Emerson, Georgia -- Sophomore righthander Jacob Thiessen's third straight strong outing and the consistent play of soph Dillon Nelson helped spark Indian Hills on the Falcons' third straight weekend trip. Thiessen hurled a shutout in the opening game of the excursion and Nelson earned Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors for his work at the plate, hitting .423, as IHCC went 3-4 down south.
Thiessen blanked Central Alabama with a complete-game six-hitter in a 6-0 whitewashing of the Trojans as the Falcons stopped in Alexander City, Ala. on their way to the Perfect Game Spring Swing in Georgia. Indian Hills plated two runs in the 3rd, 6th and 8th innings with Nelson and Jacob Rhinesmith each collecting two RBIs. Nelson, Justin King and Will Zimmerman had two hits apiece and Nelson and Joshmar Doran scored two runs. It was Thiessen's second consecutive shutout and lowered his season ERA to 1.29 in three starts. He has allowed only three earned runs and five walks in 21 innings in a tremendous beginning to his second season with the Falcons.
In their first of six games in the Spring Swing, Indian Hills got blasted by Georgia Highlands, 13-2, and then lost to South Carolina-Lancaster, 5-3, later that day. In the first game, Zachary Fascia accounted for one of the IHCC runs with a solo homer and Zimmerman drove in the other run. Luis Gimenez and Fascia had two hits each. Markus Gregson started and took the loss with Hunter Capps providing three solid innings of relief, permitting six hits and just one run.
Gimenez had two doubles and a single and Justin King picked up two safeties in the loss to USC-Lancaster. Starting pitcher Jared Spearing got the defeat, fanning seven in six innings.
Both of Saturday's games against Triton (Ill.) ended in walk-off fashion -- King singling home the winner in the opener before Triton pushed across the winning run in the nightcap. King's hit brought an end to a wild game in which the Falcons had 15 hits and won 12-11. Rhinesmith was 4-for-5 with two doubles, three runs and three RBIs. Nelson was 3-for-4 with two runs and a pair of RBIs and Zimmerman, King and Ryan Humeniuk had two-hit games. Zachary Lauzon, the last of four IHCC pitchers, got the victory. Each team scored in the 7th inning of game two. Indian Hills tied the score at 2-2 on Nelson's RBI single, before Triton answered with the game-winner in the bottom of the inning. Nelson had two more hits and he and Noah Renaud drove in the IHCC runs.
Six runs in the 3rd inning, three of them on a bases-loaded triple by Humeniuk, led to an 8-3 triumph over USC-Lancaster in Sunday's opener. Nelson and King combined for four hits and four runs driven in. Oracio Deleon got his first college win, going the first six innings and giving up just two hits and two runs with a walk and seven Ks. Three relievers got the last nine outs with Lauzon striking out all five hitters he faced.
The trip's finale was a 12-11 loss to Triton, another wacky game that saw Indian Hills erupt for 10 runs in the top of the 6th inning to take the lead, only to see Triton pour across six runs in the bottom of the 6th for the victory. Mark Wanner had a three-run home run for the Falcons and Gimenez also had three RBIs. King and Humeniuk drove in a pair of runs each. IHCC employed four pitchers with Fascia taking the loss.
Indian Hills is 9-6 and slated to play doubleheaders at MCC-Maple Woods, in Liberty, Mo., next Saturday and Sunday.