Sports, July 13th

High School Postseason Baseball

In Class 1A, Burlington Notre Dame snatched the #4 seed and the Nikes will face off against Lisbon on July 17th at 1:30 pm. KILJ will be on the call with the pregame show at 1:15 pm from Carroll.

Kingsley-Pierson comes into the tournament as the favorite with a 27-2 record. Lynnville-Sully presents a challenge as the #2 seed with just one loss on the season. Powerhouse, Remsen St. Mary’s is looking to avenge their runner-up finish in last year’s tournament as the #3 seed. 

In Class 2A, Van Buren County will take on West Lyon on July 18th at 1:30 pm in Carroll as the #5 seed. KILJ will be on the call with the pregame show at 1:15 pm.

Beckman Catholic enters as the top seed and they will take on Pella Christian. Cascade will compete against Woodward-Granger. Underwood and Williamsburg will play the last game of the day at 7 pm. There will be no repeat champion as Van Meter was upset by the Eagles in the Substate Championship.

Southeast Conference Baseball

For the Panthers, Zerek Venghaus was named to the 1st Team All-Conference list as he ranked 4th in the conference in batting average with a 0.371 average. Venghaus also scored 21 runs and hit home 14 runs, while collecting 3 wins on the mound with 22 strikeouts and a 2.07 ERA.

Carter Amos, Payton Walker, and Jake Ensminger were all named to the All-Conference 2nd Team. Amos hit for a team leading 24 RBIs and tied for the team lead in home runs with two along with Walker. Walker also hit 0.312 and brought in 15 runs. Ensminger finished the season with 13 RBIs and 2 wins on the mound.

J.C. Sitar and Payson Coleman earned All-Conference Honorable Mentions.

Tate Allen from Fairfield was tabbed the Conference Player of the Year after leading his team in batting average with a 0.316 average as he clobbered 5 doubles with 17 RBIs. Allen also won 5 games on the mound with a 2.03 ERA with 57 strikeouts.

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.

Martensdale-St. Marys is the #1 seed with North Linn taking the #2 seed in the tournament. Both teams fell in the semifinal round last year. 

Regina Catholic is looking to repeat as the Class 2A state champions as they grabbed the #1 seed. Van Meter grabbed the #2 seed with their 34-5 record. 

In Class 3A, Williamsburg has been the top team for the entire season and continue to hold on to that top spot as they take on Albia in the first round. However, Assumption is looking to usurp the Raiders while avenging their loss in the championship game last season.

Winterset has a long way to travel to attempt to repeat as Class 4A champions with the Huskies entering as the #7 seed. North Polk is the favorite, grabbing the #1 seed. 

Lastly, in Class 5A, the #1 seed Ankeny Centennial will look to take down last years champion Waukee Northwest, who is the #3 seed for the tournament with a 31-11 record. 

Southeast Conference Softball

For Mt. Pleasant, Emma Starr was named to the All-Conference 2nd Team. The Junior was a stalwart center fielder for the Panthers as she also collected 10 RBIs at the plate with a 0.262 batting average.

Addison Clark and Kynlee White were also All-Conference Honorable Mentions. Clark batted 0.316 on the season with two home runs and 18 RBIs, tied for the team lead. White led the team in batting average with a 0.329 average as she scored 16 runs and stole 15 bases.

Saydee Plummer for Burlington and Leighton Salazar for Washington took home Co-Conference Player of the Year honors.

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 were demolished by the Champion City Kings last night 20-1. Brandon Bickford clobbered a home run in the losing effort. The Bees will face off against the Johnstown Mill Rats tonight on the road. 

The Clinton LumberKings doubleheader against the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp was postponed last night. The first game will be played on July 27th and the second game will take place on July 31st. The LumberKings will take on the Springfield Lucky Horseshoes tonight at home. 

This Day in Sports History

1896 – Philadelphia outfielder Ed Delahanty becomes second major leaguer to hit 4 HRs in a game as Phillies lose 9-8 to Chicago Colts at the West Side Grounds, Chicago.

1919 – Boston Red Sox pitcher Carl Mays walks off the mound blaming teammates for lack of support in the field.

1963 – British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: Bob Charles of New Zealand wins his only major championship in a 36-hole playoff, 8 strokes ahead of runner-up Phil Rodgers; becomes first left-hander to win a major title.