Baseball title for the Dutch

The Dutch await Seth Carson’s arrival following his game-winning 3-run homer against Wartburg, one of four walk-off wins for the Iowa Conference champs.

Ending a 64-year drought, Central pulled a surprise by rolling to an outright Iowa Conference baseball crown.

The Dutch posted a 19-5 league mark to win by a comfortable four-game margin and were 29-11 overall. Four Central players—the most ever—received first-team all-league recognition, including senior Joel Pulliam, the league’s pitcher of the year. He was 8-1 with a 2.79 earned run average.

Senior shortstop Mike Furlong, junior outfielder Sam Stetzel and junior pitcher Dirk Lindaman were first-team picks, while sophomore pitcher Judson McKown was a second-team choice. Furlong was a four-time all-league honoree and set nine career records, including hits, runs and stolen bases.

Adam Stevens received coach of the year recognition for the second time.

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