The final 16 in the 2019 Iowa high school baseball tournament were awarded Wednesday night at substate finals in Classes 3A and 4A.
Find all the final scores and area coverage below.
No. 9 Urbandale 2, No. 8 Waukee 0
Ankeny 16, No. 7 Des Moines Roosevelt 0 (4 innings)
No. 3 Southeast Polk 6, No. 4 Ankeny Centennial 3
No. 5 Western Dubuque 8, Davenport Central 0
No. 2 Iowa City West 2, Cedar Rapids Prairie 1
In a game where two sophomore pitchers dominated, it was a mile-high pop fly that helped change all the momentum Wednesday night and help determine a winner in this Class 4A substate baseball final thriller.
Of all things.
Jason Strunk hit that fly to short right field leading off the bottom of the sixth inning for Iowa City West that dropped for a gift single. An errant pickoff attempt, a Ryan Cooper RBI double and eventually a bases-loaded walk to Ian Gluesing followed as the second-ranked Trojans scored twice to escape Cedar Rapids Prairie, 2-1.
Pleasant Valley 3, Linn-Mar 0 (8 innings)
Pleasant Valley’s Max Slavens made solid contact in his first three at-bats only to see the Linn-Mar defense make solid plays to retire him.
In his fourth trip to the plate, the Spartan senior made sure Lion defenders would not make a play.
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Slavens, a Western Illinois recruit, blasted a three-run homer off Linn-Mar reliever Ryan Stroschein with one out in the top of the eighth to break a scoreless tie, propelling the Spartans to a 3-0 victory.
No. 6 West Des Moines Dowling 5, West Des Moines Valley 3
No. 1 Johnston 10, Indianola 0 (5 innings)
Sioux City Heelan 3, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 2
Boone 10, No. 10 Ballard 3
No. 1 Cedar Rapids Xavier 17, Charles City 2 (4 innings)
No. 3 DeWitt Central 3, Dubuque Wahlert 2
No. 2 Davenport Assumption 3, No. 6 Fairfield 2
No. 4 Marion 2, Solon 1
Everything unfolded right in front of Owen Puk.
The Marion sophomore watched as Solon made the logical move, setting up a force at every base with two intentional walks as it need one out to extend the game and its season. The move brought Puk to the plate with everything on the line.
Puk laced a line-drive single to center field, scoring pinch-runner Mark Horcher for the game-winning run and capping fourth-ranked Marion’s 2-1 victory over Solon.
No. 9 Centerville 4, No. 7 North Polk 1
Adel ADM 3, No. 5 Harlan 1