Sports: July 7th

High School Postseason Softball

In Class 4A Region 6, Keokuk was the location of heartbreak central as the Chiefs took down Mt. Pleasant 8-7 last night. Keokuk put the first two runs on the board off of an RBI single by Ada Wood and a sacrifice by Gracie Thompson. Saige Burchett flipped the script with a 3-run homer in the second inning to give the Panthers a 3 to 2 lead. The Chiefs tied the game in the third inning.

Burchett continued dominating at the plate as she demolished another ball over the left field fence to take back the lead and an RBI for Ella McNamee gave the Panthers an insurance run to lead 5 to 3. McNamee would add another RBI in the 6th with Jayden Housh making it 7 to 3 Panthers. The Chiefs would score one in the bottom of the 6th inning before pushing across 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning including the game winning bases loaded walk to punch their ticket to the next round. 

The Panthers finished the season with a 5-25 record. The Chiefs will take on Norwalk tomorrow, July 8th.

In Class 1A Region 8, Sigourney and Wapello will face off tomorrow at 7 pm with the winner going to the regional championship. 

In Class 3A Region 8, Washington’s 4 RBI performance by Haley Mitchell helped propel the Demons past Central Lee 10-1 yesterday. The Hawks end the season with a 21-8 record. The Demons will take on Assumption tomorrow at 7 pm.

It took 9 innings, but West Burlington snuck out with the 2-1 win over Fairfield last night. Lauren Summers went all 9 innings in the circle as she fanned 12 Trojans on her way to the win. Fairfield ended the season with a 13-15 record. The Falcons will face off against West Liberty tomorrow at 7 pm on the road.

In Class 4A Region 6, Knoxville beat Fort Madison yesterday 3-2. The Bloodhounds finished the season with a 16-13 record. The Panthers will travel to take on Burlington tomorrow. 

High School Postseason Baseball

In Class 1A Substate 5: District 9, Burlington Notre Dame will take on Moravia tomorrow, July 8th, at 7 pm. KILJ will be on the call with the pregame show at 6:45 pm.

In Class 2A Substate 5: District 10, Van Buren County handled Winfield-Mt. Union last night 12-0. Anthony Duncan, Tyler Stoltz, and Dylan Richardson each collected 2 RBIs. The Wolves finished the season with a 6-14 record. 

Mediapolis breezed past Central Lee 11-1 yesterday to move on to the next round where the Bulldogs will take on the Warriors in the district championship tomorrow at 7 pm.

In Class 3A Substate 4, Washington will take on the #2 seed Davenport Assumption at 5 pm.

In Class 3A Substate 5, we will see a Southeast Conference matchup to start off the playoffs with Mt. Pleasant hosting Fairfield at 7 pm. KILJ will be on the call with pregame at 6:45 pm. 

Fort Madison will travel to take on Benton and Keokuk is on the road to face off against Cedar Rapids Xavier with both games taking place at 7 pm.

Class 4A will have 8 substates and brackets of 6 teams. Each team will have an opponent for the first round with the highest winning seed getting a bye to the next round. Burlington will take on North Scott in Substate 6 as the #4 seed.

The first round for Class 3A and 4A will take place tonight. 

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 will face off against the Quincy Gems tonight.

The Clinton LumberKings defeated the Quincy Gems last night 10-5. Tate Gillen went 2 for 3 with a double and a home run to lead the winning effort with 6 RBIs. The LumberKings will have a doubleheader tomorrow, July 8th, against the Normal CornBelters.

This Day in Sports History

1912 – American athlete Jim Thorpe wins 4 of 5 events to win the Pentathlon gold medal at the Stockholm Olympics, medal stripped 1913 (played pro baseball), reinstated 1982.

1934 – Mary Hirsch, daughter of 3-time Kentucky Derby winning trainer Max Hirsch, becomes the  first woman to be licensed to train thoroughbred horses in the United States.

1985 – Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Boris Becker beats South African Kevin Curren 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 to become the youngest man (17) to win a Wimbledon singles title.