Sports, June 23rd

High School Baseball

Mt. Pleasant lost to Fairfield 9-3 last night after the Trojans scored all nine of their runs in the 4th inning. The Panthers jumped out to a 3 to 0 lead after an RBI double by J.C. Sitar in the 3rd inning, an RBI double by Ben Newton in the 4th inning, and a bases loaded hit by pitch taken by Zerek Venghaus in the 4th inning as well. Tallon Bates was called to the mound and he shut out the Panthers the rest of the way, which included getting out of two bases loaded jams.

Bates also went 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs in the game for the Trojans. 8 of the 9 batters for the Trojans ended up tallying at least one RBI. This locks the Panthers and Trojans for 2nd place in the conference standings. The Panthers will face off against Fort Madison on June 26th in a doubleheader on the road.

Winfield-Mt. Union will compete against Louisa-Muscatine tonight to end the regular season.

Van Buren County took down New London 15-4 yesterday. The Tigers will face off against West Burlington tonight. The Warriors will take on Burlington Notre Dame today at home.

Danville lost to Central Lee last night in a score that resembles a football final 24-14. Corbin Pohren knocked two doubles and notched 6 RBIs in the winning effort. The Bears end the regular season 1-15.

Mediapolis scored one run in each of the final three innings including the one extra inning to beat West Burlington 8-7. Brock Thuleen finished 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs for the Falcons. The Bulldogs will take on Central Lee today.

In Southeast conference (SEC) play, Keokuk will take on Fairfield and Burlington will square off against Washington on June 26th.

High School Softball

Mt. Pleasant fell to Fairfield last night 10-0. Olivia Hollander went 3 for 3 for the Trojans with a home run, a triple, and the game-ending single to finish the game with 5 RBIs. The Panthers travel to take on Fort Madison on June 26th in a doubleheader matchup.

Danville will face off against New London on June 27th.

New London will travel to take on West Burlington tonight.

Winfield-Mt. Union lost to Lone Tree yesterday 17-3. The Wolves will take on Louisa-Muscatine at home to close out the season tonight.

Holy Trinity Catholic will take on Van Buren County today.

West Burlington handled Mediapolis last night 14-0. Avery Crear notched the lone hit for Mediapolis. The Bulldogs will compete against Central Lee today.

In SEC games, Burlington defeated Fort Madison 5-0 and Keokuk fell to Washington 13-1. The Grayhounds will take on the Demons and the Chiefs will face off against the Trojans on June 26th.

High School Postseason Baseball

Class 1A and 2A released their postseason brackets yesterday and here’s a look at some of our local teams matchups.

In Class 1A Substate 5: District 9, Burlington Notre Dame enters as the #1 seed. New London enters as the 5th seed and will take on Highland on July 1st in the first round with the winner taking on the Nikes.

In District 10 for Class 1A, Danville will face off against Sigourney on July 1st on the road.

Shifting our attention to Class 2A, our local teams will be beating up one another to see who makes it out of Substate 5: District 10. Van Buren County gets the top seed and a first-round bye. Mediapolis earned the #2 seed and a bye. Winfield-Mt. Union will take on Louisa-Muscatine and Central Lee will face off against West Burlington. The first round matchups take place on July 1st.

The brackets for Class 3A and 4A will be released next week between June 26th and the 29th.

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 defeated the Alton River Dragons in comeback fashion after breaking the tie in the top of the 9th and scoring two runs to win 8-6. Mason Schwalbach started the scoring with a solo home run in the 1st inning and Keanu Spenser clobbered a grand slam to tie the game at 6 in the 8th inning. Jaden Hackbarth tallied the game winning two RBIs. The Bees will host the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp tomorrow, June 24th.

The Clinton LumberKings will host the Lafayette Aviators tonight.

This Day in Sports History

1972 – Bernice Gera becomes first female umpire in MLB history, Geneva Senators and Auburn Twins in Geneva, New York.

1972 – President Richard Nixon signed the Education Amendments of 1972 into law. Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in college sports.

2008 – Félix Hernández of the Seattle Mariners hits a grand slam against the New York Mets, the first pitcher to do so since Steve Dunning in 1971.