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Softball

Iowa state tournament\u00a0

at Rogers Sports Complex, Fort Dodge

Class 1A

Today's semifinals

Collins-Maxwell (28-1) vs. Lisbon (34-8), 11 a.m.

Akron-Westfield (27-4) vs. AGWSR (27-7), 1 p.m.

Class 2A

Tuesday's consolation

Logan-Magnolia 4, Wilton 3

Today's semifinals

Louisa-Muscatine (36-6) vs. Central Springs (28-3), 3 p.m.

Des Moines Christian (23-6) vs. Iowa City Regina (24-15), 5 p.m.

Class 3A\u00a0

Tuesday's scores

Albia 10, Spirit Lake 0 (5 inn.)

Roland-Story 6, Waterloo Columbus 1

Today's semifinals

Davenport Assumption (37-3) vs. Humboldt (31-3), 11:30 a.m.

Albia (32-4) vs. Roland-Story (29-4), 1:30 p.m.

Class 4A

Tuesday's scores

ADM, Adel 9, Dallas Center-Grimes 1

Newton 1, Cedar Rapids Xavier 0

Des Moines Hoover 7, Charles City 2

Sergeant Bluff-Luton 3, Independence 2

Today's semifinals

ADM, Adel (34-7) vs. Newton (25-7), 3:30 p.m.

Des Moines Hoover (20-7) vs. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (24-13), 5:30 p.m.

Class 5A

Tuesday's scores

Pleasant Valley 4, Iowa City High 0

West Des Moines Valley 2, Johnston 1

Indianola 4, Dubuque Hempstead 1

Cedar Rapids Jefferson 3, Fort Dodge 1 (8 inn.)

Today's semifinals

Pleasant Valley (34-7) vs. West Des Moines Valley (32-9), 7 p.m.

Indianola (35-3) vs. Cedar Rapids Jefferson (35-8), 7:30 p.m.

Pleasant Valley 4, Iowa City High 0

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Ayana Lindsey and Carey Koenig. Ellie Spelhaug, Alexia Lara (6) and Peggy Klingler. W -- Spelhaug (22-2). L -- Lindsey (12-11). Two or more hits -- City High, Keli Potter; PV, Emily Wood 3. 3B -- PV, Wood. HR -- PV, Lara. RBI -- PV, Bell Luebken 2, Lara, Wood.\u00a0

Records: Iowa City High 24-19; Pleasant Valley 34-7

River Valley All-Conference teams

Elite team

Pitchers -- Kamryn Meyer, Durant, Jr.; Abby Stock, Camanche, Jr.; Katie Bracken, Regina, Jr. Infielders -- Hannah Happ, Durant, Jr.; Tarah Wehde, Camanche, So.; Casidy Dondiego, Northeast, Sr.; Haylee Lehman, West Liberty, So. Outfielders -- Jess Hunter, Regina, Jr.; Macy Akers, West Liberty, Jr.; Rebecca Schroeder, Bellevue, Sr.; Nicki Henson, West Branch, Fr. Catchers -- Madi Parson, Camanche, Jr.; Austyn Crees, West Liberty, So. Utility -- Marly Bussa, Camanche, Sr.; Paisley Gardner, Regina, Sr.; Taylor McDonald, Monticello, Sr.; Chloe Wells, Wilton, Fr.

South Division team

Pitchers -- Jenna Lawson, Durant, Jr.; Emma Martin, West Liberty, Sr.; Kaiya Luneckas, West Branch, So. Infielders -- Lauren Marth, Regina, Jr.; Kortney Drake, Wilton, Jr.; Breana Thurness, West Liberty, Sr.; Georgia Nisly, Mid-Prairie, So. Outfielders -- Ruby Kappeler, Durant, Jr.; Kali Milder, Wilton, Sr.; Rylee Vercande, Mid-Prairie, 8th; Mackenzie Heise, West Branch, So. Catcher -- Laken Hermiston, Tipton, Jr. Utility -- Taylor O'Conner, Regina, Sr.; Carrigan O'Conner, Regina, Jr.; Karlie Schult, Wilton, So.; Abbi Patterson, Mid-Prairie, So.; Sailor Hall, West Liberty, 8th.

Coach of the year -- Steve Hopkins, Durant.

North Division team

Pitchers -- Grace Tath, Bellevue, Fr.; Hailey Hannon, Cascade, Jr.; Caitlin Cruse, Monticello, Sr. Infielders -- Lauren Ries, Monticello, Sr.; Morgan Kremer, Cascade, Jr.; Claire Abbott, Northeast, So.; Lauren Snyder, Camanche, 8th. Outfielders -- Tonya Menke, Cascade, Jr.; Neveah Hildebrandt, Northeast, Fr.; Lindsey Banowetz, Bellevue, So,; Aspen Gillmore, Monticello, Jr. Catchers -- Bree Mangelsen, Northeast, So.; Tori McDonald, Monticello, Fr. Utility -- Jaylynn Kraus, Monticello, Sr.; Alyssa Barnhart, North Cedar, Jr.; Eliza Sheckel, Bellevue, Sr.; Alexis Ehlers, Northeast, Fr.

Coach of the Year -- Kevin Roling, Camanche.

Honorable Mention

Brianna Laughlin, Bellevue, So.; Camaryn Carstensen, Camanche, Jr.; Lidia Boffeli, Cascade, Jr.; Mallory Warner, Durant, Jr.; Anna Vilovchik, Mid-Prairie, Sr.; Sydney Hansen, Monticello, Jr.; Kassidie Galloway, North Cedar, So.; Valerie Spooner, Northeast, Fr.; Emma Nibaur, Regina, 8th; Allie Ryan, Tipton, Sr.; Taylor Thein, West Branch, So.; Janey Gingerich, West Liberty, Fr.; Mila Johnson, Wilton, Fr.

Baseball

Iowa postseason

Class 2A Substate 4

Tuesday's score

At Solon -- Wilton 4, Dyersville Beckman 0

Class 3A Substate 4

Today's game

At Cedar Rapids Xavier -- Central DeWitt (29-12) vs. Davenport Assumption (30-10), 7 p.m.

Class 4A Substate 5

Today's final

Davenport West (19-14) at North Scott (27-10), 7 p.m.

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FORT DODGE, Iowa\u00a0\u2014 During 38 regular-season games, Ellie Spelhaug and Alexia Lara pitched in the same contest only four times.

In the postseason, the two-headed pitching attack has been a critical piece of the Pleasant Valley softball team's success.

Spelhaug and Lara teamed for nine strikeouts and a three-hitter Tuesday evening as top-ranked PV blanked Iowa City High 4-0 in a Class 5A state quarterfinal at the Rogers Sports Complex.\u00a0

\"Most teams have only one ace pitcher, but we're fortunate to have two pitchers who could go to any other school and be the ace,\" PV third baseman Bell Luebken said. \"We might as well use both of them.\"

PV (34-7) is in the semifinals for the third consecutive season. It will meet fifth-ranked West Des Moines Valley (32-9) at 7 p.m. today.

With doubleheaders during the season and multiple contests in a day at weekend tournaments, the Spartans usually pitch Spelhaug one game and Lara the other.\u00a0

But come postseason, coach Jose Lara has opted to use Spelhaug for the first five innings and turn it over to his daughter for the final two.\u00a0

Spelhaug throws harder and relies on a dropball. Lara tends to elevate the ball more.\u00a0

\"It gives us an advantage because Ellie doesn't have to go a full seven,\" Alexia Lara said. \"She knows, 'OK, I can throw my best five and then I got another good pitcher behind me.'\u00a0

\"We have confidence in each other we can get the job done for one another.\"

Coach Lara used that same approach in all three state tournament games last year.

