The Western Dubuque Bobcats Class 4A quarterfinal got started 18 minutes late then only lasted 16 minutes before heavy rains came forcing a rain delay that lasted two hours and forty minutes. Before that delay they were able to complete the first inning with the Bobcats getting four runners on but had two picked off and stranded two on. Bobcat starter senior Sam Goodman came back to pitch after the long break and had control issues as he walked 3, hit 1, gave up a hit and a run on an error for a total of 3 runs in the top of the second and that was all the scoring to be had. Junior Cal Harris came in the fourth and only allowed 1 hit while walking one and striking out 5. Only 3 hits were earned by both teams, the Bobcats offensive struggles included leaving runners on base and not taking advantage of 6 free passes as J-Hawks sophomore Tucker Langenberg dominated since relieving his brother to restart the game. Harris, Matt Maiers and Damon Jaeger collected the hits for WD who fell to 32-10 and say goodbye to 9 seniors. Urbandale, who ended the Bobcats season for the second year in a row improved to 29-14.
Urbandale will face Iowa City West who finished their win 6-3 over Pleasant Valley just after 12:30am.
The first two 4A games of the day consisted of shutouts. West Des Moines Dowling beat Southeast Polk 7-0 and Johnston downed Ankeny 6-0.
Today at the tourney Class 1A and 2A semifinals take center stage. In 1A, Mason City Newman faces Don Bosco at 11am then Alburnett takes on Remsen St. Mary’s at 1:30.
In 2A, at 4:30 Van Meter and West Sioux of Hawarden and at 7pm our featured game, the top-seeded North Linn Lynx at 39-5 will play the 5th-seed 29-8 Des Moines Christian. Our coverage live on KMCH and KMCH.com with Sports Director Jon Swisher and Brian Wheatley will begin around 6:50pm.