The North Linn Baseball team suffered a tough defeat at the hands of their Tri-Rivers Conference rival Lisbon Lions yesterday in Class 1A State semifinal play inside Principal Park in Des Moines. Falling 4-2 after being ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the 6th until a double, a wild pitch and a two-run homer by the Lions gave them the lead for good. The Lynx threatened in the top of the 7th with the bases loaded but it wasn’t meant to be as a flyout to shallow center field ended their run at 41-4. North Linn says goodbye to four seniors; Ryan Miller, Blake McGraw, Brad Pflughaupt and Sean Boardman who were a part of the 151 wins and 28 losses in the last 4 seasons in the winning culture turnaround of the program that had 4 losing seasons before 2015. They were members of two teams that have won the most ever games now in program history with 41 W’s. A group that helped this year’s squad set a national record for most shutout victories ever by a varsity Baseball team in a season with 24.
Lisbon improved to 36-0 and will face 1A perennial power Mason City Newman in the title game Saturday morning at 11am.
In 2A play last night, Centerville cruised past Wilton 13-0 in 5 innings and Iowa City Regina nipped Van Meter 4-3. Those two winners will meet Saturday in the 2A championship contest at 1:30pm.
Class 3A and 4A semifinal play takes place today and tonight.
Harlan takes on Waverly-Shell Rock and Davenport Assumption hooks up with Sioux City Bishop Heelan.
Our featured game is 34-9 Western Dubuque the 6-seed going up against 2nd-seeded 34-6 Urbandale. The Bobcats will be vying for their first title game apearance in summer tournament history and their 2nd ever at state as the 1972 Fall tournament team finished as a runner-up.
The J-Hawks have won 2 championships in 2000 and 2007. All the coverage live on KMCH and KMCH.com with Jon Swisher around 4:55pm this late afternoon. The second 4A semifinal at 7:30pm is Cedar Rapids Washington vs. West Des Moines Valley.