\"If we have the lead going into the sixth, we're going to be pretty hard to beat,\" he said. \"Those two are just so different in how they pitch.\"

City High (24-19) produced only four baserunners in the game. It had just one reach scoring position, but Spelhaug worked around it in the fifth inning.\u00a0

\"We just didn't square up balls like we have been,\" City High coach Jeff Koenig said. \"We got fooled a few times.

\"(Spelhaug) is probably one of the best pitchers in the state.\"

PV hit its stride offensively the second time through the order.

After generating only a bunt single in the first 2 2/3 innings, Carli Spelhaug dropped in a two-out single and Emily Wood followed with an RBI triple.\u00a0

An inning later, Alexia Lara smacked a homer over the fence in center.\u00a0

\"The game is all about making adjustments,\" Alexia Lara said. \"We made them a little bit later in the game, but that is better than not making them at all.

\"We were expecting a lot of inside (pitches) and prepared for that, but she started outside and we had to switch our mentality. It took a while.\"

The Spartans delivered the clinching blow in the fifth.\u00a0

Wood and Ellie Spelhaug strung together back-to-back two-out hits. With first base open, City High decided to intentionally walk Lara.\u00a0

\"I was a little surprised with two outs,\" coach Lara said, \"but I liked that. Bell is a good ball player and there's a reason she's our No. 5 hitter. I had all the faith in her she was going to come through.\"

Luebken made the Little Hawks pay.\u00a0

She took Ayana Lindsey's first pitch to right-center for a two-run single. It was Luebken's first hit in three postseason games.

\"I wasn't even surprised,\" Wood said. \"Bell was due for a hit for a while. I was so proud of her when she got it.\"

Luebken said it was a big confidence boost. She started in the field, but was not part of PV's batting lineup at state last season.

\"I just wanted to prove them wrong for making that decision,\" she said.\u00a0

Wood finished with three of PV's nine hits. The freshman outfielder raised her average to over .500 for the season.\u00a0

\"She has so many weapons,\" coach Lara said. \"That girl is already scary. Two years from now, it is scary to think how good she'll be for our program.\"

PV, vying for back-to-back state championships, faces a rugged test in Valley. The teams split during the regular season, with the Tigers winning the last matchup 1-0 on June 30.\u00a0

\"We know (Valley) well,\" coach Lara said. \"The girls love playing against them. They know it is going to be competitive and a hard game.\u00a0

\"Not saying tonight wasn't going to be hard, but they know this is going to be the game just like last year.\"

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SOLON, Iowa\u00a0\u2014\u00a0Wilton baseball coach Jake Souhrada escaped the celebration and took a moment to exhale. As Wilton fans began to congregate on the field, one made a bee-line for Souhrada to give him a high-five.

\"Finally,\" the fan said to Souhrada with a smile.

The Wilton baseball team has been on the doorstep of the state tournament, losing in the substate championship in 2017 and the district championship in 2015 and 2016.

This time, the Beavers got the job done.

Junior Jared Townsend had 13 strikeouts and Wilton scraped together four runs to break a scoreless tie in the top of the sixth to take down Class 2A No. 4 Dyersville Beckman, 4-0, and clinch its first state tournament berth since 2005.

\"It feels great, these guys put in a lot of time,\" Souhrada said. \"A lot of teams we've had have come up just short. We were in several jams and got out of those to get it done. It's a great feeling for these guys. I'm very proud of what they've done.\"

Townsend stranded at least two Dyersville Beckman baserunners in four of the first five innings, which included getting out of bases-loaded jams in the game's first two innings.

\"He didn't have his best stuff and he was a little out and around,\" Souhrada said of Townsend. \"He battled through the innings for us and got it done.\"

Townsend struck out two batters with the bases loaded in the top of the first, and had two strikeouts and picked off a runner at second in the top of the second inning to escape unscathed.

Then, Beckman (29-12) had runners on second and third with two outs after a wild pitch by Townsend. Beckman's Nate Funke struck out, but the ball bounced off Wilton catcher Brock Hartley and up the first-base line.

Hartley sprinted after the ball, slid on his shin guards to recover it and made the throw to first all in one motion to get the Beavers out of the inning and prevent a run.

\"That was a very difficult play,\" Souhrada said. \"Thank God he got it done because that shifted momentum back to us.\"

Townsend would have to battle his way out of trouble one more time.

With the game still scoreless in the fifth, Townsend walked two Beckman batters. With only one out, he buckled down once again and struck out the next two batters. Townsend let out a roar of celebration, and that was the last time Beckman posed a threat on offense.

\"I just went back to the basics, back to the stuff I've worked on since last winter,\" Townsend said. \"I just tried to battle through everything and I knew my teammates had my back and went out and competed. I had to challenge them (hitters) every pitch.\"

Finally, after posing little threat through five innings, the Beavers found their bats in the top of the sixth. Towsend was hit by a pitch, Tyler Hartman drew a walk and Hartley singled to load the bases with one out.

Chantz Stevens delivered a shot between third and short for a single to give Wilton a 1-0 lead. Brayton Wade was the next batter, and he put the ball in play with a short chopper. Beckman's Connor McDermott sailed a throw over first base, and all three Wilton baserunners scored to give the Beavers a 4-0 lead.

\"That's a group that's loose, they don't get tight,\" Souhrada said of his team. \"They just play through it. They stay loose and play hard the whole time and that showed tonight.\"

Cory Anderson relieved Townsend in the sixth inning and recorded the final five outs to send the Beavers to the Class 2A state tournament at Principal Park in Des Moines. Wilton will find out its state draw today and will open play Monday.

\"We've played together our whole lives, and this has always been the goal, to get to the state tournament,\" Townsend said. \"But we want more, we have to keep working at practice and get better and go get it done out there.\"

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Class 3A

Davenport Assumption (37-3) vs. Humboldt (31-3)

When: Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.

Where: Rogers Sports Complex, Fort Dodge

Twitter: @mattcoss78

How they got here: Assumption has outscored its four postseason opponents 34-6, including a 14-4 quarterfinal win over Benton. Humboldt has beaten four teams by a 30-6 margin in the postseason, including a 3-0 victory over Atlantic on Monday night.\u00a0

Assumption's key players: Olivia Wardlow, fr. (.557 avg., 55 runs, 15 2B, 30 RBI); Hannah Kelley, sr. (21-1, 0.53 ERA; .418 avg., 52 RBI); Anna Wohlers, fr. (.417 avg., 11 2B, 44 RBI)

Humboldt's key players: Ellie Jacobson, so. (29-2, 0.90 ERA, 194 IP, 237 Ks); Carlie Thompson, so. (.458 avg., 46 runs, 10 2B, 24 SB); Jori Hajek, fr. (.358 avg., 8 HR, 29 RBI)

Quick hits:\u00a0No. 1 Assumption has won 19 straight games since a 13-0 loss to Pleasant Valley at the Davenport West tournament in June. The Knights haven't been held below four runs since a 3-2 win over Davenport North on June 11. Olivia Wardlow and Olivia Allen have combined for 13 hits in the postseason. ... No. 4 Humboldt has won nine in a row. Two of its three losses are to state semifinalists in Lisbon (1A) and Albia (3A). The Wildcats have only two starters back from last year's fifth-place team.\u00a0

Class 2A

Louisa-Muscatine (36-6) vs. Central Springs (28-3)

When: Wednesday, 3 p.m.

