Red Devils win home series against North Iowa Area CC

The Allen baseball team finished off their three-game home series against North Iowa Area Community College on Monday with a walk-off RBI single off the bat of Braden Hendrix in the bottom of the 12th inning.



February 21, 2023 - 3:00 PM

The Allen Community College baseball team watches from the dugout Saturday while Luke Carter delivers a pitch in ACC's home-opener on its new artificial turf infield. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

The Allen Community College baseball team won a three-game series when they hosted North Iowa Area Community College on Sunday and Monday. 

The Red Devils (4-7) won the backend pair of games with final scores of 6-5. Allen dropped their first game to the Trojans, 6-1, on Sunday morning.

Game one

North Iowa Area CC tossed a combined no-hitter in the first game with Ben Rosin, Jacob Crissinger and Cooper Mollett teaming up to throw seven innings of hitless ball. 

The Red Devils brought their lone run of the game across in the bottom of the first. 

Allen’s Cale Clark allowed a solo home run to Alex Berreth in the top of the second inning. Later, Bret Buchanan was ripped for five runs against him including an Adam Berghult three-run blast in the fifth.  

Clark allowed one run and one hit while striking out three through 1.2 innings of work. Buchanan let the game get out of hand in the third inning, allowing four runs on five hits with four strikeouts. 

Rosin got the win for the Trojans with his four innings of hitless ball while allowing a lone run with four walks and two strikeouts. 

Game two 

Allen waited until the final two innings for their bats to come alive in the second game after heading to the bottom of the sixth trailing, 5-0. Red Devil John James allowed the Trojans to score five runs through the first four innings before being pulled. Jack Neill came on in relief. 

North Iowa Area CC’s Bennett McCollow knocked in three runs on only one swing and Brayden Hellum drove in another run in the leadoff spot. 

Ethan Nissen was able to get a hold of Trojan pitcher John Lyman in the sixth inning when he drove in two runs with one swing of the bat. Red Devils Carson Shepherd, Brandon Harper and Gage Stark then drove in one run apiece in the final innings.

Allen was credited with five hits against North Iowa CC’s eight hits. 

The Red Devils got a hold of North Iowa Area pitcher Carson Munoz for three runs and Jake Gonse for one run following Lyman’s two innings on the mound. Allen’s Neill was credited with the win after working the final 3.1 innings and not allowing a run on only one hit. 

Allen hung on for the 6-5 victory. 

Game three

It took 12 innings for Allen to gut out the victory in the final game but ultimately it was Braden Hendrix who came through with the walk-off RBI. 

The Red Devils attacked early with a pair of runs delivered in the bottom of the first inning off the bats of Stark and Shepherd. North Iowa Area CC countered with a couple of runs in the top of the fourth from Hellum and Berreth. 

Allen struck again in the bottom of the fifth with a Shepherd RBI. The Trojans got behind the bat of Lincoln Berry to drive in a run in the top of the sixth inning. 

The ballgame was sent to extra innings knotted at 3-3. 

Shepherd didn’t waste much time, driving in his third run of the game for Allen before Colton Ayres followed up with another RBI knock in the bottom of the eighth to take a quick 5-3 lead in extras. 

North Iowa Area CC struck right back in the top of the ninth with a pair of runs delivered from Colln Evers on one swing. The teams then went scoreless for the next two innings.