By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
The postseason got started for most of our area coverage Class 1A and 2A Baseball teams last night.
Near Troy Mills, Maquoketa Valley came back and then held off Easton Valley 3-2. The Wildcats advance on to Thursday night to play another 5pm game, facing Calamus Wheatland who beat Springville 8-0 last night. North Linn overcame a slow start against Central City then scored 11 runs in the 3rd inning to win 12-0 in 5 innings. The Lynx will host Bellevue Marquette as the Mohawks got past Midland 9-4.
Ed-Co’s season came to a close as they fell to Turkey Valley 4-1. Starmont lost to Lansing Kee 7-3.
The 6th-ranked Panthers of Monticello were upset in Dyersville by Camanche 2-0 as the Indians scored 2 in the top of the 7th for the win. Beckman had no issues with Northeast as they toppled the Rebels 11-1 in 5 innings. So the Blazers will host the Indians Saturday night at 7pm in Dyersville.
The top-ranked Cascade Cougars avoided a huge upset after getting down 5-0 early in the game and came back to win 7-6 on a walk-off hit by Haris Hoffman in the bottom of the 7th in a game that lasted over 2 hours. Cascade will entertain Oelwein, Saturday night, the Huskies took down Jesup 6-3.
In regular season baseball play-
West Delaware came back after being down 4-0 to win 5-4 in the first game but fell 3-1 in game two to Western Dubuque in Manchester. The Hawks end the regular season at 24-10-1 and will open up the post season on Friday night in Decorah facing Vinton-Shellsburg.
In 4A Regional Final Softball last night-
Independence advanced to the state tournament in Fort Dodge for the 8th time in school program history and first since 2005 with a 7-5 victory over Marion. Fourth-year head coach Heather Hupke talks about the effort by her team:
The Mustangs at 34-6 earned the 3-seed and will face 6th-seeded 23-13 Sergeant Bluff-Luton at 3:30pm next Tuesday afternoon.
Center Point-Urbana fell to Charles City 6-1.