Where: Rogers Sports Complex, Fort Dodge

Twitter: @mattcoss78

How they got here: Louisa-Muscatine clubbed Danville, rallied late to beat Wapello, blanked East Marshall and slipped past Wilton 3-2 in the quarterfinals. This is L-M's first trip to state in program history. Central Springs beat West Fork, Nashua-Plainfield and St. Ansgar in regionals before a 4-0 win over Logan-Magnolia on Monday.

L-M's key players:\u00a0Isabelle True, jr. (18-3, 1.40 ERA, 127 1/3 IP, 189 Ks); Katie Koppe, jr. (.434 avg., 12 2B, 36 RBI); Hailey Sanders, so. (.337 avg., 8 2B, 32 RBI; 8-2, 1.07 ERA)

Central Springs' key players:\u00a0Hannah Ausenhus, jr. (28-3, 0.84 ERA, 158 1/3 IP, 190 Ks); Anna Dietrich, sr. (.406 avg., 12 2B, 8 HR, 55 RBI); Kaylee Parks, sr. (.500 avg., 42 runs, 17 SB)

Quick hits: The top seed and ranked third in 2A, the Falcons have reeled off 12 straight wins. True struck out a 2A state tournament record 16 in Monday's win over Wilton. L-M outfielder McKenna Hohenadel left Monday's game with injury after sliding into second base. Central Springs is at state for the fourth straight year. Ausenhus is a a carer 100-game plus winner. Central Springs has played only one 4A/5A school this season. L-M has played 11.\u00a0

Class 5A

Pleasant Valley (34-7) vs. WDM Valley (32-9)

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Where: Rogers Sports Complex, Fort Dodge

Twitter: @mattcoss78

How they got here: PV blanked Davenport Central and doubled-up Burlington in regionals before Tuesday's 4-0 win over Iowa City High. Valley beat Roosevelt (10-0) and Ankeny (4-0) before Tuesday's 2-1 win over Johnston.\u00a0

PV's key players:\u00a0Ellie Spelhaug, sr. (22-2, 0.67 ERA; 13 HR, 59 RBI); Alexia Lara, sr. (.453 avg., 14 2B, 8 HR, 39 RBI; 10-2, 1.31 ERA); Emily Wood, fr. (.504 avg., 52 runs, 10 3B)

Valley's key players:\u00a0Alex Honnold, so. (.590 avg., 20 2B, 27 RBI); Claire Stalzer, sr. (18-5, 1.48 ERA, 158 1/3 IP, 143 Ks); Maggie House, jr. (.375 avg., 14 2B, 5 HR, 36 RBI)

Quick hits: This will be third meeting of the season between the teams. Top-ranked PV won the first meeting 5-4 and fifth-ranked Valley took the second, 1-0, on June 30. The Spartans outlasted the Tigers in extra innings in last year's state quarterfinal en route to their state title. The top four hitters in PV's lineup -- Carli Spelhaug, Wood, Ellie Spelhaug and Lara -- have 22 of the team's 25 postseason hits. Valley has won six state titles, none since 2010.\u00a0

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IOWA CITY \u2014 Forget what you\u2019ve heard. There\u2019s absolutely no truth to the rumor.

The Iowa basketball team has not been practicing all summer without the use of a ball.

However, there have been a lot of defensive drills. An awful lot.

If you saw much of the Hawkeyes last season, you know why. Despite averaging 79.7 points per game, having four starters average in double figures, ranking 31st in the country in field goal percentage and being fourth in the nation in assists per game, they went 14-19.

All of that implies that the defense must have been pretty awful.

And most of the time it was.

\u201cObviously, we knew where we lacked last year,\u2019\u2019 junior forward Cordell Pemsl said. \u201cWe\u2019ve got guys on this team that can score but when we really get our defense going is when we\u2019re hard to stop. That\u2019s definitely something we wanted to focus on this summer.\u2019\u2019

\u201cIt\u2019s definitely been a focal point for us,\u2019\u2019 added Nicholas Baer, who will be the team's only senior next season. \u201cMost importantly, it\u2019s one-on-one defense. As we look at some of our games last year, we had a little bit of a difficult time guarding the ball individually. Part of that is playing a lot of one-and-one and also incorporating team concepts as well.\u2019\u2019

The Iowa players knew they were going to get a heavy dose of defensive drills this summer.

They all say they wanted it that way.

\u201cIt\u2019s not like something that was pushed at us,\u2019\u2019 guard Isaiah Moss said. \u201cWe all wanted to get better on defense. That\u2019s what\u2019s going to take us to the next level.\u2019\u2019

Junior point guard Jordan Bohannon said he\u2019s not sure the Hawkeyes have spent more time on defense than in past summers and he said Fran McCaffery and his coaching staff haven\u2019t brought in a bunch of new drills or anything.

The basic drills are pretty much what have been used in the past.

\u201cBut we\u2019re just breaking it down even more, which is important, because I don\u2019t think there was anything wrong with the stuff we were doing,\u2019\u2019 Bohannon said. \u201cI think there\u2019s just little details we need to fix and I think we\u2019re doing a good job of just getting down to the nitty gritty of what things we need to change for the upcoming season.\u2019\u2019

There\u2019s really no reason the Hawkeyes can\u2019t become a significantly better team at the defensive end of the court this season.

Defense is less about pure talent than it is effort, intelligence, instincts and communication.

The shortcomings of last season occasionally occurred because of mental lapses. And there were instances when opposing teams simply competed harder than the Hawkeyes, especially in the opening minutes of games.

Junior forward Tyler Cook, who opted to pull out of the NBA draft and return to Iowa for another season, said he and his teammates need to be tougher and more hard-nosed than they were in the 2017-18 season if they want to do a better job of stopping teams.

\u201cWe\u2019re just competing more,\u2019\u2019 he said. \u201cAt the end of the day, you can do as many drills as you want to but you\u2019ve got to go out there and compete. I think doing a lot of that this summer is going to help us.\u2019\u2019

All of the Iowa players feel they weren\u2019t that far away from having a good year.

They showed that in their final game in the Big Ten tournament when they took Michigan into overtime before losing. The Wolverines ended up in the national championship game about a month later.

Pemsl feels that has put a sort of collective chip on the Hawkeyes\u2019 shoulders.

\u201cNobody wants to go 14-19,\u2019\u2019 he said. \u201cNobody wants to miss the tournament. Nobody wants to be done and have spring break ...

\u201cIt\u2019s frustrating when you know you can compete with the teams that are still out there and it\u2019s something that we\u2019re just looking forward to. The past is in the past. It\u2019s just time to move forward and show everyone what we can do.\u2019\u2019

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Renee Gillispie coaches softball for a living.

A little more than a month into her new job as the head coach at Iowa, she also has become a bridge builder.

Gillispie is working to rebuild ties with instate high school programs and a starting point for restoring the Hawkeye program begins this week as she watches talent compete at the Iowa state high school tournament.

\u201cBeing from Iowa, I never stopped coming to the state tournament looking for players when I was coaching at UCF and now that I\u2019m at Iowa, this is where we begin,\u2019\u2019 Gillispie said. \u201cThere is good talent in our state. Other Big Ten programs are winning with that talent. We need to keep that talent home.\u2019\u2019

Gillispie grew up in Danville, Iowa, played collegiately at Kirkwood Community College and West Texas A&M and has spent the past 18 years coaching at Central Florida, which she led to a 625-403-1 record, five conference titles and seven NCAA regional appearances.

She inherits a program that has gone 172-247-1 over the past eight seasons, She has replaced Marla Looper, who resigned in May.

The Hawkeyes\u2019 recruiting class for 2018 was already complete when Gillispie was hired, so her eyes this week in Fort Dodge are focused on underclass talent.

