Sports, July 12th

High School Postseason Baseball

In Class 1A Substate 6, Burlington Notre Dame will host Moravia for the District 11 championship tomorrow, July 13th, at 7 pm. KILJ 105.5 FM, kilj.com, will be on the call with the pregame show at 6:45 pm. 

BGM and Sigourney will play tomorrow at 7 pm for the District 12 championship. 

In Class 2A Substate 5, Mediapolis will travel to Anamosa tomorrow at 7 pm. 

In Class 3A Substate 5, Mt. Pleasant will host Fort Madison tonight at 7 pm. KILJ 105.5 FM, kilj.com, will be on the call with the pregame show at 6:45 pm. 

Washington will travel to Central DeWitt tonight at 7 pm. 

Fairfield will host Keokuk tonight at 7 pm. 

In Class 4A Substate 8, Burlington will compete against Davenport North at 7 pm tonight on the road. 

High School Postseason Softball

For Class 1A Region 6, Holy Trinity Catholic will face off against Twin Cedars tonight at 7 pm on the road. 

In Class 3A Region 3, Fairfield lost to Albia last night 15-0. The Trojans finished the season with a 10-26 record.  

Class 3A Region 8, West Burlington clobbered Mediapolis last night 14-2. Payton Harris slugged a double and tabbed an RBI along with Delaney Griffith for the Bulldogs. Mediapolis finished the season with a 10-11 record. 

Central Lee handled Camanche last night 8-0. 

Washington shut down Midland last night 10-0. Isabella Salazar tallied three RBIs and pitched a complete game shutout, allowing only three hits and striking out four. 

The Demons will host Central Lee tomorrow, July 13th, at 7 pm with the winner advancing to the regional championship. 

In Class 4A Region 5, Fort Madison’s electric offense pulled off the upset against Keokuk last night, winning 18-7. The Chiefs finished the season with an 11-19 record. 

Fort Madison advanced to the regional semifinals to take on Xavier tomorrow at 7 pm on the road. 

For Class 4A Region 8, Mt. Pleasant traveled to Central DeWitt last night and fell to the Sabers 15-2. The Panthers struck in the fourth inning after a lead off double by Emma Starr led to an RBI single for Macy Jones and Izzy Sloat two at-bats later to cut the lead to three, 5 to 2. Nevertheless, a two-run home run by Isabelle Pierce led to a 10 run inning to end the game early. The Panthers finished the season with a 3-28 record.

Burlington will host Central DeWitt tomorrow night at 7 pm with the winner advancing to the regional championship. 

High School Cross Country

Mt. Pleasant’s optional summer runs, available for 7th through 12th graders, are scheduled Monday through Thursday. The runs will often be led by upperclassmen as coaches may not be present for every run.

On Mondays and Wednesdays the runs will start at 6:30 am at the Old Threshers Museum Theatre and on Tuesdays and Thursdays they will be at Saunders Park by the swimming pool at 7 pm. 

If you have any questions, contact Coach Murray at 319-850-0867. 

Prospect League

The Burlington Bees gave the home crowd a thrilling finish to the game last night with a bases loaded hit by pitch taken by Jace Figuereo to take a 5-4 win over the Thrillville Thrillbillies. Cedric Dunnwald cracked a two-run home run, while Nick Meyer led the team with two RBIs. The Bees will travel to face off against the Alton River Dragons tonight at 6:35 pm. 

The Clinton LumberKings trounced the Normal CornBelters last night 9-1. Jalen Martinez slammed a home run to finish the night with two RBIs along with Chase Womack. The LumberKings will resume their matchup against the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp tonight with the game tied at 0 in the bottom of the 3rd inning. The two will play a full game after. 

This Day in Sports History

1901 – Cy Young wins his 300th baseball game.

1949 – Baseball owners agree to erect warning paths before each fence.

1979 – “Disco Demolition Night” at Comiskey Park: fans go wild destroying disco records and cause the White Sox to forfeit the second game of a doubleheader to the Detroit Tigers due to the damage caused on the field.

Sports, July 11th

High School Postseason Baseball

In Class 1A Substate 6, New London and Burlington Notre Dame resumed their matchup from last night with the game tied at one in the bottom of the 2nd inning. The Nikes wasted no time breaking the tie and securing the 9-1 victory over the Tigers.

The Nikes showed off in every facet of the game with a double play defensively, numerous stolen bases, slugging, and pitching. Landry Haberichter led the squad with a couple of doubles and three RBIs. Memphis Watson had the lone RBI for the Tigers. Notre Dame’s head coach Chris Chiprez talked about his team’s effort after the game,

“New London’s, you know, they’re a good team and they’re going, they’re going to come and battle. And we knew that yesterday was a slow start for us, you know. I think we walked four guys in two innings. We had that air in center field that cost us. When we talked last night about hey, you need to come focus. Ready to play today did the same thing before we went out for infield outfield, talked about focus and, you know, I thought I thought they responded well, you know, they we had some snafu some plays that we didn’t make in the field early but I thought you know I thought our pitching did well tonight and our hitters, you know, they came through the second-half of the game.”

