A-P baseball knocks out D-NH

A-P's Riley Oberhauser beats the throw home after a pitch goes to the backstop in the fifth inning of the game between the Falcons and D-NH in Story City on Tuesday. (Jake Ryder/Eclipse News-Review)

STORY CITY – The effort shown this summer and in summers past is paying out for Aplington-Parkersburg baseball.


The Falcons vanquished a familiar NICL East foe in Dike-New Hartford on Tuesday, July 10, claiming a 3-1 victory to advance to Saturday's district final.


A-P (21-7) will take on South Hamilton (10-13) in Story City at 7 p.m. on Saturday, the first appearance for A-P in the district final since 2011. The Roland-Story baseball field is located at the intersection of Cedar Street and Hillcrest Drive in Story City.


The winner of Saturday's game will play either Van Meter or Ogden in Marshalltown on Tuesday, July 17 in a 2A subtate final.


"Our kids have put in a lot of time in baseball at A-P," Falcons head coach Roger Oberhauser said. "They've put in the hard work and the younger kids are seeing that if you put in the work, good things will happen."


The Falcons scored a run in each of the first two innings, beginning with Carter Cuvelier's sacrifice fly to left field scoring Coby Hoff in the first inning. Riley Oberhauser followed that with a sacrifice bunt in the second inning, bringing Aaron Price home from third.


Those two runs laid a good foundation for Cuvelier as he started the game on the mound for A-P. He finished with seven strikeouts and three walks, scattering three hits in the complete-game pitching victory.


"Pitching with a couple-run lead, I was just trying to throw strikes and the guys behind me did a good job making plays," Cuvelier said. "Gotta give all the credit to them, they do an awesome job."


Check next week's Eclipse for more on A-P baseball's postseason run, including a report from Saturday's district final against South Hamilton.