Sports, July 12th

High School Postseason Baseball

In Class 1A Substate 5, Burlington Notre Dame punched their ticket to the state tournament after sneaking past Hillcrest Academy last night 4-3. The Nikes took a 3 to 0 lead in the 2nd inning after Eli Oleson, Dylan Kipp, and Isaiah Crow loaded up the bases to lead off the inning. Maddox Diewold pushed across the first run on a squeeze bunt and the next two runs scored on a throwing error. 

The next run would not score until the 5th inning when Logan Brent slapped an RBI single to score Spence Brent, allowing the Nikes to take a 4 to 0 lead. The Ravens made things interesting in the 6th inning with a bases loaded hit by pitch and a 2 RBI single by Liam Schrock to make it a 4 to 3 game. 

After the Nikes could not add any insurance runs in the bottom of the 6th inning, it was up to the defense to win the game. Luke Schrock led the inning off with a single, but a nifty 5-4-3 double play quickly flipped the momentum in the Nikes direction with a lineout to Diewold on the next play sealing the deal. Coach Chiprez talked about his never-say-die-squad after the game. The Nikes will face off against Lisbon on July 17th in the first round of the state tournament at 1:30 pm.

In the Class 2A Substate 5 championship game, Van Buren County defeated Mid-Prairie in a 6-4 thriller last night. The Warriors took a 3 to 1 lead in the third inning after a two RBI double by Jackson Manning and Lucas Fett stole home. Nevertheless, Mid-Prairie took back the lead in the 6th inning after scoring three runs. Down to their final three outs, the Warriors scored three runs to take the 6 to 4 lead and Manning shut down the Golden Hawks to pick up the win. The Warriors will take on West Lyon on July 18th at 1:30 pm for the first round of the state tournament. 

High School Postseason Softball

In the Class 1A state tournament, Sigourney grabbed the #7 seed and will face off against North Linn in the first round on July 18th at 7 pm.

In Class 3A Region 8, West Burlington fell to Assumption last night 3-2. The Falcons finished the season with a 23-11 record.

In Class 4A Region 6, Burlington was defeated by Norwalk 5-0 yesterday. The Grayhounds ended the season with a 20-9 record.

Mt. Pleasant Cross Country

On Mondays and Wednesdays, runs will begin at the Old Threshers Museum Theatre at 6:30 am.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, runs will start at 7 pm at Saunders Park by the swimming pool.

The runs will continue throughout the summer until the middle of August. If you have any questions, reach out to Coach Murray at 319-850-0867.

Prospect League

The Burlington Bees took down the Lafayette Aviators last night 14-8. Corey Boyette smacked a three-run homer and led the team with 5 RBIs. Trent Rice tallied 3 RBIs in the winning effort. The Bees will travel to take on the Champion City Kings tonight.

The Clinton LumberKings defeated the Normal CornBelters yesterday 13-7. Jeremy Figueroa clobbered a three-run home run to finish with 4 RBIs in the contest. The LumberKings will face off against the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp today in a doubleheader.

This Day in Sports History

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

1954 – Major League Baseball Players Association is founded.

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.