Gillispie is also sending letters to each high school coach in the state, introducing herself and her game plan for restoring an Iowa program that made four appearances in the College World Series during the 23-year tenure of Gayle Blevins.

\u201cA lot of Gayle Blevins\u2019 best teams were built around players from Iowa and the Midwest. One of the things we\u2019re letting coaches know is that is where our success will start,\u2019\u2019 Gillispie said. \u201cWe want to recruit those homegrown players and welcome them to our program.\u2019\u2019

Feedback from coaches has been positive, giving Gillispie encouragement and a starting point as she settles in.

\u201cThis is home. There were 55 people at our family\u2019s Fourth of July reunion and feels good to be back and to have a chance to lead a program that competes in a great conference and has a good history,\u2019\u2019 she said. \u201cPeople want us to succeed and that\u2019s a great place to begin.\u2019\u2019

Gillispie believes her roots in the state give her an understanding of what the Iowa high school player is all about.

\u201cUnless you\u2019re from Iowa, you don\u2019t understand the excitement that surrounds softball here and has for many years,\u2019\u2019 Gillispie said.

\u201cIt\u2019s a sport that is so important throughout the state and that intrigued me about the job. This is the only job I would have left Orlando for because I understand the potential that exists. It\u2019s been kind of hard to watch from afar the struggles Iowa has had the past few seasons. It doesn\u2019t have to be that way.\u2019\u2019

Gillispie is working with Iowa deputy director of athletics and sport administrator Barbara Burke to centralize Iowa\u2019s training facilities. She expects some clubhouse improvements and cosmetic upgrades at Pearl Field to be in place before the start of the 2019 season.

She also has spent the past few weeks getting to know the players on the Iowa roster.

She sees potential there as well, digging inside the Hawkeyes\u2019 21-32 record from a year ago to see a team that did earn wins over eighth-ranked Baylor, 13th-rated Arizona State, 17th-rated Michigan and upset Ohio State in the Big Ten tourney.

\u201cYou see hints of the possibilities. Allison Doocy is a quality pitcher. There is some talent on the roster,\u2019\u2019 Gillispie said. \u201cPart of my job is to help create the confidence they need and to bring the discipline and focus that is needed to have success.\u2019\u2019

Iowa\u2019s incoming recruits will fit in well with the program\u2019s needs and Gillispie likes what she has seen from Bettendorf\u2019s DoniRae Mayhew, named the national junior college player of the year this spring after hitting .446 with 18 doubles and a nation-leading 30 home runs at Kirkwood.

Mayhew also went 20-3 as a pitcher at the junior-college level and Gillispie said the incoming junior can help the Hawkeyes in a number of ways.

\u201cShe\u2019s an amazing hitter and her bat will help us right from the start,\u2019\u2019 Gillispie said. \u201cShe\u2019s a player who could play a lot of different positions and we\u2019ll work to figure that out over time, but she will make an impact. She\u2019s the type of player we need and that we\u2019re out looking for.\u2019\u2019

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Class 3A

Central DeWitt (29-12) vs. Assumption (30-10)

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Where: Cedar Rapids Xavier High School

Twitter: @dox5

How they got here: Central DeWitt beat Marion 3-2 and upset second-ranked Cedar Rapids Xavier 5-4. Assumption has knocked off Maquoketa 10-0 and Dubuque Wahlert 1-0.

Central DeWitt's key players: Devin Hurdle, jr. (.401 avg., 49 runs, 9 2B, 26 SB); Luke Anderson, so. (.339 avg., 19 2B, 36 RBI, 6-2 pitching, 2.26 ERA); Lucas Bixby, jr. (6-0, 1.04 ERA); Alex McAleer (.348 avg., 22 RBI; 7-0, 1.49 ERA)

Assumption's key players: Jayce Levy, sr. (.382 avg., 10 2B, 12 SB); Seth Adrian, so. (.376 avg., 7 2B, 3 HR, 21 RBI); Ryan Wohlers, sr. (.286 avg., 11 2B, 22 RBI, 4-1, 3.63 ERA); Adam Quested, jr. (6-1, 1.27 ERA, 38 IP, 42 Ks)

Quick hits:\u00a0Winner advances to state tournament next Tuesday in Des Moines. This is the fourth postseason meeting in the last five years between these schools (Sabers have 2-1 edge). Central DeWitt has won 12 of its last 14 games. Both teams have ERAs below 2.30 and rank among the top eight in 3A. Assumption's Nick Gottilla pitched a no-hitter in Monday's win over Wahlert and won't be eligible to pitch in this game because of pitch count rule. The Knights have won nine of their last 10.\u00a0

Class 4A

Davenport West (19-14) vs. North Scott (27-10)

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Where: North Scott High School, Eldridge

Twitter: @zach_martin95

How they got here:\u00a0Davenport West beat Dubuque Hempstead 5-2 and Dubuque Senior 1-0. North Scott rallied past Clinton 2-1 and received a bye in the substate semifinal round.\u00a0

West's key players: Clayton Nettleton, sr. (5-2, 1.95 ERA, 54 1/3 IP, 105 Ks; .367 avg., 12 2B); Trevor Burkhart, sr. (.423 avg., 32 runs, 38 SB); Alex Hunt, sr. (.323 avg., 6 2B, 16 RBI)\u00a0

North Scott's key players: Tony Barreca, sr. (.467 avg., 48 runs, 10 2B, 20 RBI, 15 SB); Brooks Sunny, sr. (.480 avg., 14 2B, 43 RBI); Kyle Denison, sr. (4-1, 1.17 ERA)

Quick hits:\u00a0Winner heads to state tournament next Wednesday in Des Moines. Nettleton, an Iowa recruit, is expected to get the start for West. He allowed five earned runs and struck out nine in 5 1/3 innings against the Lancers on July 5. West is seeking its second state trip in three years under coach Scott Beatty. North Scott is the top seed and MAC champion. The Lancers' Greysen Drezek threw a complete game Saturday against Clinton and can't pitch after throwing 97 pitches in that contest. North Scott swept West earlier this month, 7-6 and 7-3. The Lancers made the state tournament last in 2015.

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The greatest athletes of our generation lost championships this year in blowouts but cemented their legacies as transcendent figures.

LeBron James' Cavaliers were swept in four games of the NBA Finals by the Warriors, losing the final game by 23 points before James announced he was headed for the Lakers as a free agent.

Serena Williams on Saturday lost 6-3, 6-3 to Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon final - a rarity for the seven-time champion who had only dropped one set in this year's tournament before the final.

But it seems more certain than ever that Williams and James are defining a generation of athletics. And they're doing it not only with their prowess on their respective courts but by embracing their superstar status.

The debate about \"the greatest of all time\" will rage on. But like Muhammad Ali, they've transcended sports - tackling issues including race, gender and politics - and will be iconic symbols of our time.

James, 33, convinced even some of his most ardent doubters of his deserving legacy by carrying an otherwise train-wreck team to the finals. Shortly after, the four-time MVP - who has been openly political by endorsing candidates, criticizing President Donald Trump and talking about police brutality - opened doors to his \"I Promise\" school in Akron, Ohio, and called it one of his most important accomplishments.

For her part, Williams, 36, awed spectators by returning to competition just 10 months after giving birth to her daughter, Olympia, and undergoing life-saving surgeries for blood clots. She didn't just return, she went all the way to the Wimbledon final.

Everyone asked, \"How?\"

Commentators and fans nearly transformed Williams into a mythological figure. But despite competing like a superhero, what has made Williams so relatable and socially important is her vulnerability and honesty.

