Prep Baseball

Covering the bases: This week's top Eastern Iowa high school baseball performers and upcoming games

Postseason assignments released; Alburnett's Stensland wins No. 300; Pitching gems

Lisbon pitcher Austin Krob (7) delivers to the plate for a strikeout during the second inning of their high school baseball game at North Linn High School in Troy Mills on Monday, Jun. 11, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Lisbon pitcher Austin Krob (7) delivers to the plate for a strikeout during the second inning of their high school baseball game at North Linn High School in Troy Mills on Monday, Jun. 11, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

From postseason assignments to milestone moments, here are some Gazette-area highlights for the week of June 17-23 and a look at the upcoming schedule in “Covering the Bases.”

The IHSAA released the remaining baseball postseason assignments Friday.

Substate groupings were posted for Classes 4A and 3A. Small-school district assignments were revealed last week with the pairings expected to be determined this week. Pairings for the two largest classes are scheduled to be announced the week of July 2.

In Class 4A, Metro and Iowa City teams were separated into three substates. Sixth-ranked Iowa City West is among a trio of tough teams in substate 6. The Trojans are joined by Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Cedar Rapids Washington — both teams received votes in the latest Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association poll. Burlington, Davenport North and Muscatine round out the field.

Cedar Rapids Prairie is the highest ranked team in substate 4. The fourth-ranked Hawks were grouped with Western Dubuque, Linn-Mar, Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley and Waterloo East. Prairie is looking for a third straight state berth, while Linn-Mar looks for back-to-back state appearances.

Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Iowa City High join No. 8 Southeast Polk, No. 10 Marshalltown, Cedar Falls and Waterloo West.

In Class 3A, Marion and Cedar Rapids Xavier are in Substate 4. The eight-team field includes top-ranked Davenport Assumption, Anamosa, DeWitt Central, Dubuque Wahlert, Maquoketa and Mount Vernon.

Iowa City Liberty will make its postseason debut in 3A Substate 5. Sixth-ranked Solon, Clear Creek Amana, Fairfield, Fort Madison, Keokuk, Mount Pleasant and Washington (Iowa) complete the substate.

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In 1A and 2A, the IHSAA separated small-school powers. The Tri-Rivers Conference has three ranked teams and all three were assigned to different substates. Second-ranked Lisbon (22-0), No. 3 North Linn and fifth-ranked Alburnett face different paths to Des Moines. Lisbon and North Linn are looking for a second straight trip to the state quarterfinals.

“This is the best I’ve seen this conference from top to bottom,” North Linn Coach Travis Griffith said. “It’s pretty deep. This is as strong as I’ve ever seen our conference.”

In 2A, perennial powers and rivals Cascade and Dyersville Beckman won’t meet in the postseason. Neither will cross paths with second-ranked Iowa City Regina. The sixth-ranked Blazers and No. 10 Monticello are in the same district with that district champion possibly facing No. 3 Wilton in the substate final.

“You can tell they did a good job trying to actually split up good teams,” Griffith said. “A couple years ago they did the same thing.”

Ryan Stensland wins 300th

Alburnett Coach Ryan Stensland eclipsed 300 career coaching victories Friday night against Clinton Prince of Peace.

The Pirates won the opener, 10-0 in five innings, for the milestone win. Alburnett added an 11-1 victory in the nightcap.

Alburnett swept Calamus-Wheatland 6-1 and 6-2 Saturday, improving to 23-3 this season and giving Stensland a 303-154 mark at Alburnett and Lisbon.

CCA Clips Western Dubuque

Clear Creek Amana’s Camden Armstrong out-dueled two Western Dubuque pitchers in the Clippers’ 2-1 victory in the opener of a doubleheader split Friday at Farley.

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Armstrong (4-2) threw a complete game three-hitter, allowing two doubles and a single to the Bobcats, who received votes in the latest IHSBCA poll. Armstrong only walked one batter as well.

Damon Jaeger and Calvin Harris combined to allow just three hits and one earned run for Western Dubuque, which won the nightcap, 11-4.

K for Krob in no-hitter

Lisbon standout left-hander Austin Krob recorded 16 strikeouts and walked just one in a complete-game no-hitter against Maquoketa Valley on Monday.

Krob needed just 99 pitches in the 4-0 victory to close a doubleheader sweep over the Wildcats.

Krob is 6-0 with 70 strikeouts in just 32 2/3 innings pitched, owning a 0.86 earned-run average. 1A second-ranked Lisbon is 22-0.

Marion gems

Juniors Braden Garringer and Rick Atkins tossed bookend gems for Marion last week.

Garringer pitched 6 2/3 innings in a 5-3 victory over 4A No. 4 Prairie at Strike-Out Cancer Wooden Bat event Saturday as part of Marion’s annual Heald-Jackson Baseball Classic. Garringer didn’t allow an earned run, scattering six hits.

Atkins struck out 14 batters in a complete-game two-hitter, needing 96 pitches for a 5-0 victory over Center Point-Urbana on Monday.

On deck

CROSSTOWN SHOWDOWN

Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Cedar Rapids Washington are scheduled to play a home-and-home set Monday and Tuesday. The two games could be vital in postseason seeding. The Warriors will host the first game, moving to Jefferson for the second.

RIVER VALLEY NORTH LEADERS

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Cascade travels to Monticello Monday for a battle between the top two teams in the River Valley Conference North Division. The Cougars (21-0, 12-0) are ranked first in 2A and are one of just three unbeaten teams left in the state. The Panthers (15-3, 12-1) are No. 8 in this week's rankings. Monticello is the defending conference champion.

ALBURNETT FACES RANKED 2A FOES

The Pirates will play two ranked 2A teams, including Tuesday’s game at fourth-ranked Wilton (14-4). Alburnett will compete at Monticello on Friday.

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