CLINTON - The NIACC baseball team's season came to a close Sunday afternoon with a 12-8 loss to DMACC at the NJCAA Region XI tournament at Ashford University Field.
DMACC (27-27) used a nine-run third inning to stay alive in what now is a three-team tournament. The Bears play top-seed Southeastern at 3 p.m. Sunday in an elimination game.
NIACC (37-20-1) put itself back in the game (10-8) with a 5-run seventh inning, which included a grand slam from Nate VanKan.
DMACC scored two insurance runs in its half of the ninth inning to push the gap to four runs and the Bears held the Trojans scoreless in the bottom of the ninth inning.
NJCAA Region XI tournament
Wednesday's play-in game
Northeast CC 11, Iowa Lakes 9
Ellsworth 8, Iowa Central 7
Kirkwood 9, DMACC 1 (8)
NIACC 7, Northeast CC 2
Southeastern 16, Ellsworth 8 (8)
Kirkwood 13, NIACC 5 (8)
DMACC 11, Northeast CC 3 (8)
NIACC 7, Iowa Central 6
DMACC 11, Ellsworth 2 (8)
Kirkwood 5, Southeastern 4
DMACC 12, NIACC 8
3 p.m. - DMACC vs. Southeastern (elimination game)
6 p.m. - Kirkwood vs. DMACC/Southeastern winner (championship game)
Note: If DMACC wins, the first championship game would be at noon on Monday.