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NIACC first baseman Bryce Ball holds on a Southeastern runner in Friday's regional tournament game in Waterloo.
NIACC first baseman Bryce Ball holds on a Southeastern runner in Friday's regional tournament game in Waterloo.

WATERLOO - A berth in the regional title game is on the line.

Second-seed NIACC faces top-seed Iowa Central at 7 p.m. Saturday in the winner's bracket of the NJCAA Region XI tournament. The winner advances to Sunday's 3:30 p.m. championship game.

NIACC is seeking its third straight regional title.

NIACC (39-17) moved to Saturday's regional semifinal contest with a 13-5, eight-inning win over third-seed Southeastern CC on Friday. The Trojans received a career-high five RBIs from freshman Joey Werner and a three-run home run from freshman Mitch Neunborn.

It was Neunborn's team-leading 13th home run.

Iowa Central stayed on the winner's side of the bracket with a 3-2 win over fourth-seed Kirkwood late Friday night.

The loser of Saturday night's contest plays either Kirkwood, Southeastern or DMACC at noon on Sunday in an elimination game.

Notes: NIACC has won 10 straight games at the regional baseball tournament ... NIACC coach Travis Hergert has a record of 18-4 at the regional tournament since taking over as head coach in 2013.

Thursday's results

Ellsworth 8, Iowa Lakes 5 (elimination game)

Kirkwood 10, DMACC 5

Southeastern 6, Ellsworth 4

Friday's results

DMACC 9, Ellsworth 5

 NIACC 13, Southeastern 5 (8)

Iowa Central 3, Kirkwood 2

Saturday's games

Noon - DMACC vs. Southeastern (elimination game)

3:30 p.m. - Kirkwood vs. Saturday noon winner

7 p.m. - NIACC vs. Iowa Central

Sunday's games

Noon - DMACC/Southeastern/Kirkwood vs. NIACC/Iowa Central loser

3:30 p.m. - NIACC/Iowa Central winner vs. TBA (regional title game)

Monday's game

11 a.m. - Second regional title game, if necessary

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