Danville fell to #8 Lynnville Sully 10-6 in the class 1A regional softball game played at Cardinal of Eldon last night. The Hawks built up a 7-0 lead before the Danville Bears offense kicked in during the last two innings and they started hitting the Hawk pitching but came up short. Danville ends the year 11-17 and Lynnville Sully goes to state with a 25-3 record and will open up action on Monday.
#6 Keokuk defeated #12 Ft. Madison in 3A Regional play 8-4 and the Chiefs advance to state where they will play #3 S.C. Heelan Tuesday at 7:30pm
Mid Prairie defeated Pekin 4-0 in 2A Regional play and will advance onto state.
Class 4A Regional play saw Ottumwa qualify for state with a 8-3 win over S.E. Polk.
High School tournament baseball takes over center stage tonight. In class 1A District semi final play New London goes to Highland to play the Huskies. KILJ-FM 105.5 and kilj.com will carry the action live from that game. Burlington Notre Dame will host Danville in the other half of district #8. Winners from those two games will play in Mt. Pleasant Saturday night at 7pm
A number of former Iowa Wesleyan College baseball players are playing professional or collegiate league baseball this summer in affiliated or independent leagues around the country. Former Tigers Andre Alvarado and Andrew Barbaro are both members of professional teams. Alvarado and Barbaro are both playing for the Normal (Ill.) CornBelters of the Frontier League. Alvarado and Barbaro both played at Wesleyan in 2006 and 2007 and now both play for the CornBelters, who play in the independent Frontier League. Barbaro, a catcher, has played in 34 games and is batting .214 with 21 hits, seven doubles and seven RBIs in 98 at bats. Alvarado, a shortstop, has played in 13 games and is hitting .292 with 14 hits, four doubles and five RBIs. Two recent IWC players, including a current Tiger, are also playing in collegiate wooden bat leagues this summer. Edder Morales (Sr.-Barquisimeto, Venezuela), the 2010 Midwest Collegiate Conference Player of the Year and an Honorable Mention NAIA All-American, is playing for the Fort Collins (Colo.) Foxes of the Mountain Collegiate Baseball League, while Jay Olson (So.-Agency, Iowa) is playing for the Alfred (N.Y.) Thunder of the New York Collegiate Baseball League. Olson, who will be a junior in 2010-11 at IWC, was recently named to the NYCBL Western Division All-Star Team. Olson has played in all 25 of his team’ – ‘s games and is hitting .263 with 26 hits, three doubles and nine RBIs as well as nine stolen bases. Morales, who completed his eligibility this past season, is hitting .281 with the Foxes with 16 hits in 57 at bats as well as four doubles, two home runs and eight RBIs. He is in his second season with Fort Collins and played with the team in 2009 as well.
National League won the All Star game in Anaheim, Ca. last night 3-1. Kansas City Royals begin the second half of the season with a weekend series at home with Oakland Friday.