New London finished the season with an 8-15 record.

Burlington Notre Dame will host Moravia for the District 11 championship on Saturday, July 13th, at 7 pm. KILJ 105.5 FM, kilj.com, will be on the call with the pregame show at 6:45 pm. 

BGM and Sigourney will play on Saturday at 7 pm for the District 12 championship. 

In Class 2A Substate 5, Mediapolis will travel to Anamosa on Saturday at 7 pm. 

In Class 3A Substate 5, Mt. Pleasant will host Fort Madison tomorrow, July 12th, at 7 pm. KILJ 105.5 FM, kilj.com, will be on the call with the pregame show at 6:45 pm. 

Washington will travel to Central DeWitt tomorrow at 7 pm. 

Fairfield will host Keokuk tomorrow at 7 pm. 

In Class 4A Substate 8, Burlington will compete against Davenport North at 7 pm tomorrow on the road. 

High School Postseason Softball

For Class 1A Region 6, Winfield-Mt. Union shocked the Holy Trinity Catholic home crowd by taking a 5 to 1 lead into the 5th inning, but the Crusaders rumbled back to win 10-9 in extra innings to advance in the tournament. Makiah Lower went 4 for 5 and Josie Nelson finished with a triple for the Wolves, who ended the season with a 6-20 record.

Danville fell to Twin Cedars last night 10-0. The Bears finished the season with a 5-21 record. 

Holy Trinity Catholic will face off against Twin Cedars tomorrow, July 12th, at 7 pm on the road. 

For Class 2A Region 5, Van Buren County lost 12-1 to Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont last night. The Warriors finished the season with a 14-11 record. 

Class 3A Region 8, Central Lee will host Camanche tonight at 7 pm. 

West Burlington will compete against Mediapolis tonight at 7 pm at home. 

Washington will take on Midland tonight at 7 pm at home. 

In Class 4A Region 5, Keokuk will host Fort Madison tonight at 7 pm in a Southeast Conference matchup. 

For Class 4A Region 8, Mt. Pleasant will travel to Central DeWitt tonight at 7 pm. KILJ 105.5 FM, kilj.com, will be on the call with the pregame show at 6:45 pm. The winner of the matchup will face off against Burlington in the semifinals.  

High School Cross Country

Mt. Pleasant’s optional summer runs, available for 7th through 12th graders, are scheduled Monday through Thursday. The runs will often be led by upperclassmen as coaches may not be present for every run.

On Mondays and Wednesdays the runs will start at 6:30 am at the Old Threshers Museum Theatre and on Tuesdays and Thursdays they will be at Saunders Park by the swimming pool at 7 pm. 

If you have any questions, contact Coach Murray at 319-850-0867. 

Prospect League

The Burlington Bees defeated the Thrillville Thrillbillies last night 6-2. Jace Figuereo and Keanu Spenser each totaled two RBIs in the win. The two will play tonight at Community Field in a rematch with first pitch at 6:30 pm. 

The Clinton LumberKings took on the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp last night in a doubleheader and was swept 11-10 in game one and 9-0 in game two. RJ Sherwood and James Hackett both crushed a home run and collected four RBIs in game one. The LumberKings will face off against the Normal CornBelters tonight at 6:30 pm at home. 

This Day in Sports History

1900 – Charlotte Cooper beats Hélène Prévost to become the first female Olympic tennis champion and the first individual female Olympic champion in any sport.

1914 – Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth makes his MLB debut as a pitcher for Boston Red Sox; earns a 4-3 win against the Cleveland Naps at Fenway Park.

1985 – Astros’ Nolan Ryan is the first to strike out 4000.

Sports, July 10th

High School Baseball

Mt. Pleasant’s late surge against Clarke led to a dominating 11-5 win last night to end the regular season with a 21-8 record. Ben Newton and Payton Walker each hit a home run in the win with Newton leading the team with three RBIs.

High School Postseason Baseball

In Class 1A Substate 6, New London and Burlington Notre Dame had a thrilling start to the game with the two teams trading a run in the first inning and a half; nevertheless, mother nature had other plans as a rainstorm drowned the infield. 

Landry Haberichter scored the Nikes’ only run off an errant throw, while Memphis Watson tied the game with an RBI single. The game will be resumed tonight at SCC with KILJ 105.5 FM, kilj.com, on the call. The winner will face off against Moravia on Saturday, July 13th, at 7 pm. 