She has drawn attention to the disparate level of medical attention black mothers receive. She opened up about her decision to discontinue breastfeeding, her medical struggles and missing her daughter's first steps.

While interviewed on the court, Williams, who is a 23-time Grand Slam champion, was called \"superhuman, Supermom.\"

\"No, I'm just me,\" Williams said, holding back tears. \"That's all I can be. But for all the moms out there, I was playing for you today. I tried. ... I look forward to continuing to be out here and doing what I do best.\"

This Wimbledon might be one of the first times I've heard an athlete mentioned as a mother without it defining her or being used as a stereotype against her. (I thankfully missed any diaper-changing jokes during Wimbledon.)

\"I was really happy to get this far,\" Williams said. \"It's obviously disappointing, but I can't be disappointed. I'm literally just getting started.\"

Williams' unparalleled talent, like James', is undeniable. But both athletes have transcended any \"world's greatest\" conversations by elevating the dialogue beyond their courts and their sports.

Visit the Chicago Tribune at www.chicagotribune.com

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A pair of football players from both Iowa and Iowa State were named Monday to award watch lists for the upcoming season.

Hawkeyes quarterback Nate Stanley and Cyclones running back David Montgomery were named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, presented annually to the player of the year in college football.

Iowa defensive end Anthony Nelson and ISU cornerback Brian Peavy were named to the watch list for the Bednarik Award, presented to the top defensive player in college football by the Philadelphia-based Maxwell Football Club.

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Softball

Iowa state softball tournament\u00a0

at Rogers Sports Complex, Fort Dodge

Class 1A

Monday's scores

Collins-Maxwell 5, Newell-Fonda 0

Lisbon 3, Martensdale-St. Marys 2

Akron-Westfield 12, New London 2 (6 inn.)

AGWSR 4, Janesville 3

Wednesday's semifinals

Collins-Maxwell (28-1) vs. Lisbon (34-8), 11 a.m.

Akron-Westfield (27-4) vs. AGWSR (27-7), 1 p.m.

Class 2A

Monday's scores

Louisa-Muscatine 3, Wilton 2

Central Springs 4, Logan-Magnolia 0

Des Moines Christian 3, Earlham 2

Iowa City Regina 7, Alta-Aurelia 2

Wednesday's semifinals

Louisa-Muscatine (36-6) vs. Central Springs (28-3), 3 p.m.

Des Moines Christian (23-6) vs. Iowa City Regina (24-15), 5 p.m.

Class 3A\u00a0

Monday's scores

Davenport Assumption 14, Benton Community 4 (6 inn.)

Humboldt 3, Atlantic 0

Today's games

Albia (31-4) vs. Spirit Lake (28-7), 11 a.m.

Waterloo Columbus Catholic (38-2) vs. Roland-Story (28-4), 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday's semifinal

Davenport Assumption (37-3) vs. Humboldt (31-3), 11:30 a.m.

Class 4A

Today's games

ADM (33-7) vs. Dallas Center-Grimes (18-22), 1 p.m.

Newton (24-7) vs. Cedar Rapids Xavier (25-16), 1:30 p.m.

Charles City (33-6) vs. Des Moines Hoover (19-7), 3 p.m.

Independence (34-6) vs. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (23-13), 3:30 p.m.

Class 5A

Today's games

Pleasant Valley (33-7) vs. Iowa City High (24-18), 5 p.m.

West Des Moines Valley (31-9) vs. Johnston (27-10), 5:30 p.m.

Indianola (34-3) vs. Dubuque Hempstead (31-11), 7 p.m.

Cedar Rapids Jefferson (34-8) vs. Fort Dodge (35-7), 7:30 p.m.

All-MAC teams

First team

Pitchers -- Ellie Spelhaug, sr., Pleasant Valley; Alexia Lara, sr., Pleasant Valley; Ryann Cheek, fr., North Scott; Hannah Kelley, sr., Assumption; Allie Timmons, jr., Assumption

Catcher -- Anna Wohlers, fr., Assumption

First base -- Abby Atkins, sr., Davenport West

Second base -- Carli Spelhaug, jr., Pleasant Valley

Shortstop -- Jayme Finn, sr., Davenport West

Third base -- Emily Bloomer, sr., Burlington; Bre Shorter, jr., Davenport Central

Outfield -- Makaylin Powers, jr., Burlington; Emily Wood, fr., Pleasant Valley; Brittni Lloyd, sr., Muscatine; Rylie Moss, fr., Muscatine

Utility -- Abby Moeller, jr., North Scott; Anna Forari, jr., Bettendorf; Olivia Wardlow, fr., Assumption; Catie Cole, sr., Muscatine

Second team

Pitchers -- Adessa Brandenburg, fr., Burlington; Madison Temple, so., Bettendorf; Carrie Nelson, jr., Muscatine

Catcher -- Kaylie Reynolds, jr., Muscatine

First base -- Aubrey Verdon, sr., Davenport Central; Kylie Wroblewski, jr., Bettendorf

Second base -- Erin Hatch, sr., Bettendorf

Shortstop -- Nicole Yoder, jr., Assumption

Third base -- Bell Luebken, so., Pleasant Valley

Outfield -- Alivia Fawcett, jr., Burlington; Megan Fellner, jr., Davenport Central; Katie Simmons, sr., Davenport West; Sam Lee, so., North Scott; Morgan Hogenson, sr., Muscatine; Maggie Erpelding, so., Bettendorf; Emma Johnson, jr., Assumption

Utility -- Bryanna Mehaffy, so., Burlington; Courtney Harris, sr., Davenport West; Grace Erpelding, sr., Bettendorf; Ivy Wilmington, fr., Davenport North

Honorable mention

Bettendorf -- Emma Dennison, so.; Alexis Mulvehill, so.; Sophia DelVecchio, fr.

Assumption -- Olivia Allen, sr.; Carlie Sammon, so.; Paige Madden, jr.

Pleasant Valley -- Peggy Klingler, so.; Mallory Lafever, jr.; Jessi Meyer, fr.

Burlington -- Taylor Johnson, sr.; Lydia Allen-Barnes, so.; Kayla Norton, fr.

Davenport West -- Erica Ralfs, jr.; Emma Lee, jr.; Kaylie Caldwell, fr.

Muscatine -- Haley Jarrett, jr.; Kate Nelson, jr.; Kaitlyn Bierman, sr.

North Scott -- Ashlynn Shannon, jr.; Brooke Kilburg, so.; Kendal Newman, sr.

Davenport North -- Jordan Burch, fr.; Rileigh Antle, fr.; Cristal Baker, fr.

Davenport Central -- Cindy Gabriel-Flores, jr.; Liz Bitterman, sr.; Lauren Pearson, jr.

Clinton -- Natalie Dornbush, so.; Lauren Brennan, fr.; Casey Mandrell, so.

Player of year: Carli Spelhaug (PV)

Coach of year: Ron Ferrill (Assumption) and Jose Lara (PV)

Louisa-Muscatine 3, Wilton 2

Wilton;000;110;0;--;2;3;1

Louisa-Muscatine;200;100;x;--;3;5;1

Mila Johnson, Chloe Wells (5) and Emily Coss. Isabelle True and Katie Hearn. WP -- True (18-3). LP -- Johnson (12-5). Two or more hits -- Wilton, Mallory Lange; Louisa-Muscatine, Maddie Mashek. 2B -- Wilton, Mallory Lange. HR -- L-M, True. RBI -- Wilton, Lange, Chloe Wells; L-M, True 2.

