Sports, June 5th

High School Baseball

Mt. Pleasant and Oskaloosa were locked in a heated contest that involved the Panthers walking it off in the bottom of the 7th to win 7-6. Mt. Pleasant held a 3-1 lead before Oskaloosa scored a run each in the fourth and fifth innings to tie the game. The Panthers responded in the bottom of the sixth inning with a Payton Hagans RBI sacrifice bunt and a passed ball gave the squad a 5-3 lead. 

However, Oskaloosa would not go down quietly as they put up three runs in the top of the seventh to lead 6-5. Down to their final three outs, Carson Andreasen singled to start the inning and Payton Walker worked a walk before Ben Newton laced a single into the right-center field gap to score the tying run and move Walker to third. An intentional walk to Zach Newton brought up Cooper Coleman with an opportunity many dream about, bases loaded in a walkoff situation,

“Going into that at-bat, I just want to put the barrel onto the ball and score that final run for the team.”

Coleman smacked the ball to the fence for an RBI single, giving the Panthers the victory. Andreasen and Payson Coleman also registered an RBI in the win. Head coach Brent Broeker talked about the win after the game.

“Yeah. You know we’re getting better at fighting all the way through. I think our guys, you know we’ve been there where we just couldn’t get it done at the end. These kids have a different mindset. They just keep battling all the way through. And tonight it paid off for us.”

Mt. Pleasant will host Keokuk tomorrow, June 6th, at 7:30 pm. 

Winfield-Mt. Union had their contest against Wapello last night postponed. The Wolves will take on Highland tomorrow at 5:30 pm at home.

Fairfield defeated Williamsburg last night 7-5. Dain Burkhart, Aiden Westercamp, and Aiden Kreuter totaled two RBIs in the winning effort. The Trojans will play Burlington tomorrow at 7 pm on the road. 

New London scored four runs in the sixth inning to fend off Central Lee last night 11-9. Michael Raines led the squad with two RBIs as Memphis Watson slashed a triple and tallied an RBI. The Tigers will hit the road to face off against Danville on Friday, June 7th, at 5:30 pm. 

Central Lee will host Van Buren County tomorrow at 5:30 pm. 

Van Buren County will compete against Highland tonight at 5:30 pm on the road. 

Mediapolis will take on Keokuk tonight at 7:30 pm at home. 

Danville will compete against BGM tomorrow at 5:30 pm at home. 

Burlington Notre Dame will host Pekin tonight at 5:30 pm. 

West Burlington will travel to face off against Hillcrest Academy today. 

High School Softball

Winfield-Mt. Union had their matchup against Wapello postponed last night. The Wolves will take on Holy Trinity Catholic tonight at 5:30 pm at home. 

Holy Trinity Catholic lost to Mediapolis last night 11-1. Avalynn Prall finished 2 for 4 with a double and a team leading three RBIs. The Bulldogs will compete against Columbus tonight at 7:30 pm on the road. 

New London will travel to Wapello tonight at 5:30 pm. 

WACO fell to Lone Tree last night 18-0. The Warriors will take on Pekin tomorrow, June 6th, at 7 pm on the road. 

Danville will face off against Louisa-Muscatine tonight at 7 pm. 

West Burlington will travel to Hillcrest Academy today. 

Central Lee will take on Van Buren County tomorrow at home at 7 pm. 

Mt. Pleasant will host Keokuk tomorrow at 7:30 pm. 

Fairfield will look to avoid the sweep against Burlington tomorrow at 7:30 pm on the road. 

High School Tennis

The 2024 State Coed tournament had their competitions yesterday and Xavier and Waukee Northwest each grabbed the gold.

In Class 1A, Xavier’s Bennett Link and Avery Link took down Claire Smock and Jack Briggs of Pella 6-3 and 6-4 in the semifinals to face off against Kate Holton and Parker Stroh of Columbus Catholic in the championship.

Stroh and Holton took the first set 6-3 but the Link duo captured the second set 7-5 and won the tiebreaker to win the championship. Smock and Briggs claimed third place over fellow Dutch Joshua Roozeboom and Bryn Higginbotham. 

Class 2A saw London Taylor and Kaden Taylor of Waukee Northwest defeat Lexi Moen and Beck Sissel of Valley to claim the gold. Katelyn Kock and Logan Sherman of Cedar Rapids Washington took third place, while Maddy Jepsen and Lucas Persson of North Scott finished in fourth. 

Prospect League

The Burlington Bees had their matchup against the Clinton LumberKings postponed last night. 

The Bees will attempt to play their first game of the week tonight against the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp at 7:05 pm on the road. The LumberKings will travel to face off against the Springfield Lucky Horseshoes tonight at 6:30 pm. 

This Day in Sports History

1974 – As’ Reggie Jackson and Bill North engage in clubhouse brawl in Detroit.

1981 – Astros Nolan Ryan passes Early Wynn as all-time walk leader (1,777).

2018 – Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. was named 2017 top earning sports person by Forbes with $285 million.