On the bottom half of the bracket, Hillcrest Academy fell short against BGM last night, 7-6. Mason Bender and Lawson Schrock each nabbed two RBIs in the loss. The Ravens finished with a 16-5 record.  

BGM and Sigourney will play on Saturday at 7 pm for the District 12 championship. 

In Class 2A Substate 5, Winfield-Mt. Union was handled by Anamosa last night 14-1. The Wolves finished the season with a 9-12 record. 

Mid-Prairie and Mediapolis engaged in a pitching duel that didn’t see a run score until the 6th inning as the Bulldogs stopped a 7th inning rally to win 2-1 last night. The Golden Hawks finished the season with a 19-10 record. 

Mediapolis will travel to Anamosa on Saturday at 7 pm. 

For Class 2A Substate 6, Central Lee’s season came to an end last night as the Hawks lost a tight contest, 5-3, against Pleasantville. The Hawks finished the season with a 16-7 record. 

In Class 3A Substate 5, Mt. Pleasant will host Fort Madison on Friday, July 12th, at 7 pm. KILJ 105.5 FM, kilj.com, will be on the call with the pregame show at 6:45 pm. 

Washington will travel to Central DeWitt on Friday at 7 pm. 

Fairfield will host Keokuk on Friday at 7 pm. 

High School Softball

Fairfield drubbed Knoxville last night 13-5. Olivia Hollander slugged a double and finished with three RBIs. 

High School Postseason Softball

For Class 1A Region 6, Holy Trinity Catholic clobbered WACO last night 13-2. The Crusaders will take on Winfield-Mt. Union tonight at 7 pm at home. 

Danville will travel to Twin Cedars tonight at 7 pm. Head coach Sydney Kramer discussed what she’s hoping to see from her team,

“Just taking it one at a time, that’s been the motto all season long. Just, you know, one pitch at a time, one inning at a time. Try to win the inning each inning just staying confident and seeing the ball.”

For Class 2A Region 5, Van Buren County will face off against Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont tonight at 7 pm at home. 

Class 3A Region 8, Central Lee will host Camanche tomorrow, July 11th, at 7 pm. 

West Burlington will compete against Mediapolis tomorrow at 7 pm at home. 

For Class 4A Region 8, Mt. Pleasant will travel to Central DeWitt tomorrow at 7 pm. KILJ 105.5 FM, kilj.com, will be on the call with the pregame show at 6:45 pm. The winner of the matchup will face off against Burlington in the semifinals.  

High School Cross Country

Mt. Pleasant’s optional summer runs, available for 7th through 12th graders, are scheduled Monday through Thursday. The runs will often be led by upperclassmen as coaches may not be present for every run.

On Mondays and Wednesdays the runs will start at 6:30 am at the Old Threshers Museum Theatre and on Tuesdays and Thursdays they will be at Saunders Park by the swimming pool at 7 pm. 

If you have any questions, contact Coach Murray at 319-850-0867. 

Prospect League

The Burlington Bees lost their home matchup last night to the Alton River Dragons 7-4. Cedric Dunnwald finished with a double and two RBIs in the loss. The Bees will stay at home to take on the Thrillville Thrillbillies tonight at 6:30 pm. 

The Clinton LumberKings had their matchup against the Normal CornBelters last night postponed to July 25th. The LumberKings will continue their July 7th matchup against the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp tonight with a 9-5 lead. The two will play a full game at the conclusion of game one. 

This Day in Sports History

1968 – Major League baseball announces it will split into two divisions for 1969.

1992 – The US Major Soccer League folded after 14 seasons.

2002 – 10th ESPY Awards: Tiger Woods and Venus Williams win. The win made Woods the all-time ESPY award winner.

Sports, July 9th

High School Baseball

Fairfield fell to Pella 6-3 last night. Tallon Bates slugged a double and collected two RBIs in the loss.

Mt. Pleasant had their senior night spoiled last night against Davenport Central, losing 7-1. Payson Coleman had the lone RBI of the night for the Panthers. Mt. Pleasant will travel to Clark tonight at 6 pm to finish their regular season. 

High School Postseason Baseball

In Class 1A Substate 6, New London will make the trip to take on Burlington Notre Dame tonight at 7 pm. KILJ 105.5 FM, kilj.com, will be on the call with the pregame show at 6:45 pm. 

In Class 2A Substate 5, Winfield-Mt. Union will travel to Anamosa tonight to take on the Blue Raiders in the quarterfinal at 7 pm. Head coach Nick Swanson talked about what he wants to see from his team,

“Yeah, just doing the little things. It’s kind of like our approach all year. You know, we want to make sure that we do the little things right, you know. We throw strikes. We make them earn it. You know, I’m a firm believer in, you know, baseball, anything can happen. So we’re definitely going to be ready to go.”

Mediapolis will take on Mid-Prairie tonight at 5 pm on the road.

