Des Moines Iowa — For just the second time in the history of the Iowa summer baseball tournament two teams from the same conference will play for a title as two War Eagle foes Remsen St Mary’s and West Sioux meet for the 1A title on Saturday morning at 11am. It will mark the first time in Class 1A. The only other time was in a 4A title game.
ST. MARY’S UPSETS #1 NEWMAN 5-3
There will be a new champion in class 1A. Un-ranked Remsen St. Mary’s scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning and stunned top ranked and defending champion Mason City Newman 5-3 in the opening semifinal round game. R. J. Staab’s two out triple to right center gave the Hawks the lead.
Remsen St. Mary’s scored a run in the top of the first and then were held scoreless until the final inning.
Mason City Newman scored twice in the fourth inning to take the lead and added another run in the fifth.
That’s Remsen St. Mary’s coach Dean Harpenau said there is no quit in his team.
Leading 3-2 in the top of the seventh, Newman failed to complete a double play that would have ended the game. The top-seeded Knights ended at 33-6. Newman was making a record 20th straight state tournament appearance and a record ninth straight.
St. Mary’s will play in the 1A finals at 11 a.m. Saturday at Principal Park. The fourth-seeded Hawks are 32-5 and hope to add to state titles won in 1983, 1984 and 1985.
WEST SIOUX SQUEEZES PAST BON BOSCO
The West Sioux Falcons executed a perfect squeeze play in the bottom of the seventh to capture a 2-1, walk-off victory over the Don Bosco Dons, advancing them to the 1A championship match against fellow War Eagle Conference member Remsen St. Mary’s.
Trever Brown and Porter Hummel locked into a pitcher’s duel from the start. Brown allowed just two baserunners through the first five innings off a walk and a hit batter, but held the Falcons hitless going into the sixth.
Jett Boyer’s squeeze bunt brought home the winning run to cap a two-run bottom of the seventh inning as third ranked West Sioux edged second rated Don Bosco in the 1A semifinals.
That’s West Sioux coach Brian Engleman. It was the Falcons’ fourth straight one run victory in the post season.
West Sioux will play War Eagle Conference rival Remsen St. Mary’s in the 1A championship.
It will be the first time in 1A that two teams from the same conference meet in the title game.
Don Bosco closes out the season with a record of 35-5.
Second-seeded West Sioux (27-2) squares off against fellow War Eagle Conference member Remsen St Mary’s the four seed in the 1A finals at 11 a.m. Saturday at Principal Park.
Third-seeded Don Bosco ended the year at 35-5.