Sports, July 19th

High School Postseason Baseball

In Class 2A, Van Buren County played tough, but their comeback attempt fell just short as West Lyon advanced to the semifinals after winning 6-5. The Warriors found themselves down 6 to 0 after three innings of play, but came roaring back to life in the 4th inning with an RBI double by Dylan Richardson, four total walks, three wild pitches, and an RBI groundout by Taylor Sprouse made the game 6 to 5.

Lucas Fett entered the final two innings on the mound and struck out four Wildcats to provide Van Buren County a chance. Despite a two out double by Izaak Loeffler, the Warriors just could not find that big hit. Van Buren County finished the season with a 26-4 record and Coach Scott talked about how much he enjoyed this season.

Beckman Catholic slipped past Pella Christian 5-4 after forcing the game to go into extra innings. The Trailblazers will face off against West Lyon tomorrow, July 20th. Underwood cruised past Williamsburg 7-2, while Cascade defeated Woodward-Granger 7-6. The Eagles will take on the Cougars tomorrow.

In Class 4A, Johnston defeated Iowa City Liberty yesterday 9-3. The Dragons will face off against Dowling Catholic after the Maroons snuck past Dallas Center-Grimes 4-3.

Cedar Falls pulled off the upset knocking out Southeast Polk in resounding fashion, 11-1. Ames followed suit by taking down the #2 seed Iowa City High 9-7 to move on to the semifinals. Both games will be played tomorrow.

In Class 1A, Kingsley-Pierson will take on Lisbon and Remsen St. Mary’s and Lynnville-Sully will face off today.

In Class 3A, North Polk and Carlisle will compete today.

Western Dubuque and Wahlert Catholic will square off tonight.

High School Postseason Softball

In the Class 1A state tournament, Martensdale-St. Marys beat St. Edmond 1-0 and Wayne took down Remsen St. Mary’s 8-2. In the bottom half of the bracket, Sigourney fell to North Linn 1-0 and Clarksville surprised Southeast Warren 7-1 to advance to the semifinals. The winners bracket and the consolation bracket will play today.

In Class 2A, Regina Catholic and Interstate 35 will compete in the winners bracket after the Regals took down Northeast 4-3 and Lisbon fell 9-5 to Interstate 35. Van Meter defeated Missouri Valley 6-1 and Central Springs won 8-2. Both sides of the bracket will compete today.

In Class 3A, Williamsburg will take on Estherville Lincoln Central in the semifinals.

The #2 seed Assumption defeated Saydel 5-0 and Wahlert Catholic handled Benton 10-0. In the consolation bracket, Davis County won against Albia 5-4. The semifinals and the consolation bracket will continue today. 

In the consolation bracket for Class 4A, Carlisle took down ADM 7-5 and North Polk defeated Western Dubuque 8-2. 

In the winners bracket, Winterset will square off against Fort Dodge and North Scott will compete against Norwalk today.

In the consolation bracket for Class 5A, Bettendorf defeated Valley 8-3 and last year’s champion Waukee Northwest won against Ankeny 6-4. 

In the winners bracket, Ankeny Centennial will face off against Southeast Polk and Muscatine will take on Pleasant Valley today.

Mt. Pleasant Basketball

The Panther Hoopla basketball camp has been moved from Mt. Pleasant High School to the Middle School for today and tomorrow due to the air condition project at the high school.

Use the entrance on the northeast side of the middle school.

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 fended off the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp last night to win 8-7. Trent Rice clobbered a two-run shot to deep left field to aid the winning effort. The teams will compete in a rematch tomorrow, July 20th, on the road. 

The Clinton LumberKings were shutout by the Cape Catfish last night 5-0. Trevor Burkhart finished the game 2 for 4. The LumberKings will face off against the Quincy Gems tonight on the road. 

This Day in Sports History

1877 – First Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: 27-year-old English rackets player Spencer Gore wins inaugural event; beats William Marshall 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.

1884 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Maud Watson becomes inaugural female champion by beating her sister Lillian Watson 6–8, 6–3, 6–3.

1910 – Cy Young wins the 500th game of his Baseball Hall Of Fame career as the Cleveland Naps beat the Washington Senators, 5 – 2, in 11 innings; only pitcher in MLB history to reach milestone.