For Class 2A Substate 6, Central Lee will face off against Pleasantville tonight at 7 pm at Pleasantville. 

In Class 3A Substate 5, Fairfield will host Keokuk on Friday, July 12th, at 7 pm. 

High School Softball

West Burlington was swept by Burlington last night in their doubleheader 10-0 in game one and 10-6 in game two. 

In a battle between two ranked opponents, Cardinal dominated the doubleheader against Central Lee last night, winning 13-1 in game one and 8-2 in game two. 

Mediapolis took on Davis County in a doubleheader last night, losing 11-0 in game one and 6-5 in game two. Delaney Griffith and Kenna Jankowski totaled two RBIs apiece. 

Fairfield will square off against Knoxville tonight at 7:30 pm at home. 

High School Postseason Softball

For Class 1A Region 6, thrilling softball was the name of the game with two games decided by defense in the final inning. 

New London appeared poised to walk off Danville after scoring five runs in the bottom of the 7th inning and having the bases loaded with one out. Nevertheless, Aubrey Nahorny had other ideas, turning an unassisted double play to seal a 9-7 win for the Bears.

Danville’s head coach Sydney Kramer was left speechless after the contest,

“You know, I’m kind of at a loss for words to be honest with you. You know, just watching the girls fight back, this is the rebuilding that we’ve been wanting to see and seeing them reach this goal this year has been everything that I think they’ve all been wanting and just hoping to see it keep going.”

Nahorny also led the Bears with two RBIs and a double. Lillie Gallup and Shaylee Brothersen each tabbed an RBI for the Tigers. New London’s head coach Emily Parks talked about her team’s effort after the game,

“We left base runners on earlier in the game, but you know, we weren’t giving up. We had goals at the beginning. We talked about it at practice yesterday. Our personal goals and our team goals, and everyone of them said that they were not going to give up. We were going until that last strike. I’m so incredibly proud of them, like they did not give up. We had people step into positions that, you know, we hadn’t really played all year. But you know, we had to do what we had to do. And I’m just so proud that they never gave up.”

Danville will travel to Twin Cedars tomorrow, July 10th, at 7 pm. 

Winfield-Mt. Union defeated Pekin 9-8 last night after Josie Nelson threw out the game tying run from center field in the 7th inning to end the game. Nelson also added two RBIs at the plate with a double as Makiah Lower picked up the win in the circle and two RBIs. 

WACO and Holy Trinity Catholic had their matchup postponed to tonight at 7 pm due to a wet field. The winner will take on the Wolves tomorrow at 7 pm. 

For Class 2A Region 5, Van Buren County will face off against Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont tomorrow, July 10th, at 7 pm at home. 

Class 3A Region 8, Central Lee will host Camanche on Thursday, July 11th, at 7 pm. 

West Burlington will compete against Mediapolis on Thursday at 7 pm at home. 

For Class 4A Region 8, Mt. Pleasant will travel to Central DeWitt on Thursday at 7 pm. KILJ 105.5 FM, kilj.com, will be on the call with the pregame show at 6:45 pm. The winner of the matchup will face off against Burlington in the semifinals.  

High School Cross Country

Mt. Pleasant’s optional summer runs, available for 7th through 12th graders, are scheduled Monday through Thursday. The runs will often be led by upperclassmen as coaches may not be present for every run.

On Mondays and Wednesdays the runs will start at 6:30 am at the Old Threshers Museum Theatre and on Tuesdays and Thursdays they will be at Saunders Park by the swimming pool at 7 pm. 

If you have any questions, contact Coach Murray at 319-850-0867. 

Prospect League

The Burlington Bees will host the Alton River Dragons tonight at 6:30 pm. 

The Clinton LumberKings will take on the Normal Cornbelters today.

This Day in Sports History

1877 – First ever Wimbledon tennis championship begins as it was also the first official lawn tennis tournament – men’s singles only.

1948 – Satchel Paige, 42, debuts in the majors pitching two scoreless innings for Cleveland in St. Louis.

1968 – Wilt Chamberlain becomes the first reigning NBA MVP to be traded the next season when he moves from the Philadelphia 76’ers to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Prep Softball: Class 1A Brings the Excitement in the Opening Round

Prep Softball- Rain briefly fell before the start of postseason softball in southeast Iowa and it must have left something in the air because thrilling was the main adjective to describe the action last night.

For Class 1A Region 6, thrilling softball was the name of the game with two games decided by defense in the final inning.

In New London, it was a bitter rivalry between the Tigers and the Danville Bears that got the postseason underway with the road team getting on the board first with an RBI single by Aubrey Nahorny in the top of the first inning. Lillie Gallup knotted the game at one in the second inning with her own single.

