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It’s championship Friday in the 2022 Iowa high school state baseball tournament, with title games split across two sites. The Class 1A and 2A championships are up first at Merchants Park in Carroll, followed by the 3A and 4A games at Duane Banks Field in Iowa City.
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Friday’s state baseball scores
CLASS 1A CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 3 New London 8, No. 1 Remsen St. Mary’s 7
New London broke a 4-4 tie with four runs in the fourth, then held off a late St. Mary’s rally to hand the Hawks their first loss of the season and win their first state championship.
The Hawks (35-1) scored three runs before the Tigers (31-1) recorded an out, but Tucker Gibbar’s second-inning home run kicked off a New London rally. St. Mary’s scored two runs in the sixth and another in the seventh to cut the lead to one, but the Tigers turned a double play with the bases loaded to end the game.
Josh Catala and Brenden Richey both had a pair of hits for New London; Richey brought in two runs, as did Gibbar and Carter Allen. New London scored 36 runs in three state tournament games this week.
CLASS 2A CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 1 Van Meter 10, No. 2 Estherville-Lincoln Central 0 (5 innings)
Van Meter (39-0) wrapped up a perfect season with its fourth straight state championship.
Carter Durflinger (two runs), Reese Moore (two RBIs) and Ike Speltz (run, RBI) were all 2-for-3 in the title game. Dalten Van Pelt smacked a three-RBI triple and scored the game-ending run on Casey Trudo’s sac fly. Ganon Archer pitched five one-hit innings with nine strikeouts, plus hit a two-RBI double to begin the scoring in the first inning.
The Bulldogs haven’t lost since June 25, 2021, a 54-game winning streak.
CLASS 3A CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 2 Western Dubuque 7, No. 1 Davenport Assumption 1
When asked after a semifinal victory Wednesday night about his thoughts on facing mighty Davenport Assumption in the Class 3A state title game, Western Dubuque Coach Casey Bryant shrugged and said his team had to play good baseball to have any chance.
“Mission accomplished,” he said Friday.
Yeah, the Bobcats played great baseball, as it turned out. Championship baseball.
elentlessly aggressive, and WD rolled past top-seeded Assumption, 7-1, Friday night at Banks Field. This is the first state baseball championship for Western Dubuque, which was a runner-up in 2006.
One of the best programs in the state regardless of class, Assumption was denied its 12th title.
“It just feels good to not necessarily have the biggest names, but to get it done and bring a title to WD,” said Western Dubuque third baseman Tucker Nauman.
CLASS 4A CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 1 Johnston 11, No. 6 West Des Moines Dowling 1 (6 innings)
Johnston (36-4) rolled to its sixth state championship and second in the last three years, scoring 11 runs for the second straight game.
Cade Godwin’s two-RBI single ended it early. He was 3-for-4 and scored a run. Blake Lundholm was 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI and Spencer Campidilli went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Pierce Anderson allowed just four hits and one earned run while striking out six in six innings.
Dowling (27-15) hit five batters and committed five errors.