Ben Macy sends a shot past the AGWSR dugout in a home game earlier this season. The Cougars moved into the Class 1A, Dist. 3 Finals on Saturday with a 10-1 record. They got there without playing the semifinal on Tuesday after Northwood-Kensett was forced to forfeit due to a positive covid-19 test.

When the Northwood-Kensett High School baseball team beat West Hancock last Saturday, the Vikings moved into a Class 1A, District 3 semifinal against AGWSR. Without even playing, the team failed to reach the finals. Instead, the Cougars moved to 10-1 on the season as N-K was forced to forfeit due to a case of COVID-19 on the coaching staff.

Northwood-Kensett has joined a growing list of teams across the state forced to end their season because of the virus. N-K learned its fate just hours before the team was to face AGWSR in Mason City on Tuesday. The forfeit put AGWSR in the District finals against Mason City Newman on Saturday at Newman. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. The winner of that game will play either Ogden, Ankeny Christian or Madrid in the Substate 2 Finals on July 21.

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