The fourth inning was the next big surge of runs with Alivia Bauer placing down an RBI bunt single to cap off a three run fourth inning for the Bears. Shaylee Brothersen would cut the lead in half with an RBI single, 4 to 2 Danville. The sixth inning was when the wheels fell off for the Tigers, surrendering five runs, including a two RBI double for Nahorny and an RBI sacrifice for Marley Garland to give Danville a 9 to 2 lead.

Gracie Huff for Danville and Sophie Malott, the lone senior for New London, shut the other down in the bottom of the sixth and top of the seventh innings to limit the Tigers to three outs and seven runs to score.

New London’s head coach Emily Parks said after the game that she had a team meeting a couple days before the game and her team rallied behind a particular goal,

“We left base runners on earlier in the game, but you know, we weren’t giving up. We had goals at the beginning. We talked about it at practice yesterday. Our personal goals and our team goals, and everyone of them said that they were not going to give up. We were going until that last strike that last out…”

It started with a walk by Brothersen, a bloop single for Morgan Jones. Malott was plucked to load the bases with an out on the board. Megan Lee’s play in the infield induced an error. Lena Nelson worked her third walk of the game to push another run across.

A couple passed balls and errors had New London back in the game. Down 9 to 7 with the bases load only one out, the Tigers seemed destined to take back the game. Then, Nahorny came up with the play on game.

Playing third, Nahorny reeled in a tough popout and stepped on third to record an unassisted double play. Game over, Danville advanced with a 9-7 win over New London.

Like most of the crowd who witnessed the play, Danville’s head coach Sydney Kramer was speechless,

“You know, I’m kind of at a loss for words to be honest with you. You know, just watching the girls fight back, this is the rebuilding that we’ve been wanting to see and seeing them reach this goal this year has been everything that I think they’ve all been wanting and just hoping to see it keep going.”

Coach Parks had nothing but pride to share about the way her team played,

“…I’m so incredibly proud of them, like they did not give up. We had people step into positions that, you know, we hadn’t really played all year. But you know, we had to do what we had to do. And I’m just so proud that they never gave up.”

The Tigers finished the season with a 2-19 record and for Coach Parks it was an emotional goodbye to her one senior, Sophie Malott,

“So she’s my niece. Also. She gives it her all every time like you can put her anywhere on the field and she does her job. I mean, she started all five years and she has played. She was the catcher. She was third and she was short. She was pitcher, you know, she did it. She’s a huge leader on the field. Like I said, she pitched maybe a couple games earlier in the year, but you know, she was always someone that we could rely on to put up there to at least throw strikes. And, you know, she got a couple of strikeouts to end her high school career. So, what more could she ask for? But yeah, she did her part and couldn’t be more proud.”

Danville is set to hit the road against Twin Cedars on Wednesday, July 10th, at 7 pm and the team message could not be clearer,

“Confidence. Just confidence. Keeping it simple. Simple plays,” said coach Kramer. “Seeing the ball when we’re hitting, fielding the ball first. Before you know, we try to make a throw. And just settling in and gaining confidence, I think the 7th inning for us is a prime example of how far we still have to come being such a young team that the second something may slip. Instead of staying confident and sure of ourselves, we kind of start freaking out a little bit. So seeing them rebuild that confidence with that last play was, I think everything that they needed to see themselves to understand that we’re heading in the right direction.”

Elsewhere, Winfield-Mt. Union and Pekin were battling for their seasons as the Wolves clawed their way back from a 7 to 1 deficit to win 9-8. Centerfielder Jose Nelson was the hero, throwing out the tying run at home to win the contest.

Makiah Lower and Nelson, who doubled, led the offense with two RBIs apiece. Kellee Milks tabbed a double and an RBI. Aubrey Valencia and Lilly Heckethorn each notched an RBI.

The Wolves will have to wait for their opponent as Holy Trinity Catholic and WACO had their game postponed to Tuesday night at 7 pm due to a wet field. KILJ will be on the call for that matchup on Wednesday at 7 pm.

In Region 8, Highland trounced Keota 13-1. The Huskies will take on Calamus-Wheatland in a road matchup at 7 pm.

Wapello’s ace Ada Boysen notched 17 strikeouts to defeat Hillcrest Academy 6-2. The Arrows will face off against English Valleys at 7 pm on the road.

Lone Tree lost 12-10 to Springville. The Lions finished the season 12-14.

Sports, July 8th

High School Baseball

Fairfield will take on Pella tonight at 7:30 pm for their final game of the regular season.

Mt. Pleasant will face off against Davenport Central tonight at 7 pm at home. 

High School Postseason Baseball

Postseason baseball officially got underway over the weekend for Class 1A and Class 2A and here’s how our local teams fared. 

