Sports, July 18th

High School Postseason Baseball

In Class 1A, Burlington Notre Dame fell to Lisbon yesterday 5-0. Hunter Clark had the Nikes off balance as he finished with a complete game shutout win that included a pair of strikeouts. Spencer Brent, Caden Schwenker, and Isaiah Crow each notched a hit in the contest, but second base was the furthest the Nikes got on the base path. Hunter Shipley is the lone senior on this squad that finished the season with a 26-7 record and Coach Chiprez talked about how important he was to the team. 

“He’s been lights out for us and we wouldn’t be in the position we’re in right now if it weren’t for him.” Despite the loss, the future of the team is bright. 

“There’s a good possibility for us to be back here next year.”

Kingsley-Pierson won their first round matchup 6-1 and will take on Lisbon tomorrow, July 19th. Remsen St. Mary’s took down Saint Ansgar 3-1, while Lynnville-Sully almost watched their 8-run lead disappear, but still managed to come out on top 8-7 over Gehlen Catholic. Remsen St. Mary’s and Lynnville-Sully will face off tomorrow.

In Class 2A, Van Buren County will take on West Lyon today at 1:30 pm in Carroll as the #5 seed. KILJ will be on the call with the pregame show at 1:15 pm. Coach Scott tabbed his pitching staff as his “X-Factors” heading into the game.

In Class 3A, North Polk took down Spencer 3-1 and Carlisle silenced the powerful Marion offense to win 5-2. The Comets and Wildcats will compete tomorrow. 

Western Dubuque handled Harlan Community 10-0 and Wahlert Catholic did the same, defeating Ballard 11-1. The Golden Eagles and the Bobcats will square off tomorrow. 

In Class 4A, Johnston will start the day by taking on Iowa City Liberty.

High School Postseason Softball

In the Class 1A state tournament, 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. Their games will be played tonight.

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. The Regals will start Class 2A action today at 1 pm against Northeast. 

In Class 3A, Williamsburg will take on Estherville Lincoln Central in the semifinals after the Raiders defeated Albia 11-1 and Davis County fell 11-3. 

The #2 seed Assumption will play Saydel and Wahlert Catholic will take on Benton today.

In Class 4A, Winterset’s chances to repeat grew a little larger after taking down Carlisle 11-5. Fort Dodge defeated ADM 8-3. The bottom half of the bracket was upset central with North Scott taking down the #1 seed North Polk 7-4. Norwalk cruised past Western Dubuque 12-2 to advance. The consolation bracket will continue play today and the winners bracket will compete tomorrow. 

In Class 5A, Ankeny Centennial defeated Bettendorf 7-1 and Southeast Polk took down Valley 5-2 as they both advanced in the winners bracket. The bottom half of the bracket featured upsets with Muscatine defeating Ankeny 3-0 and Pleasant Valley taking down last year’s champion Waukee Northwest 5-4. The consolation bracket will be in action today with the winners bracket playing tomorrow. 

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 won their resumed game against the Quincy Gems last night 5-4 after 10 innings, but lost to the Gems 8-3 in their second game of the night. Caleb Wulf had the walk off RBI single in game one. 

Corey Boyette and Keanu Spenser picked up an RBI apiece in the losing effort last night. The Bees will face off against the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp tonight at home.

The Clinton LumberKings fell to the Thrillville Thrillbillies last night 9-6 after the Thrillbillies scored 8 runs between the 6th and 7th innings. Darrell Jean and Nick Meyer each tallied two RBIs in the losing effort. The LumberKings will take on the Cape Catfish tonight on the road. 

This Day in Sports History

1914 – MLB Boston Braves start ‘miracle’ move from last place to become World Series champs.

1959 – William ‘Bill’ Wright becomes the first African American to win a major golf tournament (U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships).

1975 – Jury can’t decide on trial of Dave Forbes of Boston Bruins (first athlete indicted for excessive violence during play).