Records: Louisa-Muscatine 36-6; Wilton 25-16

Assumption 14, Benton Community 4

Benton Community;002;110;--;4;7;4

Assumption;221;009;--;14;10;2

Grace Martensen, Kate Buscher (6) and Jaden Thys, Angie Gorkow (3), Brielle\u00a0 Hogan (6). Hannah Kelley, Allie Timmons (5) and Anna Wohlers. WP -- Kelley (21-1). LP -- Martensen (14-10). S -- Timmons (1). Two or more hits -- Benton, Shelby Hulsebus, Megan Gorkow; Assumption, Olivia Wardlow 3, Hannah Wislander, Olivia Allen. 2B -- Benton, Martensen; Assumption, Wohlers, Allen. 3B -- Assumption, Lea Nelson. RBI -- Benton, Martensen 2, Buscher; Assumption, Allen 4, Wohlers 2, Wardlow, Nelson, Kelley, Emma Johnson, Wislander, Maddie Loken.\u00a0

Records: Benton 27-15; Assumption 37-3\u00a0

Baseball

Iowa postseason

Class 2A Substate 4

Today's game

At Solon -- Dyersville Beckman (29-11) vs. Wilton (24-5), 7 p.m.

Class 3A District 7

Monday's score

Central DeWitt 5, Cedar Rapids Xavier 4

Class 3A District 8

Monday's score

Davenport Assumption 1, Dubuque Wahlert 0

Class 3A Substate 4

Wednesday's game

At Cedar Rapids -- Central DeWitt (28-12) vs. Davenport Assumption (30-10), 7 p.m.

Class 4A Substate 5

Monday's score

Davenport West 1, Dubuque Senior 0

Wednesday's final

Davenport West (19-14) at North Scott (27-10), 7 p.m.

Davenport Assumption 1, Dubuque Wahlert 0

Dubuque Wahlert;000;000;0;--;0;0;1

Davenport Assumption;000;100;x;--;1;7;1

Jared Walter, Charlie Jaeger (5) and Jimmy McDermott; Nick Gottilla and Jayson Willers. WP -- Gottilla 5-1. LP -- Walter 3-3. 2B -- Assumption, Jayce Levy, Brandon Schlichting. RBI -- Assumption, Gotilla.

Records -- Dubuque Wahlert 22-18 (final), Davenport Assumption 30-10

Davenport West 1, Dubuque Senior 0

Senior;000;000;0;--;0;3;2

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WP -- Kyle Oberbroeckling. LP -- Logan Oberfoell. Two or more hits -- West (Ryan McKown). RBI -- West (Connor Saul).

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When Ron Ferrill saw the state tournament draw for his Davenport Assumption softball team, he was not doing cartwheels.

Even though Benton Community had 14 losses and did not have a state ranking attached to its name, Ferrill was on edge.

\u201cI\u2019ve been nervous every minute since I saw we had Benton,\u201d Ferrill said. \u201cI respect their coach, their team and the way they go about their business.

\u201cSome view it as a good draw, but I knew we would be tested.\u201d

Class 3A top-ranked Assumption was in a tussle for 5 \u00bd innings before it erupted for nine runs in its final at-bat to register a 14-4 quarterfinal win Monday night at the Rogers Sports Complex.

The Knights (37-3) meet fourth-ranked Humboldt (31-3) in the semifinals at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Benton humbled Assumption in the 3A championship game two years ago. The Knights haven\u2019t lost to a school in their classification since that contest.

\u201cIt was in the back of everybody\u2019s minds that played two years ago what happened in the state championship,\u201d senior Hannah Kelley said. \u201cWe wanted to come out and prove ourselves.\u201d

Assumption, eyeing a state repeat, tallied four unearned runs in the first two innings and seemed in control.

Benton (27-15) fired back.

Grace Martensen roped a two-run double in the third, and the Bobcats tacked on runs in the fourth and fifth innings to get within one.

The Bobcats had the tying run at third base in the fifth before reliever Allie Timmons was summoned in and retired Jessie Havlik.

Timmons set down the top of Benton\u2019s order in the sixth, a trio which had five hits in the first five innings. Martensen came within 12 to 15 feet of tying the game with a home run, but Emma Johnson corralled the fly ball to end the inning.

\u201cI just pitched how I knew how to pitch,\u201d Timmons said. \u201cI threw my riseball and I have all the confidence in the world in that pitch. I knew it was going to work.

\u201cHonestly, I love that position finishing the game because Hannah and I are very different pitchers, different styles of pitching.\u201d

Assumption exploded in the bottom half of the sixth. The Knights sent 12 hitters to the plate, including a two-run double from Anna Wohlers and a bases-clearing double from Olivia Allen to bust it open.

Ferrill\u2019s team finished with 10 hits, half in that inning.

\u201cI knew we had it in us,\u201d Wohlers said. \u201cWhenever we get a hit, we have more confidence to keep going and going. So after one hit, we go straight to the next. We keep rallying.\u201d

Assumption also capitalized on four errors. Ten of the Knights\u2019 14 runs were unearned.

\u201cThe routine plays we normally make, we didn\u2019t make them,\u201d Benton coach Eric Stenberg said. \u201cYou can\u2019t give Assumption extra baserunners and extra outs because they\u2019ll make you pay.

\u201cI\u2019m proud how we fought back, and our pitchers did a nice job, but I was disappointed with our defense.\u201d

Olivia Wardlow had three hits, scored three runs and had an RBI for Assumption. Hannah Wislander and Allen each had two hits as the Knights extended their win streak to 19 straight.

Every player in Assumption\u2019s lineup was on base at least once.

\u201cOur girls are driven, motivated and know they\u2019re capable of doing a lot,\u201d Ferrill said. \u201cThey stay focused, stayed the course. As long as we got an at-bat left, we\u2019re in control.\u201d

Ferrill breathed a sigh of relief afterward.

\u201cWe knew the pressure of the moment could lead to some mistakes,\u201d he said, \u201cbut we did a great job of battling back.\u201d

Photos: Iowa Class 3A state softball, Assumption vs. Benton Community
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MAQUOKETA, Iowa \u2013 It would be easier to list the things Nick Gottilla did not do Monday night for the Davenport Assumption baseball team.

The junior\u2019s fingerprints were all over the Knights\u2019 1-0, no-hit victory over Dubuque Wahlert in an Iowa Class 3A district championship game at the Jack Marlowe Athletics Complex.

On the mound, he struck out a career-high 16 batters while teaming with catcher Jayson Willers to craft the no-hit victory.

At the plate, Gottilla drove home the game\u2019s only run with a single in the fourth inning to score Brandon Schlichting after he started a two-out rally with a double.

In the field, he snared a comebacker off the bat of Jake Brosius and threw to Donovan Juarez at first for the final out of a win which advances the seventh-ranked defending 3A state champions into a Wednesday\u2019s substate match-up against Central DeWitt.

The Sabers advanced by rallying from a 2-0 deficit to knock off second-rated Cedar Rapids Xavier 5-4 on Monday.

Gottilla\u2019s game actually began with the first two of the five walks he issued, but Willers threw out Golden Eagles leadoff hitter Jimmy McDermott as he attempted to steal third.

The first of Gottilla\u2019s strikeouts followed and at times, he simply dominated. A dozen of his strikeouts came in 13 plate appearances by the bottom five hitters in the Wahlert order, a string Brosius ended to end the game.

\u201cThe idea was to just come out and compete,\u2019\u2019 Gottilla said. \u201cI wanted to pound the zone and not give them a lot to work with. I\u2019ve walked some batters this year, but I needed to work the zone and compete with every pitch I threw.\u2019\u2019

Gottilla found success with his slider and fastball and coaxed the Golden Eagles into swinging at a number of high fastballs.

