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Iowa high school baseball rankings: Western Dubuque holds strong at No. 2 in Class 4A

Cedar Rapids Xavier remains atop the 3A rankings; Iowa City High cracks 4A poll

Epworth Western Dubuque’s Casey Perrenoud (6) throws to first for an out against Cedar Rapids Xavier during their prep baseball game at Xavier in Cedar Rapids on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Epworth Western Dubuque’s Casey Perrenoud (6) throws to first for an out against Cedar Rapids Xavier during their prep baseball game at Xavier in Cedar Rapids on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

Western Dubuque has been considered one of the top teams in Iowa high school baseball since the start of the season.

The Bobcats returned loads of talent and depth from a Class 4A state semifinal appearance a year ago.

Western Dubuque is 20-2 this season and remains second in the latest installment of the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association rankings released Sunday night. The Bobcats have been one spot behind top-ranked Johnston in each of the first five polls.

The attention is nice but it doesn’t mean much to the Bobcats, unless they are in one of the top two spots at the end of the season.

“It’s an honor to get recognition for how we’re doing,” Western Dubuque Coach Casey Bryant said. “We have a lot of tough games left, so I’m not concerned about it.

“We’re happy with our start.”

Western Dubuque has a tough six-game home stretch at Farley Park that started Monday night with a doubleheader against Dubuque Wahlert. The Bobcats host third-ranked Iowa City West on Friday with a twinbill next Monday against Iowa City High, which cracked the rankings at 10th this week.

“Our players understand it’s a one pitch at a time game,” Bryant said. “You can’t jump to the end.

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“We’re focused on getting the top seed (in substate). There is an awful lot of baseball.”

Linn-Mar had won 15 of its last 17 before Monday’s doubleheader at Waterloo East. The Lions are seventh with a 15-5 overall mark. Linn-Mar and City High will play Friday at Mercer Park.

Cedar Rapids Xavier gives the Mississippi Valley Conference five ranked teams. The Saints remain atop the 3A rankings for the fourth straight week.

Marion is fifth and Solon is sixth in 3A. The two teams played in a Wamac Conference doubleheader Monday.

In Class 2A, North Linn jumped one spot to second. Dyersville Beckman is eighth.

Alburnett holds steady at sixth in the 1A rankings. HLV is 10th.

Wilton holds the top spot in 2A, while Mason City Newman is first in 1A.

CLASS 4A

1. Johnston

2. Western Dubuque

3. Iowa City West

4. Southeast Polk

5. West Des Moines Dowling

6. Des Moines Roosevelt

7. Linn-Mar

8. Urbandale

9. Ankeny Centennial

10. Iowa City High

Others receiving votes: Dubuque Hempstead, Mason City, Waukee

 

CLASS 3A

1. Cedar Rapids Xavier

2. Davenport Assumption

3. DeWitt Central

4. Harlan

5. Marion

6. Solon

7. Ballard

8. Centerville

9. Gilbert

10. Sioux City Heelan

Others receiving votes: Boone, Fairfield, Grinnell, MOC-Floyd Valley, Oskaloosa, Washington, Waverly-Shell Rock

 

CLASS 2A

1. Wilton

2. North Linn

3. Dike-New Hartford

4. Treynor

5. New Hampton

6. Van Meter

7. West Lyon

8. Dyersville Beckman

9. Hinton

10. Estherville-Lincoln Central

Others receiving votes: Cascade, Pocahontas Area, Underwood, West Marshall

 

CLASS 1A

1. Mason City Newman

2. Southeast Warren

3. Martensdale-St. Marys

4. Calamus-Wheatland

5. Don Bosco

6. Alburnett

7. Saint Ansgar

8. Kingsley-Pierson

9. Coon Rapids-Bayard

10. HLV

Others receiving votes: Anita CAM, Council Bluffs St. Albert, Remsen St. Mary’s, South Winneshiek, West Fork, Woodbury Central.

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