Pleasant Valley 5, Dubuque Senior 3: Pleasant Valley scratched across two runs in the seventh inning Friday night to defeat Dubuque Senior in a Class 4A substate opener.
After Jose Lara drew a walk, Max Slavens tripled him home for the go-ahead run. Slavens later scored on an infield error.
"It was a really great win for our kids," PV coach Bill Sandry said. "It has been quite a while since we've had a big win like that in the tournament. We got that monkey off our back."
Kyle Stoddard picked up the win in relief. Stoddard struck out four and allowed just one hit in 2 1/3 innings.
PV (21-18) plays host to Linn-Mar, a nine-inning winner over Clinton, on Monday in a substate semifinal.
Central 5, Western Dubuque 2 (10 inn): Davenport Central knocked off top-seeded Western Dubuque for the second time this season.
Thanks to three runs in the top half of the 10th inning, Central (14-18) advanced to Monday's substate semifinal at Cedar Rapids Jefferson.
Central led 2-1 in the seventh inning before Western Dubuque tied it to force extra innings.
Iowa City West 10, North 1: State-ranked and top-seeded Iowa City West used a three-run second and two-run fourth to break free from Davenport North in a Class 4A substate opener.
Jared Beck provided the lone run for the Wildcats with a solo home run in the second inning. North finished the season 11-28.
Assumption 11, West Liberty 1: Justus Burke recorded three hits while Luke Fennelly and Trenton Wallace each had two as Class 3A second-ranked Assumption coasted past West Liberty in six innings of a district opener at Washington.
The Knights (36-5) broke the game open with a five-run second inning. It was more than enough for junior Daniel Powers, who worked a complete game. Powers yielded three hits and struck out eight.
Fennelly and Ben Beutel each drove in two for Assumption, which is back in Washington on Monday to face the host school at 7 p.m. in a district final.
Central DeWitt 3, Clear Creek Amana 0: Brad Gannon tossed a two-hit shutout and Central DeWitt made two first-inning runs hold up in a Class 3A district victory in Solon.
Gannon struck out six and walked none as he improved his season ERA to 0.38. Cam Steffens, McGwire Eden and Joel Kirby each had two hits for the Sabers, who improved to 25-15 and are back in Solon on Monday to face Solon (26-13).
Marion 9, Maquoketa 1: Maquoketa gave fifth-ranked Marion an early scare, but the Indians erupted for a six-run fourth inning to finish the Cardinals' season in the Class 3A district opener.
Ryan Gruenwald had a run-scoring single for Maquoketa.