\u201cHe was really good. He found himself deep into the count against a lot of hitters, but he battled and kept attacking,\u2019\u2019 Assumption coach Billy Argo said. \u201cHe ended the game on his 110th pitch so he left everything he had out there.\u2019\u2019

McDermott reached base three times on walks for Wahlert (22-18), but Gottilla said he wasn\u2019t necessary working to pitch around the .403 hitter.

\u201cIt wasn\u2019t by design,\u2019\u2019 Gottilla said. \u201cThings sort of worked out that way.\u2019\u2019

Things worked out for Assumption (30-10) as well.

The Knights collected all seven of their hits off of Wahlert pitchers Jared Walter and Charlie Jaeger in the game\u2019s first five innings, striking out just twice while stranding 10 runners on base.

\u201cWe had some chances, especially early, but we weren\u2019t able to capitalize,\u2019\u2019 Argo said. \u201cWe found a way to get one run, and at least in this game, that was enough.\u2019\u2019

Assumption accomplished that by stringing together three straight two-out hits in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Schlichting got things started with a two-out double that rolled to the wall in right.

Before scoring on Gottilla\u2019s game-deciding single to right, Schlichting advanced to third on a base hit by Adam Metivier that slipped through the infield and into left to leave Knights at the corners.

\u201cWe got the run we needed,\u2019\u2019 Gottilla said. \u201cIt was getting late and we needed to get a run home. In a game like this, one run can be big.\u2019\u2019

Gottilla made certain it stayed that way.

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Halfway through a Class 4A substate semifinal and locked in a scoreless pitcher's duel with Dubuque Senior, Davenport West senior starting pitcher Kyle Oberbroeckling had some words of encouragement for his teammates.

\"Just get me one (run),\" Falcons catcher Connor Saul said of Oberbroeckling's confident speech in the dugout. \"That's all he was saying and he was going to finish it and he did it.\"

Oberbroeckling backed up his words by throwing a three-hit shutout to help West defeat Senior 1-0 on Monday night at the West baseball complex.

The Falcons (19-14) advance to take on North Scott in Eldridge on Wednesday at 7 p.m. for the sub-state title and a trip to state.

Oberbroeckling was about a close to dominating as you could get for giving up three hits. Two of the hits were infield singles and the third was a bloop hit, barely over the second baseman's head. He fanned eight hitters while walking one.

Saul, who also backed up his pitcher by getting the game-winning RBI hit in the sixth, said Oberbroeckling never let the Rams (15-25-1) get comfortable at the plate.

\"Location, he was killing his location,\" Saul said. \"He saw what they were swinging (and missing) at and he gave it to them,\" Saul said. \"Once we got into the late innings, he was just pounding the zone. He got stronger as the game went on.\"

Falcons coach Scott Beatty concurred with Saul that Oberbroeckling was on from the first inning.

\"Kyle did a great job, he was efficient in the zone and he stayed ahead of hitters and even when he did walk the one batter, he came right back and got the next guy,\" Beatty said. \"He had good command of his change-up, good control of his fastball. It was a great approach by him and he had real good rhythm.\"

For a while, it seemed like the Falcons might be wasting Oberbroeckling's outing. West left six runners in scoring position in the first five innings, including not scoring in the fourth inning after loading the bases with no outs. To Oberbroeckling's credit, he did not let those missed chances rattle him at all. In the next inning, he set down Senior in order on just 11 pitches.

\"Everyone stayed up in the dugout and my defense and my catcher (Saul) gave me a lot of confidence,\" Oberbroeckling said. \"The way it was going, we thought one might be enough. Their pitcher (Senior's Logan Oberfoell) threw a great game but this was a huge team win.\"

The Falcons finally broke through in the sixth when Ryan McKown led off by reaching on an infielder's error. Mckown was moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt by Noah McCreary. He reached third base after a wild pitch from Oberfoell.

That's when Saul stepped to the plate.

After getting down 1-2 in the count, Saul fought off a breaking ball down and away. His defensive swing made contact and bounced past a diving second baseman with the infield playing in, trying to cut down the go-ahead run.

\"When you are going up there, you always have to have a game plan and I had a runner on third with less than two outs, I had to hit it to the right side of the infield or get it up in the air,\" Saul said. \"He gave me an outside pitch and I knew it was going to be strike three, if I let it go by, and I threw my bat out there and made contact.\"

The Rams made the West fans sweat a little in the seventh when leadoff hitter Tom Casey blooped a single to right-field. But Oberbroeckling got the next hitter to pop out and the fanned the last two batters for the victory.

Next up is a rematch with the Mississippi Athletic Conference champion Lancers. North Scott swept West in a doubleheader earlier in the season but Saul said the Falcons are used to big-game situations.

\"We have experience in games like this and we know North Scott is going to bring it to us, they are a great team so this should be a lot of fun,\" Saul said. \"We just have to show up and play our game.\"

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Jose Lara has referred to Carli Spelhaug as Pleasant Valley's spark plug all season. The Pleasant Valley second baseman was voted as the Mississippi Athletic Conference's softball player of the year Monday.

Spelhaug, who helped the Spartans to a share of the league title and a third consecutive state tournament appearance, was one of four Spartans selected to the top team in voting by league coaches.\u00a0

Sister and pitcher Ellie Spelhaug, senior Alexia Lara and freshman Emily Wood joined Spelhaug on the top team.\u00a0

Carli, a four-year starter, is batting .481 with 60 runs scored. She has smacked 13 doubles, 9 home runs and knocked in 40 runs while swiping 22 bases out of the leadoff spot.\u00a0

Davenport Assumption, which shared the league title with PV, also had four players on the first team in Hannah Kelley, Allie Timmons, Olivia Wardlow and Anna Wohlers.

Muscatine had a trio on the first team in Catie Cole and outfielders Brittni Lloyd and Rylie Moss.

Davenport West, North Scott and Burlington each had two first-team selections. Jayme Finn and Abby Atkins represented the Falcons, while Ryann Cheek and Abby Moeller made the top team for the Lancers.

Makaylin Powers and Emily Bloomer were first-team selections for Burlington. The remainder of the first team featured Bettendorf's Anna Forari and Davenport Central's Bre Shorter.

Assumption's Ron Ferrill and PV's Jose Lara were named co-coaches of the year.

Baseball

Central DeWitt rallies to upset Xavier: Central DeWitt overcame a 2-0 deficit Monday to upset second-ranked Cedar Rapids Xavier 5-4 in an Iowa Class 3A district baseball final.

Trailing 2-0, the Sabers (28-12) used a four-run fifth inning to position themselves to end a 17-game win streak by the Saints.

Two walks, two bunts and a two-run single by Devin Hurdle followed by a run-scoring double by Cam Steffens pushed Central DeWitt ahead to stay at 4-2.

Tucker Kinney opened the sixth inning with a home run which provided the Sabers with what proved to be a needed insurance run after Xavier (30-10) pulled within 5-4 by scoring twice in the bottom of the sixth.

Central DeWitt advances to face Davenport Assumption in a substate game Wednesday in Cedar Rapids.

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FORT DODGE, Iowa\u00a0\u2014 Isabelle True did not find out until about 10 minutes before Monday's state tournament game she would be getting the start in the pitching circle.\u00a0

\"Between her and Hailey Sanders, we've got two very good pitchers,\" Louisa-Muscatine softball coach Bryan Butler said. \"It's always kind of a game-day decision as to what we're going to do and how they warm up.\"

The Falcons made the right decision.

