Filled with high hopes and playing solid baseball, the Southwestern Illinois College Blue Storm went flat in the opening round of the NJCAA Region 24 Tournament on Saturday at Rent One Park in Marion.
Second-seeded Kaskaskia College scored in every inning as it sent SWIC into the losers' bracket of the double-elimination event with an 11-0 win.
The game was stopped after 6 1/2 innings by the 10-run rule.
"It was one of those days. We went flat and that happens in baseball from time to time,'' SWIC coach Neil Fiala said. "We just have to put this game behind us and come out ready to play two games tomorrow (Sunday).''
SWIC (36-18) will take on John A. Logan College at 10 a.m. Sunday. Top-seed Wabash Valley plays Kaskaskia at 1 p.m. with the loser of that game taking on the winner of the SWIC-John A. Logan contest at 4 p.m.
The tournament concludes Monday.
SWIC starter Dustin Dalton struggled from the outset. Kaskaskia added a run in the second inning against Dalton who allowed four runs and six hits in 2-plus innings of work.
"They wouldn't let us wear spikes on the field and everybody was slipping and sliding. It was the same for both teams though,'' Fiala said. "They (Kaskaskia) got a couple of bloop hits in the first inning which led to a pair of runs and it didn't get any better for us.''
Dan Holst and Mark Hencken combined for four of the Blue Storm's six hits.