Sports, June 18th

High School Baseball

New London took down Pekin last night 8-4. Brendan Richey, Michael Raines, and Gage Burden each grabbed two RBIs in the win as New London finished with three doubles. The Tigers will face off against Mt. Pleasant tonight at 5:30 pm at home. KILJ 105.5 FM,, will be on the call with the pregame show at 5:15 pm. 

With the top of the conference standings on the line, Mt. Pleasant took on Fairfield in a road doubleheader and the two split the night. Fairfield won game one decidedly after a four run 5th inning helped cement a 9-3 win. Payton Walker had the lone RBI for the Panthers in game one. Dain Burkhart pitched the complete game, striking out three while allowing only four hits. 

Fairfield’s offense caught fire late in game two, but Mt. Pleasant had secured the win 12-7 to remain on top of the conference standings. Ben Newton led the team with three RBIs as Brayton Hutson and Payson Coleman each finished with two RBIs in the win. Landon Nodruft and Nate Konczal each tallied two RBIs for the Trojans. 

Fairfield will host Mid-Prairie tonight at 7:30 pm. 

Winfield-Mt. Union lost a nailbiter to Wapello last night 2-0. Wyat Marlette picked up the win, tallying five strikeouts for Wapello. The Wolves will travel to Pekin tonight at 5:30 pm. 

West Burlington scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Highland last night 8-7. Brock Thuleen, Caleb Bush, Bo Begner, Preyton Doty, and Emry Watson each tabbed an RBI in the win. Danville will face off against West Burlington tonight at 5:30 pm on the road.  

Central Lee will face off against Burlington Notre Dame tonight on the road at 5:30 pm. 

Van Buren County will take on Mediapolis tonight at 5:30 pm in Mediapolis. 

High School Baseball Rankings

The week five Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association rankings’ experienced a shakeup in Class 1A as Akron-Westfield jumped two spots in the rankings to take over the crown with Burlington Notre Dame now ranked second. 

The movement of the rankings came on the heels of the Williamsburg Tournament, which saw the Nikes lose by five runs or more to Assumption and Central DeWitt. In Class 1A, Burlington Notre Dame still ranks fourth in batting average and ERA, while their team slugging percentage sits in second. 

High School Softball

West Burlington’s late surge earned the Falcons the 10-6 victory over Highland last night. Logan Kelley and Madelyn Thomas both swatted home runs as Kelley led the team with four RBIs. The Falcons will host Danville tonight at 7 pm. 

Fairfield hosted Mt. Pleasant for a doubleheader last night and tallied their first two conference victories of the season in dominating fashion. Game one saw Laney Norris limit Mt. Pleasant to just three hits on the game, while leading the squad with two RBIs in a 12-0 win.

Game two was led off by an Emma Starr double and eventual RBI sacrifice by Kynlee White to give the Panthers a 1 to 0 lead. That was the only lead of the game for Mt. Pleasant as Fairfield won 14-2 after putting up nine runs in the fourth inning. Elyse Setterstrom finished 3 for 3 with three RBIs for the Trojans, while Leah Helmick led the team with four RBIs. Savannah Hollander tabbed three RBIs between the two contests. The Panthers will travel to Cardinal tomorrow, June 19th, at 7 pm.

Fairfield will face off against Wahsington tomorrow at 7:30 pm at home. 

Mediapolis was squashed by Louisa-Muscatine last night 15-0. The Bulldogs will take on Van Buren County tonight at home at 7:30 pm. 

Van Buren County walked it off against Hillcrest Academy last night 4-3. Ivy Davison, Kylee Roen, and Ali Pedretti each nabbed an RBI as Roen finished with a triple. 

Winfield-Mt. Union fell to Wapello last night 12-0. Makiah Lower tabbed the only hit for the Wolves. Winfield-Mt. Union will take on Pekin tonight at 7 pm at Pekin. 

Central Lee will square off against Washington tonight at 7:30 pm on the road. 

Holy Trinity Catholic will host New London tonight at 7 pm. 

WACO will take on Columbus tonight at 5:30 pm at home. 

High School Cross Country

Mt. Pleasant’s optional summer runs officially get underway this week. The runs are a great way to get in shape and to run with others. The runs are available for 7th through 12th graders and 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 ventured back into the win column last night with a 7-4 victory over the Normal CornBelters. Nick Meyer crushed a grand slam for the Bees to secure the win. The Bees will take on the O’Fallon Hoots tonight at home at 6:30 pm. 

The Clinton LumberKings handled the Springfield Lucky Horseshoes last night 9-4. Blake Timmons and Cougar Cooke each notched two RBIs in the win. The LumberKings will venture over to face off against the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp tonight at 7:05 pm. 

This Day in Sports History

1911 – The Detroit Tigers trail the Chicago White Sox, 13-1 at Bennett Park, Detroit; the Tigers recover to win 16-15 for the biggest comeback in Major League Baseball history at the time.

1972 – The US Supreme Court, 5-3, confirms the lower court rulings in the Curt Flood case, upholding baseball’s exemption from antitrust laws.

2000 – 100th US Open Men’s Golf, Pebble Beach GL: Tiger Woods wins his first US Open by a major championship record-setting 15 strokes over Ernie Els and Miguel Ángel Jiménez.