In Class 1A Substate 6, Gavin Menke-Bailey’s complete game shutout led New London to a 3-0 win over Pekin. He struck out five batters and added an RBI at the plate. Memphis Watson led the Tigers with a two-RBI double in the 2nd inning.

New London will make the trip to take on Burlington Notre Dame tomorrow, July 9th, at 7 pm. KILJ 105.5 FM, kilj.com, will be on the call with the pregame show at 6:45 pm. 

Danville’s season ended with a 4-1 loss to Keota. The Bears finished the season with a 4-15 record. 

In Class 2A Substate 5, Winfield-Mt. Union defeated Louisa-Muscatine 4-1 with a dominating performance by Trevor Phillips. He started the scoring with an RBI single in the first inning and pitched six innings of one-hit ball, striking out 10 batters. Head coach Nick Swanson talked about his ace’s performance after the game,

“Yeah, I’ve been saying it all year. Trevor Phillips is probably one of the better kids in the state. If he can throw strikes and that’s not a knock to him, it really isn’t. But when he throws strikes, he is dangerous, and you know he’s got two more years with us. So, we’re super excited for him. You know? We’ll shut him down this weekend and you know, hopefully his brother can do some damage for us.”

The Wolves will travel to Anamosa tomorrow to take on the Blue Raiders in the quarterfinal at 7 pm. 

Mediapolis pitched their way to the quarterfinals as Lance Ludens and Max Griffin combined for a near perfect game, shutting down West Burlington 8-0. Ludens also added two RBIs at the plate with a triple in the first inning with Kyler Crow adding his own two RBI triple in the sixth inning. The Falcons ended the season with a 7-14 record.

Mediapolis will take on Mid-Prairie tomorrow at 5 pm at Anamosa. 

For Class 2A Substate 6, Central Lee’s five-run third inning propelled the Hawks to an 8-4 win over Centerville to advance in the postseason. Cory Jones slugged a triple and tabbed three RBIs in the win. The Hawks will face off against Pleasantville tomorrow at 7 pm at Pleasantville. 

Van Buren County fell to Cardinal 8-2. The Warriors finished the season with an 8-17 record. 

High School Softball

Fairfield competed in a tournament at Ottumwa over the weekend and was swept. Game one was a nail biter with the Trojans scoring two runs in the top of the 7th to tie the game, but Ottumwa would walk it off for the 3-2 victory. Game two saw Assumption crush Fairfield 10-1. Leah Helmick led the Trojans with five hits for the weekend. Fairfield will square off against Knoxville tomorrow, July 9th, at 7:30 pm at home. 

West Burlington will take on Burlington tonight in a doubleheader with game one at 5:30 pm. 

Central Lee will take on Cardinal tonight in a doubleheader with game one at 5:30 pm on the road. 

Mediapolis will compete in a doubleheader tonight against Davis County on the road with game one at 5:30 pm. 

High School Postseason Softball

For Class 1A Region 6, New London will be playing host to Danville tonight at 7 pm. KILJ 105.5 FM, kilj.com, will be on the call with the pregame show at 6:45 pm. 

Winfield-Mt. Union will take on Pekin tonight at 7 pm at home. 

WACO will hit the road to face off against Holy Trinity Catholic at 7 pm tonight

For Class 2A Region 5, Van Buren County will face off against Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont on Wednesday, July 10th, at 7 pm at home. 

For Class 4A Region 8, Mt. Pleasant will travel to Central DeWitt on Thursday, July 11th, at 7 pm. KILJ 105.5 FM, kilj.com, will be on the call with the pregame show at 6:45 pm. The winner of the matchup will face off against Burlington in the semifinals.  

High School Cross Country

Mt. Pleasant’s optional summer runs, available for 7th through 12th graders, are scheduled Monday through Thursday. The runs will often be led by upperclassmen as coaches may not be present for every run.

On Mondays and Wednesdays the runs will start at 6:30 am at the Old Threshers Museum Theatre and on Tuesdays and Thursdays they will be at Saunders Park by the swimming pool at 7 pm. 

If you have any questions, contact Coach Murray at 319-850-0867. 

Prospect League

The Burlington Bees picked up their second shutout win of the season with a 5-0 victory over the Springfield Lucky Horseshoes over the weekend. David Theriot Jr. went 6.2 innings, allowing only four hits while fanning four. Bryce Brown led the offense with a double and two RBIs. The Bees had their game against the Normal CornBelters last night postponed to July 27th. 

The Bees will face off against the Lucky Horseshoes tonight on the road at 6:30 pm. 

The Clinton LumberKings had a doubleheader on Saturday against the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp, winning the first game 10-3 but losing game two 5-2. Rayth Petersen and Gage Franck each went deep in game one.

Last night their rematch was halted in the bottom of the 3rd inning with the LumberKings leading 9-5. The game will resume on July 10th. The LumberKings will take on the Cornbelters tomorrow, July 9th. 

