Remsen St. Mary's and West Sioux set to battle for Class 1A state championship

Two small schools from the same conference have never played each other in title

By Alex Walker | awalker@kcautv.com

Published 07/29 2016 06:06PM

Updated 07/29 2016 06:06PM

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For the first time in the history of the summer ball championship, two teams from the same conference will battle for the ultimate Class 1A prize. 

Two War Eagle schools, Remsen St. Mary's and West Sioux, square off for the Class 1A state baseball crown. 

In Thursday's semifinals, it seemed unlikely that either one of these teams would make it to the finals. The Hawks had to score four runs in the seventh to knock off Newman. The Falcons rallied in their final at-bat to walk-off against Don Bosco.   

In the regular season, these teams met twice with West Sioux winning both matchups by a combined three runs. Both teams believe their conference prepared them for this championship opportunity. 

"War Eagle is probably one of the toughest baseball conference in the state, so I think that prepared us because we saw a lot of good guys," Remsen St. Mary's coach Dean Harpenau said. "We gotta be on our A game if we are going to get it done."
 
Hawks senior Jacob Wesselmann knows a championship won't impact just the team, but the entire city.
 
"That is big not only for our program, but for our fanbase and town and general," Wesselmann said. "Not only our town, but our conference, no matter what the War Eagle is bringing it back and that is awesome."
 
West Sioux coach Brian Engleman echo's his counterparts comments. 
 
"It's going to be one of those where you know you wanna win, but that trophy is going to go in the hands of somebody from the War Eagle Conference and we are happy about that," Engleman said. 
 
"It's going to be a heck of a lot of fun playing in this atmosphere in the state championship against a team that we know really well," said Falcon senior Porter Hummel.
 
"We don't have to spend time on the scouting report," said Engleman. "We know each other very well. It will be a great game, it will be two tough teams and win or lose, I think both teams will be proud of their teams and both teams will go out fighting and whoever ends up on top."
 
Saturday's title game is set for 11:00am. Tune in at 6 and 10 for highlights and reaction.
 
 
 
 
 

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