Sports, July 9th

High School Baseball

Fairfield fell to Pella 6-3 last night. Tallon Bates slugged a double and collected two RBIs in the loss.

Mt. Pleasant had their senior night spoiled last night against Davenport Central, losing 7-1. Payson Coleman had the lone RBI of the night for the Panthers. Mt. Pleasant will travel to Clark tonight at 6 pm to finish their regular season. 

High School Postseason Baseball

In Class 1A Substate 6, New London will make the trip to take on Burlington Notre Dame tonight at 7 pm. KILJ 105.5 FM,, will be on the call with the pregame show at 6:45 pm. 

In Class 2A Substate 5, Winfield-Mt. Union will travel to Anamosa tonight to take on the Blue Raiders in the quarterfinal at 7 pm. Head coach Nick Swanson talked about what he wants to see from his team,

“Yeah, just doing the little things. It’s kind of like our approach all year. You know, we want to make sure that we do the little things right, you know. We throw strikes. We make them earn it. You know, I’m a firm believer in, you know, baseball, anything can happen. So we’re definitely going to be ready to go.”

Mediapolis will take on Mid-Prairie tonight at 5 pm on the road.

For Class 2A Substate 6, Central Lee will face off against Pleasantville tonight at 7 pm at Pleasantville. 

In Class 3A Substate 5, Fairfield will host Keokuk on Friday, July 12th, at 7 pm. 

High School Softball

West Burlington was swept by Burlington last night in their doubleheader 10-0 in game one and 10-6 in game two. 

In a battle between two ranked opponents, Cardinal dominated the doubleheader against Central Lee last night, winning 13-1 in game one and 8-2 in game two. 

Mediapolis took on Davis County in a doubleheader last night, losing 11-0 in game one and 6-5 in game two. Delaney Griffith and Kenna Jankowski totaled two RBIs apiece. 

Fairfield will square off against Knoxville tonight at 7:30 pm at home. 

High School Postseason Softball

For Class 1A Region 6, thrilling softball was the name of the game with two games decided by defense in the final inning. 

New London appeared poised to walk off Danville after scoring five runs in the bottom of the 7th inning and having the bases loaded with one out. Nevertheless, Aubrey Nahorny had other ideas, turning an unassisted double play to seal a 9-7 win for the Bears.

Danville’s head coach Sydney Kramer was left speechless after the contest,

“You know, I’m kind of at a loss for words to be honest with you. You know, just watching the girls fight back, this is the rebuilding that we’ve been wanting to see and seeing them reach this goal this year has been everything that I think they’ve all been wanting and just hoping to see it keep going.”

Nahorny also led the Bears with two RBIs and a double. Lillie Gallup and Shaylee Brothersen each tabbed an RBI for the Tigers. New London’s head coach Emily Parks talked about her team’s effort after the game,

“We left base runners on earlier in the game, but you know, we weren’t giving up. We had goals at the beginning. We talked about it at practice yesterday. Our personal goals and our team goals, and everyone of them said that they were not going to give up. We were going until that last strike. I’m so incredibly proud of them, like they did not give up. We had people step into positions that, you know, we hadn’t really played all year. But you know, we had to do what we had to do. And I’m just so proud that they never gave up.”

Danville will travel to Twin Cedars tomorrow, July 10th, at 7 pm. 

Winfield-Mt. Union defeated Pekin 9-8 last night after Josie Nelson threw out the game tying run from center field in the 7th inning to end the game. Nelson also added two RBIs at the plate with a double as Makiah Lower picked up the win in the circle and two RBIs. 

WACO and Holy Trinity Catholic had their matchup postponed to tonight at 7 pm due to a wet field. The winner will take on the Wolves tomorrow at 7 pm. 

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

Class 3A Region 8, Central Lee will host Camanche on Thursday, July 11th, at 7 pm. 

West Burlington will compete against Mediapolis on Thursday at 7 pm at home. 

For Class 4A Region 8, Mt. Pleasant will travel to Central DeWitt on Thursday 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 will host the Alton River Dragons tonight at 6:30 pm. 

The Clinton LumberKings will take on the Normal Cornbelters today.

This Day in Sports History

1877 – First ever Wimbledon tennis championship begins as it was also the first official lawn tennis tournament – men’s singles only.

1948 – Satchel Paige, 42, debuts in the majors pitching two scoreless innings for Cleveland in St. Louis.

1968 – Wilt Chamberlain becomes the first reigning NBA MVP to be traded the next season when he moves from the Philadelphia 76’ers to the Los Angeles Lakers.