NIACC falls to DMACC, 12-8

NIACC's Kyle Pike heads home for a run in the second inning of Sunday's tournament game against DMACC.
NIACC's Kyle Pike heads home for a run in the second inning of Sunday's tournament game against DMACC.

CLINTON - The NIACC baseball team's season came to a close Sunday afternoon with a 12-8 loss to DMACC at the NJCAA Region XI tournament at Ashford University Field.

DMACC (27-27) used a nine-run third inning to stay alive in what now is a three-team tournament. The Bears play top-seed Southeastern at 3 p.m. Sunday in an elimination game.

NIACC (37-20-1) put itself back in the game (10-8) with a 5-run seventh inning, which included a grand slam from Nate VanKan.

DMACC scored two insurance runs in its half of the ninth inning to push the gap to four runs and the Bears held the Trojans scoreless in the bottom of the ninth inning.

NJCAA Region XI tournament

Wednesday's play-in game

Northeast CC 11, Iowa Lakes 9

Thursday's results

Ellsworth 8, Iowa Central 7

Kirkwood 9, DMACC 1 (8)

NIACC 7, Northeast CC 2

Friday's results

Southeastern 16, Ellsworth 8 (8)

Kirkwood 13, NIACC 5 (8)

DMACC 11, Northeast CC 3 (8)

Saturday's results

NIACC 7, Iowa Central 6

DMACC 11, Ellsworth 2 (8)

Kirkwood 5, Southeastern 4

Sunday's games

DMACC 12, NIACC 8

3 p.m. - DMACC vs. Southeastern (elimination game)

6 p.m. - Kirkwood vs. DMACC/Southeastern winner (championship game)

Note: If DMACC wins, the first championship game would be at noon on Monday.