Sports, July 8th

High School Baseball

Fairfield will take on Pella tonight at 7:30 pm for their final game of the regular season.

Mt. Pleasant will face off against Davenport Central tonight at 7 pm at home. 

High School Postseason Baseball

Postseason baseball officially got underway over the weekend for Class 1A and Class 2A and here’s how our local teams fared. 

In Class 1A Substate 6, Gavin Menke-Bailey’s complete game shutout led New London to a 3-0 win over Pekin. He struck out five batters and added an RBI at the plate. Memphis Watson led the Tigers with a two-RBI double in the 2nd inning.

New London will make the trip to take on Burlington Notre Dame tomorrow, July 9th, at 7 pm. KILJ 105.5 FM,, will be on the call with the pregame show at 6:45 pm. 

Danville’s season ended with a 4-1 loss to Keota. The Bears finished the season with a 4-15 record. 

In Class 2A Substate 5, Winfield-Mt. Union defeated Louisa-Muscatine 4-1 with a dominating performance by Trevor Phillips. He started the scoring with an RBI single in the first inning and pitched six innings of one-hit ball, striking out 10 batters. Head coach Nick Swanson talked about his ace’s performance after the game,

“Yeah, I’ve been saying it all year. Trevor Phillips is probably one of the better kids in the state. If he can throw strikes and that’s not a knock to him, it really isn’t. But when he throws strikes, he is dangerous, and you know he’s got two more years with us. So, we’re super excited for him. You know? We’ll shut him down this weekend and you know, hopefully his brother can do some damage for us.”

The Wolves will travel to Anamosa tomorrow to take on the Blue Raiders in the quarterfinal at 7 pm. 

Mediapolis pitched their way to the quarterfinals as Lance Ludens and Max Griffin combined for a near perfect game, shutting down West Burlington 8-0. Ludens also added two RBIs at the plate with a triple in the first inning with Kyler Crow adding his own two RBI triple in the sixth inning. The Falcons ended the season with a 7-14 record.

Mediapolis will take on Mid-Prairie tomorrow at 5 pm at Anamosa. 

For Class 2A Substate 6, Central Lee’s five-run third inning propelled the Hawks to an 8-4 win over Centerville to advance in the postseason. Cory Jones slugged a triple and tabbed three RBIs in the win. The Hawks will face off against Pleasantville tomorrow at 7 pm at Pleasantville. 

Van Buren County fell to Cardinal 8-2. The Warriors finished the season with an 8-17 record. 

High School Softball

Fairfield competed in a tournament at Ottumwa over the weekend and was swept. Game one was a nail biter with the Trojans scoring two runs in the top of the 7th to tie the game, but Ottumwa would walk it off for the 3-2 victory. Game two saw Assumption crush Fairfield 10-1. Leah Helmick led the Trojans with five hits for the weekend. Fairfield will square off against Knoxville tomorrow, July 9th, at 7:30 pm at home. 

West Burlington will take on Burlington tonight in a doubleheader with game one at 5:30 pm. 

Central Lee will take on Cardinal tonight in a doubleheader with game one at 5:30 pm on the road. 

Mediapolis will compete in a doubleheader tonight 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 tonight 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 tonight at 7 pm at home. 

WACO will hit the road to face off against Holy Trinity Catholic at 7 pm tonight

For Class 2A Region 5, Van Buren County will face off against Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont on Wednesday, July 10th, at 7 pm at home. 

For Class 4A Region 8, Mt. Pleasant will travel to Central DeWitt on Thursday, July 11th, at 7 pm. KILJ 105.5 FM,, will be on the call with the pregame show at 6:45 pm. The winner of the matchup will face off against Burlington in the semifinals.  

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 picked up their second shutout win of the season with a 5-0 victory over the Springfield Lucky Horseshoes over the weekend. David Theriot Jr. went 6.2 innings, allowing only four hits while fanning four. Bryce Brown led the offense with a double and two RBIs. The Bees had their game against the Normal CornBelters last night postponed to July 27th. 

The Bees will face off against the Lucky Horseshoes tonight on the road at 6:30 pm. 

The Clinton LumberKings had a doubleheader on Saturday against the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp, winning the first game 10-3 but losing game two 5-2. Rayth Petersen and Gage Franck each went deep in game one.

Last night their rematch was halted in the bottom of the 3rd inning with the LumberKings leading 9-5. The game will resume on July 10th. The LumberKings will take on the Cornbelters tomorrow, July 9th. 

This Day in Sports History

1889 John L. Sullivan successfully defends the last officially sanctioned, bare-knuckle world heavyweight prizefighting championship; Jake Kilrain’s trainer throws in the towel after 75 rounds in Mississippi.

1991 – Major league umpire Steve Palermo and former NFL defensive lineman Terence Mann are shot trying to help two waitresses from being robbed.

2010 – During the first round of the John Deere Classic, Paul Goydos became the 4th and oldest player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59; the round included 12 birdies and six pars.