This Day in Sports History

1889 John L. Sullivan successfully defends the last officially sanctioned, bare-knuckle world heavyweight prizefighting championship; Jake Kilrain’s trainer throws in the towel after 75 rounds in Mississippi.

1991 – Major league umpire Steve Palermo and former NFL defensive lineman Terence Mann are shot trying to help two waitresses from being robbed.

2010 – During the first round of the John Deere Classic, Paul Goydos became the 4th and oldest player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59; the round included 12 birdies and six pars.

Prep Baseball: Pitching Shines in Postseason Play

Prep Baseball- June has come and gone along with twenty or so regular season baseball games, leading the state of Iowa to dive into postseason play for Class 1A and Class 2A last night. Despite the temperate weather, pitching took center stage for the opening round.

Class 1A

Substate 6 District 11 witnessed New London and Danville travel to Keota for the Tigers to face off against Pekin and the Bears taking on the host team, the Eagles.

The first game of the night had New London jump on Pekin for three runs in the 2nd inning after a two-RBI double from the bat of Memphis Watson. Gavin Menke-Bailey started the game on the mound and picked up the win for the Tigers 3-0 to improve to 8-14 on the season.

The Tigers will stay on the road for the district 11 semifinals as they are set to take on Burlington Notre Dame on Tuesday, July 9th, at 7 pm. KILJ 105.5 FM, kilj.com, will be on the call.

Cole Kindred’s five innings on the bump, allowing only three hits and one run while fanning seven led the charge for Keota’s 4-1 win over Danville last night as Blake Baker added three more Ks to the stat line in relief.

Danville finished the season with a 4-15 record as the Eagles will take on Moravia on the road on Tuesday.

District 12’s Lone Tree upset Highland 9-3, while Hillcrest Academy snuck past HLV 5-4, and BGM took down Wapello 5-3.

Class 2A

KILJ’s double feature in Mediapolis starred four teams and two matchups for Substate 5 District 10: Winfield-Mt. Union versus Louisa-Muscatine and Mediapolis versus West Burlington.

Game one was a rematch of last year’s first round matchup where the Wolves pulled off the upset to win their first postseason game since 2020. This season it was Winfield-Mt. Union who entered as the favorite attempting to beat Louisa-Muscatine for the third time.

Winfield-Mt. Union’s Trevor Phillips was given the ball for the start and for head coach Nick Swanson it was his ace up his sleeve,

“Yeah, I’ve been saying it all year. Trevor Phillips is probably one of the better kids in the state. If he can throw strikes and that’s not a knock to him, it really isn’t. But when he throws strikes, he is dangerous…”

He was dangerous to say the least, allowing only one run on one hit in six innings of work. Additionally, the sophomore fanned 10 Falcons on the night; however, five walks and one hit batter was his only flaw of the night. Phillips also brough his bat with an RBI single in the first inning putting the Wolves on the board first.

Cole Milks added an RBI double and Tyson Kaalberg finished with an RBI himself as the Wolves exited with the 4-1 victory. Hayden Cantrell had the lone hit and RBI for Louisa-Muscatine as they finished with a 5-16 record.

The Wolves will now face off against Anamosa on Tuesday at 7 pm on the road. Coach Swanson talked about his team’s focus heading into the matchup,

“Yeah, just doing the little things. It’s kind of like our approach all year. You know, we want to make sure that we do the little things right, you know. We throw strikes. We make them earn it. You know, I’m a firm believer in, you know, baseball, anything can happen. So, we’re definitely going to be ready to go.”

Mediapolis gave the home crowd something to cheer about in game two with the Bulldogs taking on West Burlington. Lance Ludens and Max Griffin combined for a near perfect game with an error providing the only blemish against the Bulldogs, defeating the Falcons 8-0.

Officially, Ludens went 5.1 innings, tallying seven strikeouts, while Griffin finished the game with two strikeouts. On offense, Ludens got the game rolling with a two-RBI triple that he attempted to extend into an inside-the-park home run.

Kyler Crow knocked in two runs off his own triple in the sixth inning. West Burlington finished the season with a 7-14 record. The Bulldogs will also make the trip to Anamosa to take on Mid-Prairie at 5 pm on Tuesday with the winner advancing to the district 10 championship.

Lastly, we look to Substate 6 District 12 where Van Buren County made the trip to Central Lee. The Warriors were tasked to take on Cardinal in the opening round and held a one-run lead briefly, but Cardinal responded by scoring eight runs in the first four innings. The Comets surrendered a run, but eventually won 8-2.

Van Buren County ended the season with an 8-17 record, while Cardinal advanced to take on Interstate 35 on Tuesday at 7 pm.

