By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
The 2015 high school summer sports season came to an end for KMCH Sports area teams yesterday as North Linn and Cascade both fell in semifinal games at the state tournament inside Principal Park in Des Moines. In class 1A, the Lynx battled 4th-ranked Pleasantville in the back-and-forth contest but couldn’t match the Trojans offense in a 6-3 loss. Trailing 1-0 after the first, North Linn answered when the Pleasantville catcher committed a throwing error to bring in Logan Novak who reached on a walk and tie the game for the Lynx.
The Trojans regained the lead, 2-1, in the bottom of the second on a sacrifice grounfout after a lead-off triple.
North Linn tied it back up in the top of the third when Jacob Rawson swatted an RBI single to left field scoring Jake Hilmer who reached on a infield hit. In the bottom of the third, Pleasantville took back the lead, 3-2 on a double and a single. Trojans junior pitcher Zeb Adreon increased their lead in the bottom of the fourth when he jacked a two-run home run over the right field wall, giving the Trojans a 5-2 lead as Adreon’s homer was the first of this years’ state tournament. Pleasantville would tally their final run on a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the fifth. The Lynx final run came in the top of the 7th in the form of Brad Pflughaupt who led off the inning with a single. Two infield hits occurred off the bats of Sean Boardman and David Seber.
North Linn’s Freshman Ryan Miller suffered the loss. He allowed four earned runs on three hits and six walks with two strikeouts over 3.0 innings. Brad Pflughaupt paced North Linn offensively with two hits and one run scored. Ninth-year head coach Travis Griffith talks about his teams’ effort in the first state semifinal ever for a North Linn Baseball team:
The Lynx end the campaign with the most wins in school history surpassing the 30-win mark in 2004, finishing with a 35-11 record and being a semifinalist in the first ever state tourney in program history. A big part of the success was the leadership provided by the 3 seniors; Clinton Prier, Justin Voss and Jacob Rawson. The impact they made and the mark they have left in this history making season won’t be forgotten:
Coach Griff adds that it was great mixture of talent and competitors:
Pleasantville which won their 28th game in a row is now 35-3 and will face Mason City Newman Catholic (38-4) on Saturday at 11 a.m.