Sports, July 4th

High School Baseball

Mt. Pleasant brought their bats to Davis County last night, drubbing the Mustangs 12-1. The Panthers will face off against Davenport Central on Monday, July 8th, at 7 pm at home. 

In a matchup between two of the top teams in their respective classes, Burlington Notre Dame’s clutch offense led to the 5-4 victory last night over Mid-Prairie. 

Fairfield fell to Clear Creek Amana last night 12-0. Nate Konczal nabbed the lone hit of the night for the Trojans. Fairfield will take on Solon tomorrow, July 5th, at 7 pm on the road. 

High School Postseason Baseball

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

Danville will square off against Keota at 7 pm on Saturday 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 Saturday matchups 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,, 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 on Saturday at home against Centerville at 7 pm. 

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

High School Softball

Mt. Pleasant was defeated by West Burlington last night 15-2. Lauren Krieger and Madalynn Knapp each clobbered home runs with Knapp leading the Falcons with four RBIs followed by Krieger with two. Keagyn Coleman went 2 for 3 for the Panthers. 

Mt. Pleasant will take on Burlington tomorrow, July 5th, for their makeup game at 5:30 pm on the road. 

West Burlington will travel to Davenport North tomorrow for a doubleheader with game one at 5 pm. 

Winfield-Mt. Union was shutout by Columbus last night 10-0. 

Fairfield fell to Albia last night 10-0. The Trojans will face off against Ottumwa on Saturday, July 6th, at 12:30 pm on the road. 

Central Lee competed against Burlington in a doubleheader last night and was swept 8-2 in game one and 5-3 in game two. The Hawks 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, July 8th, 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,, 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. 

High School Softball Rankings

The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union released their 7th edition of the top 15 for the five classes and southeast Iowa kept their three teams in the rankings with minimal movement.

In Class 4A, Burlington stayed put at #13 and after adding two wins last night the Grayhounds boast a 19-5 record for the season. Saydee Plummer is a force in the circle with a 0.78 ERA with 128 strikeouts on the season, while Kylie Hill provides the power to the squad with four home runs and five doubles.

For Class 3A, Washington remained ranked at #13 despite going 1-7 in their last eight contests. Something to note is five of those eight games were against teams also ranked in the top 15 of their classes (#12 Clear Creek Amana, #13 Burlington, and #11 Louisa-Muscatine). The Salazars lead this squad with Isabella claiming a 2.67 ERA in over 100 innings pitched, while Leighton is batting 0.517 with three triples and 29 RBIs. 

Central Lee’s 2-3 record in their past five games resulted in the Hawks being knocked down a spot to #15 in the rankings. Their slash line of 0.406/0.488/0.596 is tops in Class 3A. 

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 hosted their 4th of July festivities last night against the Clinton LumberKings, but it was the LumberKings who provided the fireworks, swatting the Bees 11-5. Karson Grout’s home run helped him amass a game high four RBIs. Skylar Agnew had his own home run for the Bees as he tabbed two RBIs.

Clinton will host their 4th of July matchup tonight against Burlington at 6:30 pm. 

This Day in Sports History

1939 – Lou Gehrig is the first MLB player to have his number (4) retired on his “Appreciation Day” at Yankee Stadium, making the iconic “luckiest man” speech.

1980 – Nolan Ryan becomes the fourth pitcher to register 3,000 MLB strikeouts.

1995 – The Birmingham Barracudas (based in Alabama) play their first CFL game beating Winnipeg 38-10 but the failed experiment only lasts one season.