On the bottom half of the bracket, Central Lee exploded for five runs in the third inning to take a 5 to 3 lead and never looked back, winning 8-4 over Centerville. Brayden Wyrick finished with a double on two hits and two RBIs. Cory Jones led the team with three RBIs as he smacked a triple for the Hawks.

Central Lee will hit the road to compete against Pleasantville on Tuesday at 7 pm at Pleasantville.

Class 3A and Class 4A will begin their postseason matchups on Friday, July 12th, at 7 pm. KILJ will be on the call as Mt. Pleasant hosts Fort Madison for Class 3A Substate 5.

Sports, July 6th

High School Baseball

Fairfield lost to Solon last night 5-1. Luke Konczal blasted a solo home run for the Trojans. Fairfield will take on Pella on Monday, July 8th, at 7:30 pm for their  final game of the regular season.

Mt. Pleasant will face off against Davenport Central on Monday at 7 pm at home. 

High School Postseason Baseball

New London will travel to Koeta tonight to take on Pekin in the Class 1A Substate 6 first round at 5 pm. 

Danville will square off against Keota at 7 pm tonight on the road. 

Burlington Notre Dame will await the winner of Pekin versus New London on Tuesday, July 9th, at home at 7 pm. 

Mediapolis will host the first round of the Class 2A Substate 5 postseason matchups tonight with Winfield-Mt. Union facing off against Louisa-Muscatine at 5 pm and the Bulldogs taking on West Burlington at 7 pm. KILJ 105.5 FM, kilj.com, will be on the call for both games with the pregame show at 4:45 pm. 

Central Lee will start their Class 2A Substate 6 playoff journey tonight at home against Centerville at 7 pm. 

Van Buren County will play Cardinal at 5 pm tonight at Central Lee. 

High School Softball

Mt. Pleasant fell to Burlington last night 11-0. 

West Burlington split their doubleheader last night, losing game one 3-2  in extra innings and taking game two 9-1. Logan Kelley smacked a two-run homer in game one, while Lauren Krieger and Madelyn Thomas both went deep in game two. The Falcons will take on Burlington on Monday, July 8th, in a doubleheader with game one at 5:30 pm. 

Fairfield will face off against Ottumwa today at 12:30 pm on the road. 

Central Lee will take on Cardinal on Monday in a doubleheader with game one at 5:30 pm on the road. 

Mediapolis will compete in a doubleheader on Monday against Davis County on the road with game one at 5:30 pm. 

High School Postseason Softball

For Class 1A Region 6, New London will be playing host to Danville on Monday, July 8th, at 7 pm. KILJ 105.5 FM, kilj.com, will be on the call with the pregame show at 6:45 pm. 

Winfield-Mt. Union will take on Pekin on Monday at 7 pm at home. 

WACO will hit the road to face off against Holy Trinity Catholic at 7 pm on Monday. 

For Class 2A Region 5, Van Buren County will face off against Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont on Wednesday, July 10th, at 7 pm at home. 

For Class 4A Region 8, Mt. Pleasant will travel to Central DeWitt on Thursday, July 11th, at 7 pm. KILJ 105.5 FM, kilj.com, will be on the call with the pregame show at 6:45 pm. The winner of the matchup will face off against Burlington in the semifinals.  

High School Cross Country

Mt. Pleasant’s optional summer runs, available for 7th through 12th graders, are scheduled Monday through Thursday. The runs will often be led by upperclassmen as coaches may not be present for every run.

On Mondays and Wednesdays the runs will start at 6:30 am at the Old Threshers Museum Theatre and on Tuesdays and Thursdays they will be at Saunders Park by the swimming pool at 7 pm. 

If you have any questions, contact Coach Murray at 319-850-0867. 

Prospect League

In the rubber match of their three-game series, the Clinton LumberKings clobbered the Burlington Bees 11-3. Bryce Brown injected early excitement into the game with a two-run homer for the Bees, but the offense struggled to produce. The LumberKings toed the line of aggressive yet patient offense, tabbing 12 hits and walking eight times. Karson Grout and James Hackett each finished with two RBIs. 

The Burlington Bees will stay at home to face off against the Springfield Lucky Horseshoes at 6:30 pm tonight.

The LumberKings will resume a rain-out game against the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp today, leading 2-0 in the bottom of the 3rd inning. The two will play a full game after the conclusion of game one. 

This Day in Sports History

1887 – Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Lottie Dodd becomes the youngest ever Wimbledon champion (15 years, 285 days); she beats Blanche Bingley 6-2, 6-0.

1956 – MLB Commissioner Ford Frick inaugurates the Cy Young Award, to honor baseball’s outstanding pitcher of the season.

1980 – MLB Philadelphia Phillies starter Steve Carlton fans seven Cardinals to reach 2,836 strikeouts, the most by a left-handed pitcher in MLB history at the time. Later passed by Randy Johnson.