Sports, May 31st

High School Baseball

Mt. Pleasant traveled to Washington last night and with the help of some wild pitches and a stellar performance on the mound from Payton Hagans; the Panthers swept the Demons for the first time since 2017 with an 8-1 victory. The offense struggled last night for the Panthers as J.C. Sitar and Ben Newton, who led the team with two RBIs, were the only ones to tab more than one base hit on the night. Head coach Brent Broeker discussed the offense after the game. 

Payton Hagans turned in a quality start, going six innings allowing only five hits and one run, while striking out 12 and he provided a bit of help at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored. Payton Walker finished up the job with three strikeouts in the seventh inning. Mt. Pleasant will travel to Keokuk for a doubleheader on Monday, June 3rd, with first pitch scheduled for 5:30 pm. 

Burlington Notre Dame clobbered Central Lee last night 15-2. The Nikes will face off against Mediapolis tonight at home with first pitch at 5:30 pm. 

West Burlington picked up their first win of the season last night against Danville 18-4. Conner Bush totaled a team leading three RBIs for the Falcons, while the team stole 24 bases. Henry Bellrichard and Alex Holtkamp each had an RBI for the Bears.

West Burlington will take on New London tonight at home at 5:30 pm. 

Fairfield got back in the win column last night with a walkoff victory over Fort Madison 5-4. Luke Konczal nabbed two RBIs in the win. The Trojans will host Burlington on Monday at 5:30 pm in a doubleheader. 

Winfield-Mt. Union will look for their first win against Louisa-Muscatine tonight at 5:30 pm. 

Van Buren County will square off against Louisa-Muscatine on Monday at 5:30 pm at home. 

High School Softball

Winfield-Mt. Union dominated WACO last night 13-0. Quin Smith pitched a gem, allowing only one hit while striking out 10 and adding a triple at the plate. Josie Nelson scored four runs and tabbed six steals. The Wolves will face off against #11 Louisa-Muscatine tonight at 5:30 pm. 

WACO will travel to Hillcrest Academy tonight at 7 pm.

West Burlington broke the game open last night with a ten run second inning to win 15-1 against Danville after three innings. Paige Kramer grabbed a team leading three RBIs in the win. The Falcons will host New London tonight at 7 pm. 

New London scored first, but Holy Trinity Catholic exited with the road win last night 6-1. The Crusaders will face off against Van Buren County tonight at 5:30 pm. 

Mt. Pleasant fell to Washington last night 13-1. Halle Cuddeback led the Demons at the plate with three RBIs and in the circle as she tabbed four strikeouts and allowed only four hits. The Panthers will take on Keokuk on Monday, June 3rd, in a road doubleheader at 5:30 pm. KILJ 105.5 FM,, will be on the call with the pregame show at 5:15 pm. 

Fairfield tied the game at eight in the bottom of the fifth inning, but Fort Madison proved to be too much as the Bloodhounds pushed across two more runs to win 10-8 last night. Laney Norris and Faith Jones each tabbed two RBIs for the Trojans as Norris walked four times. Fairfield will participate in the Iowa City West Softball Classic today with games against Prairie and Iowa City West. 

Central Lee will face off against Danville tonight at 7 pm at home. 

Mediapolis will square off against Wapello on Monday at 7:30 pm in a home game. 

High School Tennis

The boys’ state team tournament concludes today with the Class 1A championship match featuring the top seed Wahlert Catholic facing off against #2 Xavier. The third-place match will be against Pella and Waverly-Shell Rock. 

For Class 2A, Pleasant Valley and Waukee Northwest will duel for the championship, while Linn-Mar will face off against Iowa City West for third place. 

High School Soccer

The girls’ state tournament continued yesterday and another one-seed was knocked out of the tournament. In Class 1A, Nevada took down Dike-New Hartford 1-0, while Denver outlasted Treynor 1-0. The Cubs and Cyclones will play tomorrow, June 1st, at 11:30 am. 

Dallas Center-Grimes continued their path towards defending their championship after defeating North Scott yesterday 1-0. On top of the bracket, North Polk handled Pella 2-0. The Class 2A championship is scheduled for tomorrow at 5:30 pm. 

The Class 3A championship will feature two Cinderella stories. #7 Bettendorf defeated #3 Ankeny yesterday 2-1. #5 Valley completed one of the biggest upsets of the day as Elan Litt scored in overtime to defeated #1 Waukee Northwest 3-2. The Class 3A championship will be played tomorrow at 2:30 pm. 

The boys’ state tournament resumes today. 

Prospect League

The Burlington Bees fell to the O’Fallon Hoots last night 7-2. Scotty Savage hit a solo home run in the losing effort. The two will play tonight at O’Fallon. 

The Clinton LumberKings lost to the Springfield Lucky Horseshoes last night 9-2. The LumberKings will stay on the road to face off against the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp tonight. 

This Day in Sports History

1948 – Canadian-American League Schenectady Blue Jays pitcher Tommy Lasorda strikes out 25 Amsterdam Rugmakers (in 15 innings), and knocks in the winning run.

2002 – The New Jersey Nets defeat the Boston Celtics 96-88 in Game 6 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference Championship, winning the series 4 games to 2 to advance to their first NBA Finals appearance. 

2008 – Usain Bolt breaks the world record in the 100m sprint, with a wind-legal (+1.7m/s) 9.72 seconds.