KILJ-FM 105.5 and kilj.com will bring you live coverage of the New London Tigers State Softball Tournament action. Play begins today at Rogers Sports Complex in Ft. Dodge. New London ranked 10th with a 30-9 record will play defending 1A State Champ #2 ranked Martensdale St. Mary’s who has a record of 30-2 at 1:30 p.m. on diamond #2.
Martensdale Blue Devils are making their 6th straight state tournament appearance and New London who appears for the first time since they finished 2nd to Highland in the 2007 tournament, both have young lineups with many freshman and sophomores in starting positions. Martensdale leads Class 1A in batting with a team average of .423, and average 9 runs per game. New London hits well also at .341 and scores 7 runs per game.
New London pitcher Morgan Christner has struck out 360 batters this year, that is second best over all classes in the state, her ERA is 1.35. Martensdale has divided their pitching between freshman Riley Verwers who has an ERA of 1.63 and Elizabeth Gerdes who has an ERA of 1.38, both have struck out less than 100 batters.
Two good teams with lots of good players should make for a great first round game that you will here live on KILJ at 1:30 today.
The Van Buren Warriors baseball team in Class 1A and the Mediapolis Bulldogs in Class 2A are each one win away from capturing State Baseball Tournament Berths. Van Buren Saturday night beat IMS 5-2, they now play Preston at Iowa City West at 7 p.m. tomorrow night.
Mediapolis defeated Mid Prairie Saturday night 6-1, the Bulldogs now play Albia at Fairfield Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
Burlington upset #4 ranked Muscatine in Class 4A substate baseball 5-4, the Grayhounds will play North Scott tonight at North Scott at 7 p.m. in the semi finals.
Ft. Madison scored early and hung on late to hand the Mt. Pleasant Panther baseball team a 5-2 defeat in the first round of the 3A District Tournament at Fairfield Friday night. The Bloodhounds scored 3 runs in the bottom of the first inning and that proved to be all the offense they needed, but they did add an insurance run in the 4th and 5th innings. M.P. got their 2 runs in the top of the 3rd inning. Connor Shull suffered the loss on the mound, with relief help from Alex Moore. Leading the Panther hitting was Justin Chalupa who went 2-3. Mt. Pleasant ends the year with a 17-13 mark and Ft. Madison who is 17-22 advances onto to play Fairfield on the Trojans home field tonight at 7 p.m. The Trojans beat Washington by a 5-2 score also Friday night in the second game.
In the other half of the substate Friday night Chariton beat Keokuk 10-0, Centerville won 2-1 over Oskaloosa. Those winners also meet tonight in Centerville
Ottumwa softball coach Frank Huston will be awarded the Golden Plaque of Distinction and record-setting stolen base leader Jennifer Jorgensen leads a class of four players headed to the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s softball hall of fame.
The coach and players will be honored during this week’s state tournament at Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge.
Huston will lead his 27th team to state. He has won 1,673 games in his career, the second-highest total in the country.
Jorgensen, played at Southeast Webster-Grand of Burnside, she stole a national best 320 bases, according to the National High School Sports Record Book. Including her eighth-grade season, she had 380 steals.
Two former Central College all-American pitchers also will be inducted into the hall of fame. Libby Hysell of Colfax-Mingo, who played from 1994-99, won 88 games in her high school career. Emily Grimes, who played at Newton and Pella Christian from 1987-90, went 112-15 in high school.
Spirit Lake’s Rachel Gerking, who posted a career batting average of .503, also will be honored. She went on to play at Northern Iowa.
Saturday night at 34 Raceway gave fans plenty of action as the point battles continue. Brothers Ryan Cook, Hillsboro (modifieds) and Jason Cook, Mt. Pleasant (stock cars) for the first time ever both won feature races on the same night, at the same track, in their respective classes. Danville’s Justin Newberry held off John Schulz and Donnie Steward in a close finish for his first win this season and Daniel Keltner, Wapello, picked up his first mod lite feature win. Bobby Anders, Quincy, Il., and Austen Becerra, Carthage, Il. made return trips to the winners circle.
Coming up Saturday, July 27 is Crazy Coyote Bike Nike with racing action including UMP Super Late Models, Coors Silver Bullet IMCA Modifieds, Weikert Iron and Metal IMCA Sport Mods, Pepsi IMCA Stock Cars, 4 Cylinders and Mod Lites. All bikers will be admitted FREE with the agreement they will take a parade lap around the track at intermission on their bikes. (Bikers will need to stop by Crazy Coyote, Burlington, to receive your free admission ticket.
The 2nd annual Mile Mile run is coming up August 3. A straight one mile dirt road course will be used, in case of mud a grass loop run will be held.
The event is located at: 2332 210TH ST. just outside of Mt. Pleasant Ia. And begins at
9:00 AM. The event is a dirt road straight mile race. All proceeds go to the Mt Pleasant XC team. The race will be from Mile Ave on 210th to Nebraska Ave. It is a hard packed dirt farm field road.
Entry fees are $5 and there will not be any shirts. This is an old school race. Awards will be to male and female winners in Grade school, middle school, high school, college and open divisions.
Contact Lyle Murray 319 850-0867 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The Columbus cross country team will hold two fund-raising runs at Chinkapin Bluffs Recreation Area in August. The first one will be Thursday, August 8, and the second will be Tuesday, August 13. The runs begin at 5:30 p.m. There will be a 3-mile run on the grass trail and a kids’ run on the gravel path. Entry fee is $5, which benefits the Columbus cross country team. Registration will be at 4:30, with the runs starting at 5:30. For more information, contact Steve Riley (319-217-0130).
Whitetails Unlimited is sponsoring the Mt. Pleasant Banquet on Thursday, September 19, at Manning Hall, 601 So. Jackson Street, Mt. Pleasant. This special event will feature a two-meat dinner, auction, and prizes with a wide array of products such as firearms, outfitter packages, hunting and outdoor related equipment, artwork, and collectibles only available at WTU events. Proceeds from this fundraising event will go toward projects that uphold WTU’s mission.
The social hour begins at 5:15 p.m. with dinner at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 each, or $20 for a spouse or child. Ticket order deadline is August 29, and tickets will not be sold at the door.
To order tickets locally, call Dan Cook at 319-931-0093 or WTU National Headquarters at 800-274-5471, or go online at www.whitetailsunlimited.com. You may also call, Scott Martin at 319-850-1397, Joe Ruby at 319-931-3341, Randy White at 319-986-6996, or Benny Lee at 573-308-5485.