the first round of District play.

To read the full recap, including coach Dakota McComb's comments, pick up this weeks' Keota Eagle.

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