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Filthballers defeat Rail Riders in Corn Belt championship game

Filthballers defeat Rail Riders in Corn Belt championship game

Corn Belt Collegiate League championship

Starter Noah Unger picked up the win Sunday night for the Filthballers, who defeated the Rail Riders 4-3 in the Corn Belt Collegiate League championship game.

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The Filthballers would not be sidetracked by the Rail Riders on Sunday night in the championship game of the Corn Belt Collegiate League.

Starter Noah Unger picked up the win and Matt Keating got the save in a 4-3 victory in the final at Seymour Smith Park. The victorious Filthballers, also the regular-season champions, finished 23-9.

Unger, a Lincoln Pius X graduate who plays for Nebraska Wesleyan, got off to a shaky start but settled down. He walked three in the first inning and yielded two runs.

​The Rail Riders scored those early runs on an infield throwing error and a run-scoring groundout from Alec Beaman. They did not have a hit in that inning and finished with four.

The Filthballers struck for three runs in the bottom of the first inning, which began with a double off the bat of Keating, an Omaha Creighton Prep grad.

Mitch Pomeroy had a run-scoring groundout, and Elkhorn South grad Drew Reetz delivered an RBI triple. A third run scored on an error.

The Filthballers tacked on a run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Omaha Burke grad Tyler Cate.

The Rail Riders tried to rally in the seventh when Platteview grad Colin Lynam led off with a single and Chance Merithew walked. Omaha Roncalli grad Cole Ryan then had a bunt single to load the bases with none out.

Keating, a Southern Cal pledge, came on to strike out the next two batters before walking Elkhorn South grad Max Mosser to force in a run. He then fanned Thomas Fullerton to secure the victory.

"I couldn't ask for more character from these guys," coach Johnston Hobbs said. "We led the league from start to finish, and I don't think that's ever been done."

The Rail Riders, who started the season 2-12, finished 19-14.

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Mike covers high school sports, primarily volleyball in the fall, girls basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring and summer. He also reports on horse racing for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @MPattersonOWH. Phone: 402-444-1350.

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