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Tuesday's 1A, 2A Iowa high school baseball substate finals: Final scores, area coverage

Lisbon's Jake Jennett rounds third base on his way to scoring a run during a Class 1A district semifinal win over Lone Tree at home last Thursday. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Lisbon's Jake Jennett rounds third base on his way to scoring a run during a Class 1A district semifinal win over Lone Tree at home last Thursday. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Sixteen teams booked trips to Principal Park and the Iowa high school state baseball tournament with victories Tuesday, substate finals night in Class 1A and Class 2A.

The IHSAA will release state tournament pairings Wednesday after coaches hold seeding meetings. The quarterfinals are Friday and Saturday in 1A and Monday in 2A.

Class 1A

Substate 1, at Le Mars

No. 4 Remsen St. Mary's 7, Le Mars Gehlen 3

Substate 2, at North Union

No. 1 Mason City Newman 16, Sioux Central 0 (4 innings)

Substate 3, at Cedar Falls

Don Bosco 4, No. 5 Alburnett 2

One month and 17 days meant a world of difference to the Don Bosco baseball team. To Lewis Havel, too.

The sophomore pitcher was a big-game pitcher Tuesday night at Robinson-Dresser Complex, as his Dons upset fifth-ranked Alburnett, 4-2, in a Class 1A substate final.

Back on June 1, Alburnett doubled up Don Bosco, 12-6, and put a hurting on Havel. He couldn’t get past three innings, giving up seven runs and taking the ‘L.’ This was a different dude.

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Substate 4, at West Delaware

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No. 3 North Linn 8, Wapsie Valley 2

Call it a little déjà vu mixed with a bit of a “home away from home” feel.

North Linn has done well in previous trips to Manchester, clinching the baseball program’s first state berth there in 2015. The town has hosted the Lynx for similar victories in other sports as well.

Just like four years ago, North Linn left Beckman Baseball/Softball Complex with a banner and another state berth under its belt.

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Substate 5, at Washington

No. 2 Lisbon 10, Iowa Mennonite 2

It is important for a favored team to not let an underdog get confidence.

Iowa Mennonite School got the first batter of the game on base with an error and two more subsequent batters against second-ranked and unbeaten Lisbon last night in a Class 1A substate final.

But the Lions kept them off the scoreboard, then banged out four consecutive hits to start the bottom of the first inning.

Lisbon went on to win the game, 10-2, to return to the state tournament.

“That’s how you want to set the tone,” Lisbon head coach Travis Bennett said. “An underdog team can get under your skin a little bit if you give them a chance, but it was good to show right away that we were here to take care of business.”

“We have done a great job of scoring in the first inning in the postseason, but we weren’t able to do that,” IMS coach Danny Hershberger said. “We just couldn’t get the big hit.”

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Lisbon starting pitcher Brett Givems minimized problems and kept an even keel. He struck out three with no walks and allowed three hits and an unearned run, which scored in the third inning, in his four innings of work.

“I always let my defense work,” Givens said. “That’s how I do it. I couldn’t let them get confidence.”

The Lions’ first four batters of the game scored. They added two more runs in the second inning, two in the fourth and two in the fifth.

Jake Jennett was 2-for-3, reached base in all four at-bats and scored three times, including when he blasted a solo home run to lead off the fourth inning. Lisbon teammate Hagen Waters had a double and a single with three runs batted in.

Austin Krob came to the mound to start the fifth inning for Lisbon. After the first IMS batter reached on an error, Krob struck out the side. He gave up a hit and a walk to start the seventh inning, but got the first and third outs with strikeouts.

— Doug Brenneman, JOURNAL Sports

Substate 6, at Indianola

No. 6 Martensdale-St. Marys 15, Southeast Warren 5 (5 innings)

Substate 7, at Harlan

No. 7 Council Bluffs St. Albert 10, Nodaway Valley 0 (5 innings)

Substate 8, at Carroll

No. 9 Tri-Center 8, No. 10 Anita CAM 3

 

Class 2A

Substate 1, at MOC-Floyd Valley

No. 10 Alta-Aurelia 5, West Sioux 2

Substate 2, at Algona

No. 7 Estherville Lincoln Central 10, Forest City 0 (6 innings)

Substate 3, at Independence

Denver 10, Oelwein 3

Substate 4, at Solon, 7 p.m.

No. 5 Wilton 4, No. 4 Dyersville Beckman 0

If hitters do not get to Jared Townsend in the first couple of innings, they likely never will.

The Wilton pitcher allowed fourth-ranked Dyersville Beckman to load the bases in each of the first two frames. In both instances, he escaped without allowing a run.

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“I just went back to the basics,” Townsend said after the fifth-ranked Beavers defeated Beckman, 4-0, in a Class 2A prep baseball substate final Tuesday night.

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Substate 5, at Fairfield

No. 3 Iowa City Regina 4, Central Lee 1

Starting pitcher Jake Fraise hit a solo home run in the first to give Central Lee an early 1-0 advantage, but Regina took the lead in the top of the fourth when senior Jayden Kies hit a two-out single, scoring fellow recent graduate Nicholas Brandt.

Senior Ryan Schott followed a few batters later with a two-run bloop that scored Ryne Schooley and Levi Quinlan, before the Regals added another run in the home half of the fifth when Mitchell Gahan singled home Trenton Hoogerwerf to extend the Regina lead to three runs.

Senior Mitchell Gahan collected the win by throwing 66 pitches over seven innings for the complete-game four-hitter with six strikeouts and zero walks.

“It hasn’t been an easy road,” Regina Coach Jeff Pacha said. “We’re doing a good job staying locked in and obviously getting to this point is what we want but what we really want is the ultimate goal, so we still have work to do. We’ll take tonight to enjoy the moment and get back to work tomorrow.”

— Justin Webster, Fairfield Ledger

Substate 6, at Pella

Centerville 5, East Marshall 2

Substate 7, at Marshalltown

No. 9 Van Meter 5, Aplington-Parkersburg 1

Substate 8, at Harlan

Treynor 11, Carroll Kuemper 3

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