True established a Class 2A state tournament seven-inning record with 16 strikeouts in top-seeded Louisa-Muscatine's 3-2 victory over Wilton in a quarterfinal tilt at the Rogers Sports Complex.\u00a0

The Falcons, making their state tournament debut, advance to play fourth-seeded Central Springs (28-3) in a semifinal contest at 3 p.m. Wednesday.\u00a0\u00a0

\"I'll remember this game forever,\" True said. \"It was just special.\"

It was especially so for True.

Besides getting the win and the strikeout record, she triggered L-M (36-6) at the plate with a mammoth two-run home run in the first inning and scored another run in the fourth.

\"It felt good to get things started and take the stress off,\" True said. \"It made everyone feel less pressure was on them. It isn't as nerve-racking.\"

True struck out the side in the second, third and fifth innings. She was particularly effective with her riseball.\u00a0

\"She was on fire,\" Butler said. \"She really stepped up today.\"

Still, Wilton (25-16) had ample opportunities.

The Beavers stranded eight baserunners, including runners in scoring position in the second, fourth, fifth and sixth innings.\u00a0

L-M elected to walk Wilton freshman slugger Chloe Wells, who came in with 22 doubles, 9 home runs and 60 RBI, intentionally three times, once to lead off a frame.\u00a0\u00a0

\"We respect her and know her very well,\" Butler said. \"She's a great hitter and with one swing of the bat, she can change the game. We know that.\"

Mallory Lange had two of Wilton's five hits, but the Beavers never could deliver the hit in a critical situation. It was a stark contrast from the past two regional games where Wilton scored nine and 10 runs, respectively.\u00a0

\"Chloe is the spark in our lineup, so when teams do that, our other girls need to step up and today they weren't putting the bat on the ball like we have in games past,\" Wilton coach Kortney Denkman said.\u00a0

True matched Treynor's Madison Keysor's mark of 15 strikeouts with the first out in the seventh. She set the mark on the final out of the game.

\"I always feel secure in the field when Isabelle is pitching,\" L-M outfielder Maddie Mashek said.

Mashek returned to the lineup after missing nearly a month with an ankle injury sustained sliding into home during a game against Winfield-Mount Union. She had two of the Falcons' five hits.\u00a0

Butler admitted his team was a little awestruck walking into the complex.\u00a0

\"They were like, 'Oh my gosh, look at those stands,'\" he said. \"We had to tell them the bases are still 60 feet and the pitching rubber is 43 feet. It is the same game played between the chalk lines.\u00a0

\"They were a little intimidated by the bigness of Fort Dodge, but hopefully the next game that won't be the case.\"

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A number of top Chicago Cubs prospects, including the organization\u2019s first-round selection in this year\u2019s draft, will take the field in the Quad-Cities beginning Wednesday in a Midwest League match-up between affiliates of the last two World Series champions.

As cross-division play continues this week in the Midwest League, the River Bandits host South Bend in a three-game series at Modern Woodmen Park.

\u201cOur fans have been able to watch the Astros\u2019 top prospects every night for the past few years and while the Cardinals in Peoria and the Twins in Cedar Rapids bring some highly-rated opposing players in regularly, this is a bit of a rare opportunity,\u2019\u2019 Quad-Cities general manager Andrew Chesser said.

Under current scheduling practices, Midwest League teams in the Western Division host Eastern Division opponents for one three-game series once every two years.

This will be the just the second time since the Cubs shifted their affiliate in the league from Kane County to South Bend in 2015 that the River Bandits have hosted South Bend.

\u201cOur fans and the Cubs fans in the area don\u2019t get the chance every year, so we're looking forward to having South Bend in our ballpark and giving folks a chance to see the next the Kris Bryant,\u2019\u2019 Chesser said.

With a roster that includes four of the organization\u2019s top-30 prospects, the Cubs have played .500 baseball through 24 games in the second half and are one game under .500 for the season.

South Bend added Nico Hoerner to its roster last Thursday. The shortstop from Stanford was the 24th overall pick in last month\u2019s draft and has already been promoted twice by Chicago.

He played three games in the Arizona Rookie League and seven games for short-season Eugene before being promoted to the Midwest League. Through four games with South Bend, Hoerner is batting .400 with one double, one home run and three RBI.

He joins a roster that includes Miguel Amaya, a .280 hitter and the starting catcher for the World team in Sunday\u2019s Futures Game and the 10th-rated prospect in the Cubs organization.

The 19-year old from Panama went 0-for-3 in the prospect-filled showcase held at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., as part of all-star festivities.

South Bend\u2019s roster also includes the Cubs\u2019 sixth-rated prospect, pitcher Brendan Little, 19th-ranked pitcher Erling Moreno and 23rd-rated pitcher Javier Assad.

Eastern opportunity: Quad-Cities finished off its road match-ups against Eastern Division teams with a 6-5 loss at Bowling Green on Monday, giving the River Bandits a 9-3 record away from Modern Woodmen Park against teams from the East.

\u201cWe had a great road trip to the East in the first half that really got us going and hopefully it will play out again this half,\u2019\u2019 Quad-Cities manager Mickey Storey said.

Quad-Cities went 3-3 on its trip to Dayton and Bowling Green over the past six days, losing three one-run decisions before returning home to face South Bend and a Tigers-affiliated West Michigan team managed by former major leaguer Lance Parrish.

It\u2019s all about timing: An appearance in the Futures Game allowed Quad-Cities to miss what would have been a scheduled start for Reds prospect Hunter Greene on Friday.

The second overall selection in the 2017 draft provided a glimpse what the River Bandits would have faced when all 19 of the fastballs he threw during a 27-pitch outing Sunday at Nationals Park were clocked between 100 and 103.1 miles per hour.

“You won’t see that in the major-league all-star game,’’ Torii Hunter, the manager of the U.S. team in the prospect showcase told MiLB.com following the game.

Yordan Alvarez, a member of the River Bandits\u2019 2017 Midwest League championship team, played for the World team in the game and went 1-for-3 with a walk in a 10-6 loss to the U.S. team.

Turn back the clock: A thunderstorm that hit during the ninth inning left the playing field at Burlington\u2019s Community Field unplayable Friday night, a situation which allowed the Bees to earn an unusual win.

Lansing scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning to erase a 7-2 Burlington lead before lightning and ultimately heavy rain led both the field and the stands to be cleared in what was then a 7-7 game.

One bank of the stadium\u2019s lights went dark briefly when play was halted but came back on although the rains forced the suspended game to be called.

Because Burlington and Lansing do not meet again this season, by rule the score reverted back to the last completed inning and the Bees were awarded a 7-2 victory.

Still dealing: Former Quad-Cities pitcher Patrick Sandoval was named Monday as the pitcher of the week in the Carolina League.

Sandoval, who won the same award in the Midwest League twice this season, was honored for allowing one hit over seven innings while striking out eight for Buies Creek in a win over Delmarva last Wednesday.

Now 9-1 with a 2.00 ERA on the year, Sandoval hasn\u2019t allowed an earned run in his last 42 innings dating to a May 23 game with Quad-Cities.

Alumni report: One year to the day after being promoted from Quad-Cities to high-A Buies Creek last season, Cionel Perez made his major-league debut Wednesday for the Houston Astros.

Called up from Double-A Corpus Christi for the second time in three weeks, Perez gave up a pair of hits and allowed one run while striking out two batters and walking a pair in 1.2 innings of work against Oakland.

The 22-year-old lefthander from Cuba made his United States professional debut for the River Bandits last season, starting in nine of his 12 appearances for Quad-Cities before being promoted to Buies Creek on July 11, 2017.

Perez went 4-3 with a 4.39 ERA for the River Bandits, striking out 55 batters and walking 17 over 55.1 innings of work.

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