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After a day off, the 2019 Iowa high school baseball tournament was back in full swing Monday at Principal Park in Des Moines with the Class 2A quarterfinals.
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CLASS 2A QUARTERFINALS
No. 2 North Linn 8, West Branch 1
North Linn jumped on West Branch with six runs in the bottom of the first inning to advance to the semifinals.
Jake Hilmer reached on an error, Austin Hilmer doubled and three straight walks followed to score the first two runs. Another run scored when Parker Bechen was hit by a pitch, then No. 9 hitter Marcus Hromidko singled in two and Jake Hilmer came up again with an RBI base hit to complete a decisive first inning.
Jake Hilmer also pitched four shutout innings, allowing just one hit and striking out seven. Trevor Boge added three innings of relief, allowing one run on three hits. He got a double-play ground ball to end the game.
Des Moines Christian 9, Central Lee 7
Des Moines Christian scored two runs in the top of the sixth to break a 6-6 tie, then hung on to beat Central Lee in the second quarterfinal of the day.
The Lions produced three consecutive one-out singles in the sixth. Dalton Lewis and Cal Matthes got on base and Brett Shelton brought them both home. The Hawks got one back in the bottom half on KJ Skow's two-out RBI single, but the Lions added insurance when Andrew Fox tripled and scored on Adam Witty's sac fly. Fox set Central Lee down in order in the seventh.
Lewis was 2-for-2 and scored three times and Grant Christy hit 3-for-4 and drove in four.
Central Lee, which upset No. 1 Wilton in the substate finals, saw leads of 2-0 and 5-2 evaporate when the Lions tied it in the third and went up 6-5 in the fifth. Skow, Evan Pohren and TJ Stutes each tallied two RBIs for the Hawks.
West Sioux 7, No. 7 New Hampton 2
Iowa State football recruit Hunter Dekkers pitched four innings of no-hit ball and blasted a two-run, inside-the-park home run to help the Falcons knock off New Hampton.
West Sioux took the lead in the top of the first on Austin Wilbert's two-run single and a wild pitch, then Dekkers connected with a fly ball to center in the second and rounded the bases standing up. West Sioux added two more in the fourth on Kade Lynott's RBI double and a bases-loaded walk to Trevor Schuller.
The Chickasaws tagged reliever Austin Wilbert for two runs in the fifth, but he settled in with a scoreless frame in the sixth and Seth Salker pitched a 1-2-3 seventh.
No. 5 Van Meter 17, Underwood 7 (6 innings)
Van Meter racked up 17 runs on 14 hits and five Underwood errors to stroll to the semifinals. The Bulldogs scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth to end it early.
Van Meter led 5-1 after one, scoring three unearned runs, but Underwood rallied to tie it at 5-5 on Kyler Rodenburg's sac fly in the third. The stalemate didn't last long, as the Bulldogs responded with back-to-back singles in the bottom half and an RBI groundout from Cody Coffman that scored Jacob Blomgren. Van Meter added three more in the fourth, then two in the fifth after Underwood got within 9-7 in the top of the fifth.
Spencer Lamb was 2-for-4 with four RBIs for Van Meter, while Brett Berg went 3-for-3 and drove in three. Both had doubles. No. 1 and No. 2 hitters Zach Pleggenkuhle and Anthony Potthoff each scored four times. Pleggenkuhle walked twice and Potthoff had a triple.