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Stars, Walford sweep IVL twinbills

The Stars swept their doubleheader at Norway Sunday night, but they  were not able to overtake Williamsburg for the league title in a wild  finish to the Iowa Valley League season.

The Stars were forced last week to forfeit two wins over Williamsburg  because they used an ineligible player in those games, ultimately  costing the Stars the 2018 crown.

Williamsburg won the title with a 12-6 record and .667 winning  percentage, with the Stars relegated to second place with a 13-7 mark  and .650 winning percentage.


The Stars won a pair of tight games at Norway, prevailing 5-3 in the  first game and 3-2 in the nightcap.

Matt Berst hit a two-run homer for the Stars in Game 1 and finished  with three RBIs. Cody Bell had three hits for the winners.

Christian Stekl belted a solo homer for Norway. The Bandits put  runners on first and third with nobody out in the bottom of the  seventh on a double by Travis Mueller and a single by Mitch Walser,  but Norway was unable to score in the frame.

Blake Hargens pitched a strong game for the Stars in Game 2 and got  relief help from Blake Willenborg, who earned a save.

Jordan Hanlon pitched a three-hitter for Norway in the nightcap and  Braedon Brown had a two-run double.


The Walford Hogs won both games of their doubleheader against Watkins  to claim third place in the IVL standings with an 11-9 record.

Bryce Grimm belted a three-run homer to help Walford win the first  game, 7-3. Mitch Moser had an RBI double for the Hogs. Ty Mougin,  Caleb Sass and Zach Stone also had RBI singles.

Kevin Delzell got the victory and struck out eight batters.

Karson Kuester delivered a two-run single for Watkins when the Mudhens  grabbed an early 3-0 lead in the first inning. DJ Utley had an RBI  single in the frame.

Tyler Butz snapped a 3-3 tie with an RBI single in the bottom of the  seventh to give Walford a walk-off victory in the nightcap.

Jameson Steege struck out 11 batters in six innings for Walford but  got a no-decision. Ross Swinton picked up the victory in relief with a  pair of strikeouts.

Butz had two hits for Walford. Jonny Frese, Skylar Frese and Utley had  RBI singles for Watkins.


Williamsburg      12-6
Stars             13-7
Walford           11-9
Red Top           10-10
Watkins           6-12
Norway            6-14

PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Kevin Delzell (Walford)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Nick Sueppel (Williamsburg)


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