Turkey Valley Baseball
2012-Week 7
"Trojans Co-Champions in
Upper Iowa Conference"
Trojans Co-Champions in the UIC
(Hear comments from the Trojan seniors, Coach Stepan and Riley
Busta below)

See Video of Brooks' HR that ended it!

What was a wild Upper Iowa Conference baseball race ended in a wild
way with three teams standing on top of the conference at season's

For the first time ever, The Turkey Valley Trojans won the baseball title
sharing the top spot with South Winneshiek and Kee High.

Trojans came into a final double-header with Kee needing at least a
split to get the title alone or share it with Kee and possibly either
South Winneshiek or North Fayette if either would sweep the other.

That's what happened TV and Kee split with Kee winning the first game
5-2 and Turkey Valley the second game 12-1 in 5-innings, while South
Winneshiek was sweeping North Fayette 5-4 and 5-4.  Thus the three
teams end 11-5 in the conference and co-champions for 2012.

In the first game TV took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Jordan
Schmitt and Jordan Mitchell both doubled.

However, Kee scored 3 times in the second and that was all they really
needed.  TV picked up its final run of the game in the second when
Marshall Rosenbaum walked and after an error and a passed ball put
him on third, Dalton Hackman knocked him in with a line drive single.

Kee rode their ace Matt Heiderscheit who shut down the Trojans the
rest of the way for the 5-2 win.

With the loss the Trojans needed a win to gain a share of its first UIC
title ever.  The Trojans were perrenial baseball champions in the old
Cedar-Wapsie Conference, but had never won an UIC title since
joining the conference in the late 80s.

The 25+ year drought would end with a 5-inning 12-1 10 run rule game
on a walk-off Home Run by Brooks Milbrandt.  It was the first
conference win over Kee in 10+ years.

Sophomore pitcher Riley Busta who was called upon to nail down a
piece of the title was phenomenal, giving up only 3 hits and an
unearned run.  Busta walked only 1 and struck-out 4 as he had his
curve-ball working better than ever.

The offense was superb as well as TV knocked out 12 hits and were
aided by 6 walks and a hit batter.

Trojans trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the second tied the score on a
Marshall Rosenbaum double and a sacrifice fly by Dalton Hackman.

In the third TV exploded for 4 runs when state walk leader Michale
Novotny worked the pitcher for a walk with 1-out that set the tone for
the inning and the rest of the game.  After another walk to Ben
Novotny, a single by Jordan Mitchell, Milbrandt getting hit another
walk to Adam Schaufenbuel and a mis-played double by Marshall
Rosenbaum, the Trojans had scored the 4-runs and were well on the
way to victory.

The Trojans scored 2 more in the fourth when the Novotny boys again
drew walks with 1-out and hits by Milbrandt and Schaufenbuel drove
them in.

To end it in the fifth, with 1-out Jacob Hackman got a pinch hit single
followed by a home run to left by Jordan Schmitt.  After hits by Ben
Novotny and Mitchell, Milbrandt hit his 3-run blast to right to end it.

Meanwhile, in West Union, South Winneshiek was hanging on for a
pair of 5-4 wins to put their claim on a part of the title.

Comments from South Winn Coach Alex Smith,
"Two very exciting
games for the fans to watch to conclude the conference season. We
were fortunate to come out on top in both games and secure the
Upper Iowa Conference Championship with the Turkey Valley and Kee
High split. In game one, the big first inning and solo home run by Dylan
Humpal was enough for us to hold onto the victory, as we played great
defense to get out of some big jams late in the game. The key play of
the game was the relay from left field to gun down the tying run at the
plate. In the second game, Andre Walz had the big hit to open up our
scoring. Colton's speed on the bases proved to be a big insurance run
for us in the sixth inning. All three of our pitchers, Rommes,
Opperman, and Scheweinfus did a great job attacking the plate
allowing our defense to make plays. It was a great moment for our
guys, and we have a lot to be proud of with a conference
championship. The slow start to the season may have been the best
thing for us for our guys to understand what we need to do to be

The second game ended with  North Fayette already scoring 3 times in
the inning and had a runner on when a 5-4-3 double play ended the
game to give the Warriors a Co-Championship in the UIC.  It went
Jared Holien to Jordan Rommes to Andre Walz to end the game.

North Fayette's Jake Greco, the all-time hits leader in Iowa, hit his 43rd
career home run in the second game.

Colton Hageman was 4 for 4 and Jared Holien 3 for 3 for South Winn in
the nightcap.

Jordan Rommes with relief help from Wyatt Operman was the winning
pitcher in the first game and Trevor Schweinefus went the distance for
the win in the second game.

The Trojans are now 24-11 overall and South Winneshiek is 23-10.

See video of Milbrandts HR and comments from the 7 Turkey Valley
seniors, Coach Dan Stepan and Riley Busta below
Kee High

Riley Busta complete game w/o allowing an
earned run, only 3 hits and 1 walk.

Brooks Milbrandt 3-run walk-off HR and 5
RBI in the 2nd game.

Jordan Mitchell 4 hits, 2 doubles, 2
Jordan Schmitt, 3 hits, HR, double, 2 RBI, 2
runs scored

Marshall Rosenbaum, 2 doubles, 2 runs
scored, 2 RBI

Adam Schaufenbuel,  3 hits

Dalton Hackman, 2hits, 2 RBI

Ben Novotny 2 hits, 4 walks, 3 runs scored.

Michael Novotny, 2 walks to start rallies in
the second game, 2 runs scored, hit-batter

Jacob Hackman, pinch hit single to start
5-run 5th inning rally.
Brooks Milbrandt (above)
right after crossing home after his
3-run walk-off HR.  
The Swing that Did It!
Michael Novotny
crosses home with the run that gave
TV the lead for good
4 hits and 2 HRs from Mitchell not enough as Trojans fall
in regular season final to Waukon

Jordan Mitchell had a big night at the plate going 4 for 4 with 2 Home
Runs, 3 RBI, and 3 runs scored, but it was not enough as the Trojans
gave up to in the bottom of the seventh at fell at Waukon, 7-6.

Mitchell broke up a 5-5 tie with his second solo home run of the night,
deep over the left center field fence.

With senior ace Jordan Schmitt on the hill it looked like the Trojans
had a good chance of coming away with a win in its final tune-up
before tournament time.  Waukon had other ideas as the first 4 Indians
hit safely in the bottom of the seventh scoring one and having the
potential winning run gunned out at the plate by Ben Novotny.

With the bases loaded, Schmitt uncorked a wild pitch allowing the
winning run to race home from third for the 7-6 Waukon win.

Ryan Busta started the game and pitched well through 3, but gave up 3
straight singles to start the fourth and was lifted in favor of Schmitt
who needed some work to get ready for the tournament.

After getting out of the jam he inherited in the fourth with allowing
only 1 run to cross, Schmitt struggled the next 3 innings giving up 4
runs and took the loss.

Mitchell's 4 hits represented half the total for the Trojans on the night.
 Schmitt and Dalton Hackman reached base three of the four times
they batted with both having a hit, walk and a hit-by-the-pitch.  
Hackman had a triple and scored a run and Schmitt had a double and
scored twice.

The Trojans finish the regular season 24-12 and are waiting in the
wings to play the winner of the Satruday game between Starmont and
Tripoli.  The Trojans play at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9 at East Buchanan
in Winthrop
Sophomore Riley Busta
pitched brilliantly in the win
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